I've let you know before when my total sales reached 100,000 and 200,000 respectively. Well, I've just learned that I'm at 292k right now!
Which means that soon...soon, my pretties...the 300k milestone will be upon us.
Just so you know, here's my methodology for counting sales: if someone reads an entire book of mine, and it makes me as much money as buying it outright, that's a sale.
So...obviously when someone buys a book, that's one sale. But when someone reads an entire book of mine in Kindle Unlimited, I make just as much money and they've read just as much book, so that's one sale. The Traveler's Gate Trilogy, if someone reads the entire collection in Kindle Unlimited, counts as three sales (although I make as much money as for five sales, I only count it for three, because it's three books. So uh...go re-read that in Kindle Unlimited if you want to make me very happy). If someone buys the collection outright, that's also three sales, because they're buying three books and I'm making $6, which is roughly what I'd get for selling them separately anyway.
That's just as a point of full disclosure. I don't count a $6 profit from the Trilogy the same as a $2 profit from House of Blades; I spread it all around so every "sale" is more or less equally weighted. It's the only way I've found to count sales equitably.
And obviously free promotions don't count as sales at all. They're just good for spreading word-of-mouth awareness.
I'd like to do something sort of special for 300k, since it's not every day you cross another 100,000 sales, but I'm not sure what. I'm already trying to release Blackflame ASAP. Maybe that counts.
Is there something relatively easy I could do on the blog to celebrate? Like a video or a poll or an AMA or something?
1/24/2017 07:17:37 am
Congratulations! I love it when independents are successful.
1/24/2017 08:12:24 am
Well, if everyone is in the Kindle Unlimited world, which I am told is more of a fixed pie divvied up among all the contributors according to some arcane Amazonian calculations, how would all authors benefit from joining you? Or, in your experience working with KU directly, have you seen them growing the pie?
1/24/2017 08:16:05 am
Same Jay again, forgot to type what I came to the comments section originally for.
1/24/2017 07:19:02 am
You could do a poll to let the users choose something. The next short story you write, the name of a person/place/thing in Blackflame, the name and/or gender of Simon's first real crush, etc. Y'know, something fun that you can limit to what you actually want to do, but gives the fans a feeling of having contributed.
That's a good idea, if I can narrow it down to the right thing. You know, I've long wanted to try a Kickstarter-esque project where contributors get to come up with their own characters/locations/magical creatures/spells/whatever, and then I'd write the story.
1/24/2017 07:45:37 am
Maybe a video of you dancing to cheap thrills since you are nice enough to price your very successful books so reasonably. :-)
1/24/2017 09:09:42 am
Have you considered patreon? I think it would be more or less what you need, as people can give you money and contribute to some of the story.
I haven't really considered anything yet, since it's just an idea. I haven't made a plan or looked into it or anything; I have more than enough on my plate as it is.
1/26/2017 07:19:47 pm
That is what I was going to suggest, or maybe you could write a chapter on twitch. We could all watch you write. Creepy, cool or both?
1/28/2017 03:42:21 pm
Will, have you seen Marco Kloos using names of his donors in his books. Instead of untangling intellectual rights - we "hire" you to write a book using our ideas and everyone who does donates to a cause you designate. And obviously prebuys the book.
2/6/2017 09:35:41 pm
Internet contests are a terrible idea. You will end up with a magical creature called the dickbutt who captains the Boaty McBoatface
2/7/2017 09:56:40 am
1/24/2017 07:52:53 am
commemorative t-shirts. and cake.
1/30/2017 06:05:46 am
I love that idea! Especially the cake.
1/24/2017 07:53:49 am
Congratulations on the sales! Perhaps have a poll for who we see in the next death match?
1/24/2017 08:11:45 am
Ooh! Not an AMA, but could you answer a question?
"Save the Cat" by Blake Snyder is a great book on screenwriting that is easily adapted to plotting out a novel.
2/4/2017 07:23:11 pm
Yeah your writing is definately getting better, but you always had great imagination....can't wait to see what's next
Enryu Red Tower
1/24/2017 09:00:49 am
1/24/2017 10:30:42 am
Maybe allow us to submit a name of a Path, just the names, nothing else about them. If that gets the creative juices flowing then choices the top choices you like and inspire you the most and allow that be a short story sometime down the line.
