Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy.

August Sales: Some Interesting Tidbits

So here is some information about my indie publishing sales for August.
The number one seller among my indie titles was The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel across all platforms. It was closely followed by Pretty When She Destroys (PWSD #3) and Pretty When She Dies (PWSD #1). This pattern held steady in all the countries where the books are sold.
Pretty When She Dies was on sale for $0.99 at the beginning of the month, but sold more copies when it returned to its $2.99 regular price.
The first and third books in my trilogies (Untold Tales, Pretty When She Dies) outsells the second book in both series by nearly 1/3 of the total sales across all formats. Which makes me wonder if people are just skipping the second book? If so, should I be writing just two book series and not trilogies? Why would people skip the second book in a trilogy? 
The individual episodes of my serial In Darkness We Must Abide far outsells the compilation of Season 1(ebook and paperback) by a massive margin. The paperback of the compilation outsells the ebook compilation, which makes me wonder if the paperback is being purchased by fans who already read the serial and now want it on their bookshelves. When Season 2 comes out, I’ll be interested to see if these numbers hold true. Are the readers of the serial buying the paperbacks, or are new readers buying it because they don’t want to read the individual episodes?
The individual episodes for season 1 total $3.96.
The ebook compilation of season 1 is $3.99.
There was an error in the listing for The Tale of the Vampire Bride that I discovered this month. I had been wondering why it had a steep drop-off in sales. Amazon was directing anyone searching for the book to listings for old used copies with the old covers. I contacted them and now the listing for the updated ebook and paperback appears. Wow. I can’t believe that happened. Sales immediately ticked back upward after this was fixed.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05235628363081574896 Pili

    It’s something to wonder about, the whole first book and third book… but maybe it’s cause the people buying the third book are those who already have the previous books and the ones buying the first one are people giving the series a try? or are people buying book 1 & 3 together but not 2??

    Personally sometimes book 2 in a trilogy can feel more like a fill-up but that clearly was not the case for Pretty When She Kills!

  • rhiannon

    I have no idea! I find it really odd that a reader would skip the second book and jump to the third. I don’t consider 2nd books to be filler.