Smashwords: 336 (forecast: 400)
my orders from Lulu: 25
direct from Lulu: 11
total: 11 (forecast 5)
(addendum to previous months) - I made two interesting discoveries that may explain previous months' activities. First, I received a positive review from the Oxford information hub "Daily Infornmation" in the middle of November - although there is no obvious correlation to a spike in downloads.
Second, in the last week of December, Songs was listed in ebooksjustpublished's top 10 DRM free ebooks for Christmas - I'm fairly sure that was the reason for the spike at the end of December.
late Dec/early Jan - my old college alumni newsletter went out with a long article on Songs
15 Jan Discounderworld ezine writes a piece on me and on Year Zero Writers
mid Jan - Writers' Forum print magazin carries a follow-up piece on me in Siobhan Curham's self-publishing column
It was always going to be a slow month. I spent every spare second building up for the tour that started on Feb 4th. Two things are of particular note:
1. The efictionbookclub closed down the week before it was due to read and review Songs. Obviously this was a big blow. I wish the people behind it all the best in future, though - the jobn they did whilst the site was running was fantastic, and an excellent model.
2. There was an enormous spike in both Songs' downloads, and those for 13 Shadows, on January 13th. I have absolutely no idea why. As it affected both books I then had on smashwords, I am guessing it was related to smashwords, but I don't know how - it's too early for it to be aggregated first quarter downloads from Barnes & Noble - if it happens that date in a month/quarter's time I will be clearer that it is an automated aggregation of something!
Also worth noting that 10 (but not the 11th) of the Lulu sales were from a single family member for use as presents.
I DO have hopes for February. I've got some significant local news coverage confirmed, and we are on tour, with two big gigs that I hope will kick start sales, or at least downloads. The first, at Rough Trade East, was on the 4th. Next up is To Hell With Books on the 23rd. I'm also hoping we might get some write-ups and general web coverage out fo the tour, and want to make sure the sales and downloads are mentioned there.
downloads: I'll go with what I hope is a cautious 300, in case the web tie-ins don't run as smoothly as they might
sales: 10 - largely from live readings
I HOPE both of these are cautious