1/24/2017 08:30:15 pm
Honestly I what I hope for to happen would be a Stan Lee cameo. It randomly appears in your story somewhere, gets a brief nod and then you continue your story. Just something for the longterm fans that I would mention in a review which I believe would draw my readers to you because everyone wants to be in on an "inside joke" as it were. Who knows, maybe it would become a thing for every 100k or 300k sales you hit or other big milestone, you open something like this up again (This is my hope to be honest).
Family of Raccoons in a trench coat trying to sneak into a movie theatre
1/24/2017 11:26:45 am
This is a great idea. Hearing about all these different paths is one of my favorite aspects of the story. Really makes the world feel larger.
1/24/2017 01:42:34 pm
Yeah, that would be be super great. I love reading about the different Paths. Also, maybe you could make some sort of "Path compendium" when you finish Blackflame. Or a writing guide. Whenever I try I get writer's block within the first five pages. Also, do you mean open mouthed Pac-man so like 60% done or 70-75% done, or close-mouthed Pac-man. (which I'm hoping for but doubt will be true)
1/24/2017 01:44:42 pm
Oh, I forgot what I meant to write. Congrats on 300,000 and good luck on 400,000. 😀
Family of raccoons in a trench coat trying to purchase groceries, but the employee operating the checkout booth suspects something is amiss
1/25/2017 07:26:57 am
Looking forward to that then!
1/24/2017 12:22:33 pm
What if you read your book multiple times on Kindle Unlimited?
1/24/2017 12:24:59 pm
Also, does the pacman include editing time, or just a draft?
1/24/2017 12:32:10 pm
At the most conservative, if you continue working at the same pace, we're looking at 40 more days if you take pacman to be 75 percent. ~20 more days if pacman is at ~85% (With the assumption that you've been working the full 120 days between Sep. 26, 2016 and today, but that's almost certainly not accurate because of the time you spend planning)
1/24/2017 01:46:15 pm
Yes, pease post a picture of the Pac-man. Please!
All right, so in the future, I really need to just ignore all time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I try to work then, but I rarely get much done, because there's always something--someone's in town, I have to go buy something, I have to clean the house...
1/24/2017 01:30:44 pm
It only counts the pages once per reader. The only real glitch is that if you read it in Kindle Unlimited and then buy the book, the author gets paid twice. You can't do it in the reverse order though, the system won't let you check out a book you have bought on kindle unlimited.
1/24/2017 07:32:09 pm
Hah, then I've "bought" Will's books twice over - I read all his books using Kindle Unlimited on my wife's account, then read them all again when my wife got tired of my eBooks cluttering up her Kindle library and told me to go make my own account.
1/24/2017 12:35:58 pm
Just a question pacman as in nearly done or pacman as in just starting
1/28/2017 06:48:06 pm
I'm going to take this on a positive note and say almost done hopefully
1/24/2017 12:42:02 pm
Ok, so since I have KU and its been a while since I read the whole TG series, i got the collection from KU. I started reading it, and i realized that the beginning of the first book is nothing like i remember. Were there major revisions or something?
1/24/2017 07:01:21 pm
Nah, man. It's just that every time you read a Traveler's Gate book, Will Smith shows up and whips out his little black thing (GEDDIT?) and waves it in front of your face so you forget everything!
1/24/2017 07:33:17 pm
Yeah I definitely remember the beginning of House of Blades being a *lot* more confusing the first time around.
1/25/2017 05:22:56 am
(in answer to your question, Adarsh, yes there were major revisions to House of Blades)
Yeah, if you read House of Blades right after it first came out, the beginning is different.
1/27/2017 11:41:19 pm
You could. Video games get remastered all the time, aside from it being unconventional what's to stop you from remastering your own books?
1/24/2017 12:46:44 pm
Congrats! I just started (and finished) reading your books. I love your work, and it's great to hear you're doing so well.
1/24/2017 05:31:15 pm
Congratz! I just want to say one more time that the Cradle books have been amazing! I even had to buy my friend Unsouled for his birthday! I also bought the Crimson Throne, but I haven't gotten to read it yet as I was finishing up the Nice Dragons Finish Last.
I'm always more than happy to talk about my sales numbers. It's hard to find information like that out there from other independent Kindle authors.
1/25/2017 08:26:53 am
So now I'm looking through your website to find out how to order hard copies.
1/25/2017 01:45:07 pm
So is "I'm a best-selling author" your go-to pickup line now?
