Forever Will End On Thursday – stats for first five days

Just reviewed stats at the Forever Will End On Thursday website and at Lulu & Smashwords, five days after launch. In addition to 955 overall views at the website, this is what I find:

ebook downloads – 25
PDF downloads – 16
print purchases – 6
MP3 downloads – 2
CD purchase – 1

Of course there is no way to tell whether obtaining the collection = actually reading the whole collection or even part of it, but still, the evidence indicates that 50 people have obtained the collection since it launched five days ago on March 21, presumably with the intention of reading it or listening to it.

I like those numbers, and I like even more the fact that they result from the ‘how do you like your poetry served?‘ publication package & philosophy we used for the collection, which specifically recognizes that different people like to read or hear their poetry in different forms, and that delivering the poetry in several different forms maximizes its overall chances of being read or heard. I’m particularly pleased at the e-book numbers – it was a lot of hard work and trial & error to get the e-book formats to a satisfactory level of quality, and am now so glad of that investment.

Warmest thanks to all of you who have taken the trouble to obtain a copy of Forever Will End On Thursday, in whichever form you chose….

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Nic Sebastian

Nic is the author of Forever Will End On Thursday and Dark And Like A Web. She founded the now-archived Whale Sound site and is co-founder of The Poetry Storehouse. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale and Voice Alpha.

3 thoughts on “Forever Will End On Thursday – stats for first five days”

  1. Congrats, Nic. I will be downloading, too. I have to say that over at the poetry readers group on GoodReads, we’ve noticed how the number of readers you get go WAY up when the collection is free. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. Still, for those who want to find an audience, it is a significant help. All the best!

  2. Thanks, Sarah! If a collection has been produced by a publisher who has costs to recoup and needs authors to help with that, the pressure to sell sell sell is understandable. The way we’ve conceived the nanopress model side-steps that dynamic and makes it easier to focus instead on getting poetry out in as many different formats as possible, with ‘cost’ or ‘no-cost’ as only a secondary factor. As we all know, there are myriad ways to serve the Muse!

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