I could hardly be more pleased with my first StoryBundle experience.
We closed out the Indie Fantasy Bundle with about 2350 bundles sold. That means Sword and Chant is in the hands of over two thousand strangers. For a new writer like me, just starting out with a “platform” the size of soapdish rather than a soapbox, that’s fantastic. I didn’t make as much per-sale as I would have selling those books independently, but StoryBundle allowed me to tap a new set of readers in a short amount of time. That was worth it to me. If readers like the book, they’ll tell others and buy future works. If readers don’t like it… Well, it’s better to know now, yes? 🙂
By the numbers: About 84% of those sales were over the bonus mark–an awesome number for a pay-what-you-want strategy. The income totals indicate plenty of folks paid more than the minumum bonus mark. The readers chose to donate over $1000 to Mighty Writers and Trees for the Future.
My share of the total income makes me very happy. It brings me almost one-third of the way to my eighteen-month income goal. It also brings me to about one-third of my unit-sales goal for the same time period.
The folks behind StoryBundle were great and easy to work with, and I look forward to keeping in touch with the writers who shared the bundle with me. Payment happens within 30 days of the bundle’s end–faster than any other platform. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
If you missed the bundle, you can still go to StoryBundle for links to all the works included.
UPDATE: A few writers have come this way in search of information on StoryBundle’s payment terms. For the Indie Fantasy Bundle, payment was in my account within a few DAYS of the bundle’s end.