August was great, but I’m no Hasselhoff!
A big thank you goes out to all those who found my book on kindle and decided to give it a chance. August was my best month to date. I sold over 500 copies of HOT RUN on the kindle and with the way September is starting out, I should go well beyond that this month! At the time I am writing this, HOT RUN is listed as #10 on Amazon’s top 100 list for the Kindle War/Fiction category. This has been amazing! It has inspired me to think my dream of being a full-time author may be inching closer. However, I’ve got a lot more writing to do if I’m going to make it happen. Yet, with this little taste of success, there are many things I have learned. First…
I am no David Hasselhoff
Everybody knows, Germans love David Hasselhoff, but I have yet to sell a copy of HOT RUN on Amazon Germany. I have sold the majority of my copies on Amazon US, and about 15% of my sales have come from Amazon UK. Zero from Germany. This does not come as a surprise to me though, because I have done zero marketing targeted to a German audience. Also, there are no references to Germany in my book. So, while my hair may look a little like David Hasselhoff’s right now(I need a haircut), I have none of his magic German love. There are many countries in this world, most in fact, which have had no one buy my book, but Amazon keeps pointing this lack of German sales out to me in their sales reports. It makes me picture the Hoff himself sitting in a cubical in Amazon’s headquarters, looking over my numbers with a sneer, saying, “Sure, over five hundred sales by a nobody, but what has he sold in Germany!”
I may not have a talking car, but…
I did find myself above Tom Clancy’s latest book on Amazon’s War Fiction list. This was a pretty cool feeling. Especially since “The Hunt for Red October” was the only thing I knew about submarines when I was sitting in the DEP station (the enlistment center for the Navy) and they asked if I wanted to volunteer for submarine duty. The movie was cool, so I said, “Can I drive?” Little did I know, while underway I would be driving it six to twelve hours a day…everyday.
Needless to say…
I am very excited about how last month turned out, and how this month, just a few days in, is shaping up. I actually starting to get some real hope that one day, I will be writing for my full-time job. In fact, I’m already counting my chickens before they hatch. Which I am often guilty of, but what can I say, I am an eternal optimist.
Thank you to everyone for your support, I will keep you up to date as events unfold!
~ T. Steven Sullivan