When I got back into professional writing after my long hiatus, I had intentions of going right back to small press publishing. But my first project was to do something with my backlist, and after some muddling around, I hit upon the idea of Kindling my old books. Now I'm wondering, should I Kindle the new ones or try to sell them to a small press?
I guess like anything else, it depends. My books on Amazon are selling fairly well-- since I started, the best seller has sold over 900 copies and earned me $311 so far, which is not bad for a re-released novella. The next biggest seller has sold 750 copies and earned $266, and the other two books' sales seem to be growing. The amount I'm earning is not as much as I'd earn from an e-publisher, but if they continue to sell... I suppose my big question is, will my books continue to sell at this rate? Will they actually improve saleswise, as J.A. Konrath's and Zoe Winters' have? Or is this all a fluke which will fade away?
I have other concerns about selling only on Amazon, too. What if someone hates my writing and leaves one-star reviews on all my books? Could that significantly impact sales? What about the shift to 70% royalties? Will that help or harm my sales? Is it possible Amazon might eventually decide to stop selling indie books? I guess I'm a don't-put-your-eggs-in-one-basket person anyway; I had my books with more than one small press, too. It just seems safer that way.
Right now, my plan is to Kindle my whole backlist (including The Light in the Darkness if I can ever get Bantam to give me the rights back, grrrr). I also want to do a couple of new things for the Kindle and see how they sell. But I also intend to get something written for my Samhain editor. And who knows, eventually I may even try approaching New York again. I think I'm more comfortable when all my eggs aren't in one basket, even if that basket is selling well.