First, I expected some significant fallout from the Borders bankruptcy, but that didn’t happen. In fact, this was a very strong quarter for sales, the strongest in recent memory (of course, ‘strong’ here is a relative term; I’m just a midlist writer). Next quarter might be different, however, with Borders now liquidating.
The Twilight War continues to lead in terms of sales, with the The Erevis Cale Trilogy Omnibus following, then the individual books of the Erevis Cale Trilogy. I’m guessing that a lot of Star Wars readers are trying out the Cale stories (and here are the ten reasons why they should :-)), and that probably accounts for the continuing strength in sales. Crossover is good! My sincere thanks to the Star Wars readers who’ve given the Cale stories a whirl. Likewise, my sincere thanks to my longtime Cale readers who’ve picked up my Star Wars books. It means a lot and I appreciate it.
Ebooks continue to make up a large chunk of sales. The Twilight War is breaking about 50-50 print to ebook, while the individual books of The Erevis Cale Trilogy break about 20-80 in favor of ebooks. I think that’s due to two factors. First, the trilogy has been out a long while, and the individual books aren’t commonly stocked on store shelves anymore. If someone wants an individual book, it’s just easier to get it digitally. Second, the Omnibus is selling well, is inexpensive (considering it’s three books), and folks who want the trilogy in print are probably just buying the Omnibus rather than searching shelves for individual books.
So that’s it. I don’t have any sweeping conclusions to offer. But things seem to be going along just fine, despite all the churn in the publishing world. I’m grateful for that.