I've not sold many books through Amazon to date - and I am very grateful to anyone who has bought one. I put stuff up through Smashwords, and I have sold half a dozen there - and I am just as grateful. However I have only just realised that I may have sold books elsewhere. It has taken a few months for the penny to drop that Smashwords do distribute to places like Kobo and Sony and if some have been sold there, then they may not immediately show. I have always been a bit rubbish at actually getting things like this. It is not a useful character trait.
So I went on a bit of an ego trip, and I had a rummage in some of the places that Smashwords distribute to, and found that in the category of contemporary fantasy priced at 99c I am approximately (too giddy to remember the actual numbers) 250 out of 450 in 'bestselling' order.
It is a bit hard to grasp. I mean, people out there who I don't know may have bought a book. This is taking it out of the literary equivalent of tupperware, selling to family and friends, and into a scary place. And I don't know how many yet I've sold. I am guessing around six or so, which is a big deal for me, a big step out into a scary world.
According to Smashwords refreshingly open t&cs I should be updated at the end of January. Today is the 19th January. I have twelve days to go. I shall be a wreck by the end of this. I could have it all wrong, there may be no sales (and I will be devastated now, rather than all accepting as I was before I looked), but if there is more than six it will be equally shocking - and mean that I have to be a bit more serious about my writing.
Watch this space for self indulgent stressing!