Numbers, and £££, and an auction…

numbers-1336519_1280Writers work with words. That’s a fact, but numbers play a part too. Not only do we have sales figures and the dreaded Amazon rankings to contend with, we have to think about price and profit and tax returns and accounts and all the other etceteras. And I’ve always been terrible at maths.

Sales figures are tricky for us hybrid authors. For the books we self-publish, we get figures in real time. For our trade published books, the figures arrive well after the event, which makes it hard to compare. But who’s counting, anyway? (Don’t answer that…)

CC-AnnCleevesOn to the Amazon rankings. Once you get your head round the fact that your book can sell more copies one day than it did the previous day, and still go down in the rankings, these are actually quite fun. If you’re lucky, you get the chance to take screenshots of your book with all sorts of lovely neighbours. Chosen Child has been right there beside some of my own favourite writers in the past few weeks. The rankings zigzag a lot, but I’m pleased that my newest release has now been a whole month in the top 1000 in the Kindle Store.

And one day I noticed The Cold Cold Sea having a fun time with the number 6…


While we’re talking about numbers, my fifth book is in the end stages of being prepared. At the moment it’s with the proofreader, and it’s booked in with my formatter later this summer. I’m working with the cover designer now. The cover of Chosen Child will be a hard act to follow, but I have a feeling we’re going to end up with a really spooky cover for book five. Watch this space.

red-15154_1280To finish off with, a lovely heart-warming story:
Chosen Child was auctioned last week.
I’m a member of the UK Crime Book Club on Facebook, where fellow-member Sylvia Gaunt auctions signed paperbacks for Bloodwise, a blood cancer charity in the UK. A few weeks ago she asked if I’d like to take part, so I sent off my book. It was up for auction from Monday until Wednesday lunchtime, and I’m very happy to report that it made £40.-

But the story doesn’t end there. One bidder had to leave the auction early, and when she failed to win Chosen Child, she offered another £40.- for Bloodwise, for a further signed paperback. So altogether, my book has made £80.- for charity. And if any other crime writer has a spare signed paperback they’d like to donate, get in touch with Sylvia – she never has enough!


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10 Responses to Numbers, and £££, and an auction…

  1. anita & jaye says:

    As it happens, we do have some spare paperback copies…

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  2. Sylvia Gaunt says:

    That is a wonderful BLOODWISE Linda and thanks for mentioning auctions, best regards Sylvia Gaunt xx

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  3. evie gaughan says:

    I hear you – my eyes instantly glaze over when I read the words ‘Amazon Algorithms’! I would like to understand it, but my brain just switches off at the mere mention of maths 🙂

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  4. I can’t for the life of me figure out Amazon rankings, who sets them, how they are set, who comes up with the categories, etc. Maybe someday I’ll understand, eh? Until then, glad your books are doing so well, and that “Chosen Child” made some serious money at the auction. Cheers and have a great week.

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    • lindahuber says:

      Thanks Cinthia – you too! I guess someone at Amazon comes up with the categories, but for the moment I’m happy enough not really ‘getting’ how it all works. 🙂


  5. Well done with the auction, Linda, and with your continuing success. 🙂

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