1/28/2017 06:33:35 am
Will, gratz on milestone - take a look at foreign income tax exclusion - something like 100k tax free. Alec can probably tell you more seeing he is living in China. Also have you considered translating your work?
1/24/2017 09:04:02 pm
Maybe the first chapter of blackflame or just the first 5 pages. Wet our appetites for the release. I also want to thank you for the great prices and for putting it on KU.
1/25/2017 03:21:57 am
This guy gets it. Hype train and all. First chapter pls!
1/25/2017 05:07:30 am
First chapter, that's...harder than you think.
Honestly, I've probably read a few hundred books on my kindle now(I have KU). I'm always looking for new stuff to try out and because of the KU I've found a load of them. That's how I came a crossed your books and I read all of them within a week. I love indie and new authors coming out and putting their stuff on KU. I think its a great marketing strategy. I just love reading and think authors deserves to make good money.
1/26/2017 05:19:41 pm
Lightness' issue is why I haven't finished Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence yet - I liked that series a lot, but the Kindle edition of the last book is $15 and I just can't bring myself to pay that much for an eBook after spending $40 on the ones before it. At that point I might as well spring for an extra $3 and buy the hardcover, but I don't know if I like the series *that* much.
Lightness, I think what you're seeing is what happens when a major publishing house buys the rights to a successful indie author's works. They have a vested interest in decreasing ebook sales and funneling readers toward their print offerings, so they price ebooks ridiculously high. I doubt many true indies would price sequels at those levels voluntarily.
1/27/2017 11:47:46 pm
You're one of the only authors I know of where I legitimately find myself thinking you sell your books too cheaply. Less than $6 is criminally low imo.
1/25/2017 04:45:06 am
Maybe to start celebrating, you could start taking some medecines to cure that allergy to cameras of yours, ya know?
There are a few photos of me out there. Some say even on this very site...
1/25/2017 02:58:02 pm
Taking your picture steals your soul. Making you, ummm, unsouled.
1/25/2017 08:56:55 am
Congratulations on Your Awesomeness!!!!
1/25/2017 09:01:20 pm
You know, you could put up like five chapters of Blackflame as a separate "book" thats available on KU before releasing the actual book. That way we get to read some of it early, and you make money twice on those chapters.
1/25/2017 09:11:02 pm
First, I congratulate you by gifting you a plate of imaginary cookies. Next I recommend you go out and buy some cookies.
1/25/2017 10:55:16 pm
Wait, are you Harlequin as in The Fairy King Harlequin?(If u have no idea what I am talking about, go watch nanatsu no taizai)
1/28/2017 02:07:13 am
Why can't he be both? King is pretty funny in the manga as well.
1/26/2017 02:46:50 pm
I join your other fans in congratulating you on a huge milestone-300k sold is fantastic. Thank you for your honesty and openness on how KU works. My sense is you regard yourself as well treated by KU, something I had hoped is true but had no info about.
I can't speak for anyone else's experience, but I've been VERY well-treated by KU. It's the bulk of my monthly income nowadays.
1/27/2017 08:52:24 pm
I really like Elder Empire... The Calder half of the books are especially awesome. The worldbuilding is fantastic and the characters motivations are heartfelt.
Thanks Phil! In a lot of ways, I think it's still the strongest writing I've done (all the events of the plot are driven by a protagonist's actions and strongly held opinions).
1/28/2017 07:03:15 pm
I'm with Phil on this one elder empire is one of my favorite series #shera for the win and is up next to shadowhunters and harry potter in my book shelf which is why I nearly did a spit take of the perfectly good sprite I was drinking when you said delay of cradle which means okak is delayed once again plz let your writing be the best piece yet written by mankind so I can not only read the new cradle but get to read EE faster
Hart of the Star
1/29/2017 05:49:37 am
"For instance, I thought Elder Empire was a great idea. Much better than the ideas behind Traveler's Gate or Cradle. I crammed too much into the setting, that's true, but the "dueling perspectives" thing and the "epic fantasy with a Lovecraft backdrop" thing are both rich ideas. Plus it's more character-driven by definition, which is a neat change of pace for me.
