Posted on July 19, 2014
That was the question I was recently asked. And here was my response:
The answer may vary depending on whom you’re talking to: a traditionally-published author or a self-published author.
When approaching literary agents, the first question they might ask is how many books have you sold. A self-published author might then start backpedaling, explaining that their books are only available online, not in the general trade. For me (a self-published author), I’ve sold 14,000 SAND DOLLAR eBooks online in comparison to selling… ahem, well let’s just say, a lot less of the paperback version online. My paperback sales are somewhat embarrassing to mention, especially to a literary agent, who may be looking for sales of at least 20,000 paperbacks, if not more. On the other hand, selling 14,000 eBooks is a decent number — at least for me, anyway. Since I’ve had success selling eBooks, I suppose that is where my best chances lie for continued success, especially if I ever want to make USA Today’s Best-Selling Books list of the top 150 books sold each week.
My best chance of making a bestseller list is to run a 99-cent promotion while using companies like BookBub and others to promote my book. The last time I did this, I sold 3,000 eBooks in a week, which was pretty good, but not good enough to make USA Today’s Bestseller list. Perhaps I’d have to sell double that number in a week to make their list.
So to answer the question, I suppose I’d rather sell eBooks, and in particular, I’d like to sell them when I’m running a promotion.
For me, it’s not about the money. Book sales aren’t great enough for me to make any substantial amount of money. And I’m seemingly years away from recouping my initial investment. Perhaps one day that might all change if my career as an author ever takes flight, however. Pursuing your dreams, if you can, makes the journey so worthwhile, regardless of the outcome. Only time will tell…
On a separate note, here’s my horoscope for today (July 19, Leo): “Very soon the spotlight will swing back around to you. Take advantage of this time. You still have the privacy and peace you need in order to reinvent yourself and hone your act.”
Posted on March 04, 2014
Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is now available for Kobo eReader devices. Also available for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and iTunes.
Posted on January 24, 2014
Valentine’s Day is only a few heartbeats away. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate this special day than to cuddle up with your loved one…and a good book, of course! Book Reporter is giving readers the chance to win one of their five Bookreporter.com Valentine’s Day prize packages, which includes one copy of each of our featured books and some delicious Ghirardelli chocolate. Enter between now and Tuesday, February 11th at noon ET for your opportunity to be a lucky (and beloved!) winner. If you’re feeling frisky, share with us your all-time book character crush. Don’t be shy, we all got ‘em! We’ll post your literary loves and lusts, along with the five winners, on Valentine’s Day, so be on the lookout!
Book Reporter’s featured Valentine’s Day titles are:
CIDER BROOK: A Swift River Valley Novel by Carla Neggers
I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU by Erin Lindsay McCabe
LOVE IS A CANOE by Ben Schrank
LOVE ON MIMOSA LANE: A Seasons of the Heart Novel by Anna DeStefano
LOVING CARA: A Love Under the Big Sky Novel by Kristen Proby
ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes
SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love by Sebastian Cole
SEX AFTER…: Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes by Iris Krasnow
THE SWISS AFFAIR by Emylia Hall
UNLIKELY LOVES: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer S. Holland
A WELL-TEMPERED HEART by Jan-Philipp Sendker
WHAT NORA KNEW by Linda Yellin
Click here to go to Bookreporter.com’s entry form
Posted on December 15, 2013
Congratulations to Brenda for winning the Sand Dollar photo contest with a picture of her and her dogs! First prize is a Kindle Paperwhite. Second place was a tie between Renee Stewart being incognito and Beth on the Love train. Renee and Beth will each receive a $25 Kindle gift card. Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest! Great photos!
Posted on 11/14/13
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Posted on September 27, 2013
Register to win one of 30 autographed copies of my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, at BookReporter.com by clicking here. The contest ends Monday, September 30th at noon ET. Good luck!
– Sebastian :)
Posted on September 16, 2013
Check out my ad at Book Reporter, and enter to win a free book!
Posted on September 16, 2013
I’ll be giving away 30 autographed copies of my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, at Book Reporter. Click here to enter to win. Good luck!
- Sebastian :)
Posted on September 09, 2013
I’m happy to report that Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is currently ranked at #133 on Amazon’s paid Kindle eBooks chart, and it’s ranked at #6 in Amazon’s Books / Romance / Fantasy category. I hope whoever buys the eBook fully enjoys it. Thanks for your support!
Sebastian Cole :)
Posted on August 16, 2013
I’m really proud to announce that I’ve signed with Editorial Presença, the largest independent publisher in Portugal, to publish my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, in Portuguese. I can’t wait to see it in Portuguese! And I couldn’t be happier about it.
Sebastian Cole :)
Posted on July 03, 2013
It was my pleasure to send a copy of my debut novel, Sand Dollar, to Kate in England. It must be karma, because when she opened the package that I sent her, she was so excited that she made this cute video. Click here to check it out! Thanks, Kate. You made my day!
Posted on June 30, 2013
Congratulations to all of the winners of the Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspirations for Writers book giveaway at Goodreads. I’ll be sending these books out right away, along with some extra goodies. And don’t forget to check out my article on page 367, “Lessons Learned in Writing My First Novel.” Enjoy!
Sebastian Cole, award-winning author of Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love
Posted on June 19, 2013
Five reviews more, and Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love will reach a sweet milestone — 100 reviews on Amazon. The amazing part is that Sand Dollar has maintained the same rating, 4.6 stars, from when it had half as many reviews. I’m very thankful to have such wonderful people reading and reviewing my debut novel! Thank you, thank you!
Posted on June 17, 2013
★★★★★ Sand Dollar
“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’m a confirmed romantic and I think more people should feel the same way. Life is too short not to.” – Beverly Wagner
Posted on June 17, 2013
★★★★ Sand Dollar
“A good read, easy, interesting. I totally enjoyed reading it… I will gladly recommend this book to my friends and family..” — Diane Marion
Posted on June 16, 2013
Sand Dollar Photo Contest
Hey, everybody! I’m looking for some cool shots of fans holding my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love. Please feel free to take Sand Dollar on a whirlwind tour around the world, if you’d like, but don’t forget the camera! The more creative the shot the better. One winner will receive a Kindle Paperwhite touchscreen eReader with built-in light (a $119 value). So have fun modeling and good luck!
Please email your digital photographs to email@example.com. Multiple entries are allowed. All submissions will remain the property of Sebastian Cole LLC. By submitting your images, you are granting Sebastian Cole LLC the right to use your images on websites, social media sites, book trailers, advertising, and other vehicles used to promote Sand Dollar. Entrants must be at least 18 years old. The winner will be announced on December 15, 2013. We reserve the right to substitute a comparable eReader, especially if Amazon should introduce newer and better Kindle models or if the Kindle Paperwhite should become unavailable.
Posted on June 13, 2013
★★★★★ Sand Dollar, a must READ
“I loved this book!!!!! I will read it a gain. Also have shared with my family whom also thought it was great!” — Becky Darnell
Posted on June 12, 2013
“As I lay there watching Robin sleep beside me, I realized that she was right all along. I didn’t need to live in a castle — a shack in the woods with her would do just fine. And for that matter, I didn’t need to be prince of the ocean either, because with her by my side… I was king of the pond.”