People have been asking me for a while to share my numbers, and I did, in the past, in this post on how donations make me more money than sales, but just last week a fellow writer finally helped me install the Google Analytics code on my site (I'm a techie idiot, unfortunately) and so now I'm actually able to see for the first time how many of my free ebooks people download, and which ones, and all that great stuff. That prompted me to go check out my Amazon downloads, and I nearly peed my pants, because in the last 6 weeks 1,600 my books (SIREN SUICIDES plus BLUE SPARROW) have been downloaded! That is by no means a large number, but it's huge to me, because I'm an unknown entity, and this validated for me the fact that people do really read my books, and that is amazing. So, let me refresh my numbers here for you, and we will go from here, as I'm running out of money in 3 months exactly and plan to do a Kickstarter to raise money. Or else.
I MADE $4K TOTAL SINCE I PUBLISHED MY BOOKS IN AUGUST 2013
That is obviously not enough money to live on. For me to live on, right now I need $2K a month (for kids, primarily; if I lived alone, it would be much less), and I have still enough money to burn through till the end of June.
OF THOSE $4K above $2.3K ARE BOOK SALES, $1.7 ARE DONATIONS
I also made $2K from a consulting gig in 2013 + raised $3K to go see my sick mom in Moscow but it doesn't belong to the book category, so...