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.
Thirty ratings (4.5/5 stars), twenty-two reviews on Amazon
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)
3,220 additional copies to sell to earn out the advance
12,780 copies sold from May 20th through October 22nd
Q4 to Oct 22
7. 27,000 copies printed
12. In Q2/Q3, 60% sales were hardcover, 10% audio and 30% kindle.
So far in Q4, 50% hardcover, 20% audio and 30% kindle
14. Additional books I am considering writing: two, eventually
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.