Best Beloved finally had time to put on her accountant hat this week and gave me numbers about book sales this year.
The numbers themselves are small. It’s sad, but I’ll get over it.
Here’s the wildly unexpected part: sales of Through the Fog, which I give away free just for signing up for my fiction newsletter, are the highest of all my books, and higher than they’ve ever been for this book.
That’s right: I’ve given away lots of free copies, and during the same time period sold 15 print copies and 45 digital copies.
The print copies, I get. Love a book, want a souvenir. My readers lean toward print, as do I.
But all those people willing to shell out for the digital version they could have had free?
Maybe some missed the newsletter signup thing. Maybe some don’t even visit my site, just bought it at Amazon ’cause it’s cheap.
Whatever the reason, I’m making money on a book I give away.
Free. What a concept.