1/29/2017 12:54:48 pm
I love your writing Will, but I haven't given the Elder Empire series a chance yet. It's because of the dueling perspective that I haven't. I'm not a big fan of multiple viewpoints in a story. There's nothing more annoying to me than getting really into what's going on in a story only to have it change to someone else and I have to wait 100 pages or more before it goes back to what I was enjoying. It takes me out of the story. If it's brief and just serving to expand a little bit on what's going on I don't mind, but having multiple "main" characters off doing there own thing is not my cup of tea.
1/30/2017 05:06:40 am
Dustin they are in two separate books so you don't have to see both view points if you don't want to
This has gotten a lot of response, so let me clarify:
2/4/2017 07:41:39 pm
I like me all but I can definately see unsouled get more attention due to the cover art and genre... I mean nobody likes pirates unless there from the Caribbean. But definately better characters thus far in EE. Either way can't wait for either to come out but I d really like to finish EE.
1/26/2017 03:09:32 pm
I have nothing against a video of celebration.
1/27/2017 12:54:16 am
Hey, you could start a new youtube gaming channel as well, You just need to be able to talk non stop about any topic in the world while playing a game. You could probably do it
1/26/2017 05:05:15 pm
Congratulations sirrah! You deserve every sale and more. My 2016 was made better by your writing prowess. My 2017 is feeling a little lackluster though... Perhaps, Blackflame? (Not to pester, just to maintain that feeling of dire emergency that it deserves!) Congrats again!
1/26/2017 05:44:27 pm
Hurrah! Congrats on the milestone and thank you again for giving us such great entertainment to consume!
I could at least use them in a short story or as random background, though. I always have room for a handful of casually mentioned Path names.
1/26/2017 07:13:40 pm
I have something special you could do. When you've reached the point where you're stopping work on Blackflame for the day spend 10 extra minutes on it and get it out that much faster. I know that would please me.
1/27/2017 12:48:43 am
Ah well, couldn't hurt to ask. Keep up the great work.
1/26/2017 07:21:26 pm
I knew from the first moment I picked up House of Blades that you were going to go somewhere. It was rough, it was a little schlocky, and I could tell it was a first real foray into writing... but it had something. It had that spark, that flow that so many books - even 'good' books - seem to lack. It's been a lot of fun watching to books get better, and you gain in popularity over the years. Congratulations on 300,000, and I look forward to seeing your worlds grow over the years.
1/26/2017 07:34:08 pm
You could do a twitch video of you writing a chapter. Cool? Creepy? Both?
I've tried to figure out how to do this before, but the problem is it would be really boring.
1/27/2017 12:06:05 am
Congrats on (almost) 300,000, I'm betting you'll triple that and then some. I can't say I've been following you for any significant amount of time (a little while before Unsouled came out), but it has definitely been a pleasure. Your writing has definitely improved, but I still crown Simon above all your other characters and still hate you just a little for Urzaia. If you're anything like Sanderson, I'd appreciate a short story. If taking a little diversionary break disrupts you in any way though, please just put up a poll or something. I'll make sure to submit a Path name that sound great but makes no sense whatsoever (The Path of Cascading Ascendance).
1/27/2017 12:57:11 am
That names sound cool at the very least. Will could probably cook up something to go with it(and hopefully not give us food poisning)
2/10/2017 02:50:52 pm
I like this idea a lot. 'Path of the Devoted Soul' (or something like that) for all of the fans. It would be a cool way to identify ourselves as well.
1/27/2017 10:59:52 am
Easy! A Travelers Gate Animated Series! Then at 400k an Elder Empire Animated Series, then at 500k an Unsouled Animated Series, then at 600k a Will Wight Animated Series!
1/28/2017 07:10:10 pm
That would be amazing
1/28/2017 04:21:38 am
1/28/2017 10:32:01 am
Wow. So forgive me if finances are something you prefer to keep closer to the chest. But at 300k x $2 per book have you really made 600k in the past few years? That's so much more than I expected a self published author to be making on Amazon.
1/28/2017 01:48:40 pm
He deserves it.
Nah, I'm not shy about talking about my finances. Largely because it can be difficult to find actual numbers from self-published authors, so I want to contribute some information out there.
1/28/2017 05:26:56 pm
If you ever do have money problems, you could write a litRPG novel like Aleron Kong, where status upgrades/levels take 2 pages of copy/paste text to generate easy page counts.
1/28/2017 08:44:07 pm
Fisrt, congrats on the sales.
