50 Days Published…


Will The Last of Us ever stop being a source of awesomeness? I think not.

I’m 50 days in to my 90 day Kindle Select contract for HOOD: Book 1 of the American Rebirth Series.

As of 6:40pm, today:


Can you guess where my 6 day Countdown deal was? ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m pretty damn pleased with the results. I’ll admit I long to go multi-platform, but I’ve had such success with my book on Kindle Unlimited, I can’t see myself taking it off of Select.

Both graphs seem to be steadily climbing (I pray the trend continue) but the growth rate of my KU reads seems even higher.

I wish I could ascertain how much of my ranking was based on sales and how much on KU lends:


Obviously, if taking off select would drop my ranking significantly, I think it would be foolish to do.

Also: HOORAY #26 and #31!!

Part of my really wants to try multi-platform just to see how much more sales I could get from other distributors… but I think I’m going to hold off on that for awhile. I don’t want to stop any momentum I have on Amazon at the moment.

I’ve sold a net of 504 books so far, for about 10 books a day.

KU pages read, well, it’s a lot. Rough calculation is about 225,000 pages read.

I’m pretty psyched about all that.

My question for other Indie Authors: How much (or what percentage) of your sales would you say comes from non-Amazon platforms?

I’m on a quest for more information, lol. I put on my robe and wizard hat.

-Evan Pickering

10 thoughts on “50 Days Published…

  1. Hi Evan, I left a review a couple nights ago but I needed to go back in and add to it. I was reading your book and Bill Deloray’s at the same time and got overwhelmed. Your book and mine, what I thought was last in my series are running nip and tuck. I have been afraid to go wide with it mostly because I haven’t a clue what I’m doing. I liked your book and found two errors and the rest was awesome. Well written and enjoyable. Keep up the good work, I am looking forward to the next in your series. Christine.

  2. About 9% of my income is from non-Amazon. I have almost nothing in KU. Personally, with results like yours, I’d stay in KU for now. Get more books out ASAP. Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yeah I think the way it is now I’m going to re-up KU but I admit I know very little about the other platforms! Haha I know I have to get the next book done! Goddamn grad school

  3. I’ve done pretty well on Kobo – but mostly because, being a Beta-test author has a few perks. In my opinion, doing as well as you have been doing with KU, I don’t think this is ANY time to bail out.

    Get busy on the next book in the series. This is not the time to fart around with tactics. You’ve got all of these readers – all of these fans all worked up – now is the time to storm the castle!

    Great entry, Evan. Damned inspiring.

    • Hahahahaha. . . Steve I think I know the truth when I see it.

      I’ll admit, I’ve become kind of wrapped up in the marketing side since publishing the book, and I might have become a bit too immersed in minutiae. I agree, I plan to stay on KU I think. And all I need to do is get my ass in gear writing BK2 ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thank you, really. I appreciate the dose of reality and the kind words.

  4. I used to see a much lower percentage (maybe 10% total) from other platforms against my Amazon sales. But since I relaunched my most popular series in December I’m seeing a much higher rate of sales–in the neighbourhood of 30-40% (total combined, though with iTunes the most active) compared to Amazon. I’m quite happy about this change, though I’m not sure what I’m doing outside the norm to generate interest on B&N, iTunes and Kobo to increase sales (I wish I did because, obviously, I’d do more of it!).

    Congratulations on your success!

    • Wow, that’s a pretty big chunk! It seems like these cases vary alot person to person… But I’d bet putting out a whole series makes a big difference! I think in the future when I have more books out I’ll do the same as you. I’m really glad with my KU reads but if I can get significant sales on other platforms that’s something I’m probably going to want to do.

      I wish you knew too so you could share it with me ๐Ÿ˜€ Seriously though, that’s awesome.

      Thank you for your kind words, and for sharing info with me. It really means a lot.

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