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Book Followup: One Month of the Apocalypse Variations

August 3, 2019

My dear readers. I’d like to undertake a little post-project navel-gazing if you don’t mind.

It’s been a little over a month since releasing my latest book, The Apocalypse Variations.

Some of you might be curious about how it went? Heres some info:

  • Release Date: June 22, 2019.
  • Price: $19.99 USD. All other markets (e.g. Canada, etc) automatically price-matched by Amazon.
  • Sales in the first month were approximately 65 copies for a return of approximately $US 375. This is a fuzzy estimate as there are a lot of currencies involved.
  • Thanks guys! You know who you are :)

If sales of this book follow the normal pattern (the long tail) which I’ve seen with my other books, I can predict a steady drip of 1 or 2 sales per week, in perpetuity, which would mean somewhere around $500 a year, every year. This is probably based on organic search and Amazon recommendations, but there will be small spikes due to things like next year’s #30x30DirectWatercolor, or the release of a new book.

So, to make a modest living (say, $40k?) off of books like these, you’d need 80 titles in print. That’s only 6.5 years of work if I could keep making a book a month.

Not realistic, no. But theoretically possible! And I expect things would pick up steam if you kept at it.

So, thanks again, all of you who’ve ordered a copy, and posted a review. You guys are the best!

Talk to you soon,


2 Comments leave one →
  1. joyjoy888 permalink
    August 11, 2019 4:07 AM

    This is a gorgeous watercolour Marc! Reminds me of some local coastal scenes around here!
    Thoroughly enjoyed your last book, so I’m glad you are adding to the collection and therefore mine!

  2. August 12, 2019 6:12 AM

    That´s an interesting insight and a strong argument to prevent people from writing books – if it´s not for their own pleasure ;-)

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