Well. This is an awkward time to be writing this post. That said, I also don’t think there is a better time between now and when my book comes out on the 23rd. So we’re going to roll with it.
Those who have followed my work for a long time are aware of the fact that every year prior to 2020, I did a charity fundraiser with my book, An Epilogue to Innocence. Each November or December, I — along with other folks in most years — used the proceeds from AETI to raise money for various charities. In most years, this has been the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, though money has been split with other charities at various points. That said, in June of last year, I announced that all proceeds from An Epilogue to Innocence going forward would be donated to The Marshall Project. That fact, combined with the exceedingly limited amount of down time I’ve found myself with over the last 3-6 months, meant that I didn’t do a charity drive this year.
With that said, I do want to give an update on how sales for AETI went from June through the end of the year last year. Considering the fact that I’ll be using a portion of the proceeds1I landed on 15% if you didn’t see that announcement a few months back. from Kotov Syndrome as a donation to the National Alliance on Mental Illness as well, this may become a quarterly post rather than a yearly one. We’ll see how sales go though.
As you can see from the screenshot below, sales for An Epilogue to Innocence were sparse in 2020.
Even if I take the most generous look at this data that I can and include all 2020 book sales for An Epilogue to Innocence, the total profit comes out to being $8.25. Because it’s not clear from the screenshot, that translates to four books sold and (roughly) 3-5 pages read by a Kindle Unlimited reader2That’s what the $0.02 value is.. On one hand, this disappoints me, as this makes 2020 by far the worst-selling year I’ve ever had with AETI. On the other hand, I completely get it. 2020 featured a massive, global pandemic that hit the United Statues particularly hard due to incompetent leadership and an unwillingness of many to show empathy and respect for their fellow countrymen. This has led to buying of anything being down, never mind random short story compilations from an author most people have never heard of. Combine that with the fact that I was too busy and/or stressed to market effectively for much of the year and I’m not shocked to have these totals.
I’ll be making a donation in excess of the amount I earned with An Epilogue to Innocence to The Marshall Project in the coming days. It’ll likely be $25, as that’s what I’ve used as a floor threshold for myself when I’ve done donations in the past, though I’ll double check my own budget for that. I’d like to thank everyone who bought a copy of An Epilogue to Innocence last year, as well as whatever kind Kindle Unlimited user flipped through a few pages of the book. Additionally, I’d like to thank those folks who have already pre-ordered Kotov Syndrome. Though I don’t have an exact count on that pre-order at this stage, my hope is that I’ll be able to make a decent donation in Q2.
I would like to point out that my commitment to donate 100% of my proceeds from An Epilogue to Innocence to The Marshall Project and to donate 15% of my proceeds from Kotov Syndrome to the National Alliance for Mental Illness will continue indefinitely. If you’d like to buy An Epilogue to Innocence or order/pre-order Kotov Syndrome, please do so. If you would like to donate to The Marshall Project or the National Alliance on Mental Illness directly, click on the links in this sentence.
Thank you all for supporting me. I intend to share my next charity roundup in Q2 of 2021.