October 23, 2019.
An Elegant Puzzle was released on May 20th, 2019 by Stripe Press. In June, I summarized what I learned writing and publishing it: it was amazing. Now that the book's been in market a bit longer, I wanted to recap An Elegant Puzzle by the numbers across its first five months.
Hardcover sales rank peaked at 369 (I recall a slightly higher peak number, maybe this is average position over a day, but this seems close enough)
Audible sales rank peaked at 992
Kindle sales rank peaked at 1,231
The June dip is a long story, but essentially a few folks reported typos in the digital verison which resulted in the Kindle verison being pulled from Amazon for 2-3 nerve-wracking weeks while we learned how to navigate Amazon's revised process for submitting updates. All's well that ends well.
~3,000 new Twitter followers (~4,000 to 7,337)
12,780 copies sold from May 20th through October 22nd
|Q4 to Oct 22||721|
Altogether, I'm quite proud of these numbers. I'm certain they fall far short of many other books out there, but simply getting to share my work with folks has been life changing. It's resonated with the folks who I hoped it would resonate with. Similarly, it's annoyed a decent number of people, which I think is an important measure of quality in its own right.
As always, an obligatory mention that books don't do anything, it's rather the numerous people behind those books who make them successful, and all credit is due to Brianna, Tyler, Sasha, Shaun and the entire crew behind Stripe Press.