I started the pen name Jamie Klaire September 2013, the first shorts debuted 9/12/13. This post covers the first six weeks- units sold, titles out, aprox cash made- in my first six weeks. Boring post, more for prosperity’s sake. I wish I knew other author’s starting story so I’m writing mine. Better blog posts to come, I promise.
Shared On My Husband’s Birthday– sold 10 in September, 4 in October- 14 total
Massaged And Shaved By My Step Brother, AKA Shaved And Massaged By My Neighbor, depending on retailer. Both editions together- sold 13 in September, 5 in October- 18 total
Dirty Little Secrets (Compilation of 6 stories on Amazon, and 3 ‘family secrets’ stories elsewhere) together- sold 2 in September, 3 in October- 5 total
Hot For Teacher (This title was down most of October for a rewrite- I wasn’t happy with it. Originally my only 99 cent story, I rewrote and lengthened it, re-releasing it Oct 31 for 2.99)- sold 5 in September, 1 in October- 6 total
My First Menage– sold 4 in September, 1 in October- 5 total
Please Officer, I’ll Do Anything (Both original and Step Brother Versions)- sold 5 in September, 6 in October- 11 total
Spying On My Sister (AKA Spying On My Neighbor, depending on retailer)- sold 4 in September, 2 in October- 6 total. (Note, I released this title as a freebie on Smashwords October 26, with a bonus preview of Shared On My Husband’s Birthday included. Hopefully it will eventually be free everywhere, allowing a free sample of my work. We shall see if that helps sell the other titles. So far on Smashwords it has been free downloaded 229 times.)
Seduced At The Marine Masquerade Ball (AKA Deflowered At The Marine Masquerade Ball -I guess Amazon has issues with the word ‘Deflowered’, and also available at some retailers as Deflowered By My Step Brother At The Marine Masquerade Ball)- this title was released in October, so no sales in September- sold 8 in October- 8 total.
My plan was to release a handful initially and to add 2 short stories a month. I released 6 titles in Sept, but took one down for rewrite. October’s two titles were one original, and the rewrite. As of the end of October I have 7 titles up (some titles are available in two editions, and I did release a collection, but in reality I consider them 7 original shorts.)
Total Titles Sold Sept/Oct- 73 titles. My first goal is 100 titles sold, goal not yet met.
Aprox Cash Made In First Six Weeks- $86.51 September, $61.83 October= $148.34 total
A far cry from Selena Kitt’s aprox $500,000 a year, but even she had to start somewhere. And since I don’t consider my first ‘starter stories’ anywhere near her skills as a storyteller, I’d be happy eventually just to quit my day job and maybe end up with a tenth of her yearly income. $50,000 a year for telling erotic short stories purely for fun? Oh yeah, count me in. But, I’m at the very beginning, so we shall see.
Quick note- October sales seem to run one sale per day- writing this on Oct 31, I show 30 sales. (In the interest of full disclosure, October also logged 9 units refunded. I think someone downloaded, read, and then returned 6 of my titles, just from the way they seemed to happen, but that leaves 3 others. 3 seems more like a valid ‘oops I one-click ordered’ number. Either that or I really suck. Need more months, titles and sales under my belt to determine. Septembers refund number was more like 2, out of 43 sales. 2 out of 45 seems way more normal than 9 out of 39. I guess only time will tell.