I have a newsletter!

I plan to mail out 4 times a year. I’ll pop in some new work as I write it, as well as some special deals. Would you like to subscribe to my newsletter? If so, please email me on realmtrilogy@gmail.com.

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Book 1 Medar – published August 2017. Click here to purchase.

Book 2 Tyrelia – published March 2019. Click here to purchase.

Book 3 Golden City – published November 2020. Click here to purchase.

Please nominate my book Golden City for SJV Award!

The Sir Julius Vogel Award

My book Golden City is eligible for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards. The first stage of the process is to get as many nominations as possible so that I make the short list. I would really appreciate it if you could take a minute to populate the following information into the nomination form: https://docs.google.com/forms/u/0/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSXxGILPPEo1xt7WwUr5e10_I6L4HPhLxJ2kn_CuboiqEjfA/formResponse?embedded=true

Title: Golden City
Author: S R Manssen
Category: Best Youth Novel
Publisher: Manssen Publishing House
Author contact: realmtrilogy@gmail.com

Let me know if you would like a free PDF of the book to read for nomination purposes.

Book 1 Medar – published August 2017. Click here to purchase.

Book 2 Tyrelia – published March 2019. Click here to purchase.

Book 3 Golden City – published November 2020. Click here to purchase.

Another milestone!

I’ve set myself a number of goals so I get a sense of achievement in this writerly game. Things like:

  1. Receive royalty from Amazon (achieved last month!)
  2. Break-even on the cost of producing my books
  3. Get my Amazon marketing campaigns into positive ACOS (ie earn more than I spend 🙂 )
  4. Win an award for one of my books

Well, one of my goals was to sell over 500 books…and sometime since releasing Golden City I finally achieved that goal! That’s across all 3 books, in all formats (paperback or e-book) and all sales platforms.

Unfortunately I am a long way off achieving any of my profitability goals. So that is my focus this year: make more money than I spend (easier said than done when I make less than a dollar per e-book sale…)

Finally! First Amazon royalty!

After advertising on Amazon since April 2019 (16 months ago) I have FINALLY received my first royalty payment!

The top chart is book sales. The only sales I made prior to starting to advertise on Amazon were when I launched my first 2 e-books on Amazon: June 2018 for Medar and April 2019 for Tyrelia. Each sale represents around $2 royalty.

The bottom chart is Kindle page reads. I only realised that my books weren’t signed up to Kindle unlimited in Feb 2020. This has turned out to make more money per book than e-book sales. I might make $7 off a book, when it only costs $4 to purchase.

Anyhow, when I started to sell books, I read the Amazon royalty conditions, and saw that I had to wait 60 days after the sale to get the royalties. But even after the 60 days, no royalty. Then I discovered that I had to earn US$100 royalties, before they would pay out anything (for a wireless transfer – if I had an account in the US they’d pay out straight away). I had made sales on Amazon platforms in the US, Australia and the UK. I added up that I’d made $100 across all the platforms and eagerly waited 60 days after that to get my royalties. No payment. THEN I found out that, oh no, I had to make the $100 on a single platform!

So, finally, after launching Golden City, I made the $100 threshold on the US platform. Hurrah! But given that I’ve only got $3 on the UK and $17 on the Australian platforms, looks like it might be a while before those land in my account 🙂

Book 1 Medar – published August 2017. Click here to purchase.

Book 2 Tyrelia – published March 2019. Click here to purchase.

Book 3 Golden City – published November 2020. Click here to purchase.