2017: Sales & Earnings (Year in Review, Part II)

Since many of my followers on social media showed interest in such a post, here is a breakdown of my sales and earnings for 2017. I’m going to base this off of a combination of royalty statements received from my publisher and personal sales by hand. It will not be 100% accurate, as there is a delay between the date of a sale at a book store, when it is reported to the publisher, and when I receive a royalty check, but these are the numbers I have, so that’s what I’m working with here. (For instance, I don’t yet have the royalty statement for December yet, so I will probably update this post once that comes in, not that it will likely make much of a difference.)

First things first, I didn’t do a sales and earnings post for 2015 or 2016, so I’m going to share a few numbers from those, for posterity’s sake. In 2015, I sold 939 copies of my books (after returns) and made $414 with two titles, The Brass Giant and The Mechanical Theater, which both released in 2015 (May and June respectively). In 2016, I sold 3,348 books (after returns) and made $803 from three titles. I got a BookBub on The Brass Giant that year, which bumped my e-book sales up quite a bit, and I also released a new book, The Guild Conspiracy, in August. Both in 2015 and 2016, I spent almost all of my earnings on office supplies, promotional swag, and various writing-related expenses.

With no new releases, no high-publicity promotions, and no book news in 2017, my sales for the year sort of reflect that, and are a lot lower compared to 2015 and 2016.

In 2017, I sold 404 copies of my books (after returns) across three titles and made $388. Of my three titles, The Brass Giant sold 175 copies, earning me $255; The Mechanical Theater sold 43 copies, earning me $8; and The Guild Conspiracy sold 186 copies, earning me $125.

I keep very detailed spreadsheets to keep track of sales each month so that I can attempt to ascertain the effect of any price-drops, publicity, promotions, or in-person events on overall sales numbers. Each title has its own spreadsheet and includes monthly sales in e-book sales, bookstore sales of paperbacks, personal sales of paperbacks, and returns.

Here is a breakdown of each title, for those of you interested in more detailed numbers:

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2017: Sales & Earnings (Year in Review, Part II)

Since many of my followers on social media showed interest in such a post, here is a breakdown of my sales and earnings for 2017. I’m going to base this off of a combination of royalty statements received from my publisher and personal sales by hand. It will not be...

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The Brass Giant

Chroniker City #1

Seventeen-year-old Petra Wade, self-taught clockwork engineer, wants nothing more than to become a certified member of the Guild, an impossible dream for a lowly shop girl. But when Emmerich Goss—handsome, privileged, and newly recruited into the Guild—needs help designing a new clockwork system for a top-secret automaton, it seems Petra has finally found the opportunity she’s been waiting for…

The Mechanical Theater

Chroniker City #1.5

Petra Wade’s older brother, Solomon, has always dreamed of being an actor. Instead, he works grueling shifts in the clockwork city’s boiler rooms to help support his large adopted family. When Le Theatre Mecanique holds an open call for their upcoming performance, he decides to audition, but the only role he is suitable to fill is that of the theater’s custodian…

The Guild Conspiracy

Chroniker City #2

It has been six months since clockwork engineer Petra Wade destroyed an automaton designed for battle, narrowly escaping with her life. But her troubles are far from over. Her partner on the project, Emmerich Goss, has been sent away to France, and his father, Julian, is still determined that a war machine will be built. Forced to create a new device, Petra subtly sabotages the design in the hopes of delaying the war, but sabotage like this isn’t just risky: it’s treason. And with a soldier, Braith, assigned to watch her every move, it may not be long before Julian finds out what she’s done…

Dark Lord in Training

When Alden Millard steps before the Seeress of Erilea, waiting to learn his destined profession, he hopes for a future in a less-than-deadly career. Instead, he’s named to Master Phineas Elwyn Wright, the presiding Dark Lord of the Griffinwold, who is looking to train an apprentice before he retires from his life of evil. Bound to a seemingly inevitable fate, Alden must learn how to wrangle the forces of evil and help Phineas orchestrate one last nefarious hurrah against the reigning heroes of good in order to earn himself the title of Dark Lord…


Brooke is a stay-at-home mom, amateur seamstress, RPG enthusiast, and art hobbyist, in addition to all that book writing. As the jack-of-all-trades bard of the family, she adventures through life with her fiercely-bearded paladin of a husband, their daughter the sticky-fingered rogue, and their cowardly wizard of a dog, with only a sleep spell in his spellbook.

They currently reside in Northwest Arkansas, but once they earn enough loot and experience, they’ll build a proper castle somewhere and defend against all manner of dragons and goblins, and whatever else dares take them on.

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