1/28/2017 11:31:51 pm
Empty try Unbound Deathlord. It may change your opinion of American LitRPG. It has a protagonist who's a likable ass, a corrupt agency running the game world *cough EA cough*, and a pretty interesting plot that is something other than simply grind to level up to grind.
I typically hate LitRPG too, Jim, but I feel like there's potential. It SHOULD work, which makes me want to try it out.
1/30/2017 09:24:58 am
But when will the Blackflame Progress turn into Lowgold?
1/30/2017 04:03:58 pm
Unbelievable. You can't even keep a consistent font size on your name at the top of the page and you've sold almost 300K in books? What is wrong with us?
1/30/2017 11:24:26 pm
I really like the idea of allowing us to nominate/vote on features like paths or character names. I also like the idea of an auction of crowd sourced style event. Funds can either be a bonus for you or go to a charity of your choice.
1/31/2017 01:11:00 pm
I've been here from Day One, and you're one of the few authors I have consistently followed. I thought your Elder Empire series was much deeper and well done. But it feels like your cradle series kind of went back to your roots and what worked well in the Traveler's Gate series. While I really enjoyed the Traveler's gate, it was missing a depth that would make me want to go back and do a re-read. I'm enjoying the Cradle series immensely, and am excited to read the next 10 or so books in the series.
1/31/2017 06:48:23 pm
When will we get the January short story?
2/1/2017 05:09:35 am
I do believe that a new blog is in order.
2/1/2017 09:08:25 am
Here's an idea. For 300k you can always do that beta reader contest you talked about in your FAQ
2/1/2017 08:36:07 pm
That's actually a pretty good idea
2/1/2017 09:45:24 pm
So....Is gold last stage in progress bar;)? I started reading with house of blades. Eagerly waiting for blackflame.
2/5/2017 07:43:05 am
Honestly I've read all your books on kindle multiple times. buy your books outright as soon as they come out. You deserve the milestone.
2/5/2017 10:43:50 am
2/6/2017 03:12:43 pm
Have you ever read Dawn of Wonder?
Family of Raccoons in a trench coat attempting to evade the police in a high-speed car chase, but have crashed into a fruit stand
2/7/2017 05:28:34 am
Once again, Congratulations on so many sales! Out of curiosity, how do you create your characters? Is it a result of the setting they are in, or is the character the first thing you create when writing a new story?
It's a little of both, Family of Raccoons in a Trench Coat Attempting to Evade the Police in a High-Speed Car Chase, But Have Crashed into a Fruit Stand and are Covered in Orange Pulp.
2/9/2017 03:07:48 am
How do the people on Cradle age?
Family of Raccoons
2/9/2017 05:13:52 am
Regardless of whether or not their lifespan is increased via ranking up, they will live longer on average. Their immune systems and internal organs appear to become far better at combating pathogens and toxins. As they human body ages, its immune system weakens, but who knows if that is the case with an iron body?
As is usually the case with raccoons, Family of Raccoons is correct. Below roughly Underlord, it's just that their spirits compensate for age really well. Living over 100 isn't too uncommon.
2/9/2017 07:10:44 am
I have a question regarding the scope of future battles.
2/10/2017 07:06:30 am
NEW BLOG PLS!!!!!!!!
Not a Robot
2/10/2017 08:41:45 am
A lack of blog posts indicates that Will is hard at work my friend. I know you're eager for progress reports (we all are) but we want Blackflame to be as good a quality as Will feels it should be. Embrace Tranquility.
2/10/2017 01:21:02 pm
Someone has been playing a bit too much overwatch...
2/11/2017 01:42:29 am
As you say, sensei
2/11/2017 08:07:52 pm
It does not need to be a long blog post. Any time the comments get over about 100 it would be nice to have a new post. Even if it is just "I'm busy. Discuss among yourselves."
2/11/2017 10:55:35 pm
Yup, from what I've noticed about Wills blogging habits is that long delays usually means he's powering through. That and this is about the time he speculated he might be able to finish the book, so I bet that the next blog post is going to be an announcement that he's given it to his beta readers or something similar.
2/12/2017 04:14:18 am
@john I could see will doing that
Gage knows what's up.
2/11/2017 08:37:31 pm
If your looking for something to read Brock E. Deskins' Sorcerers Path series is good enough to pass time. First book is decent and I'm on number three and still reading. Looks like he has 8 in the series. So that should get you through until Will's book is out. They are also in Kindle Unlimited so that's an added Bone Us.
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