I've given Smashwords, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Sony, etc, and their respective bookstores several months to show me improved sales figures. They have, in a word, failed. In fact, failure is too kind a word, but I'm not going to go into it as I've already expressed my feelings towards Smashwords in a previous blog post.
My plan is to pull the plug on December 1st. Since I'm already stuck waiting for their 1099-MISC next year (which this year they e-mailed me approximately two weeks after their legal deadline to have delivered it to me), this will hopefully prevent me from having another nightmare when it's time to pay the government for the privilege of living in this great nation. The nightmare that was my tax experience this year finally ended earlier this week; hopefully never again.
I originally signed up for Smashwords with high hopes. 75% royalty rate for direct sales, distribution to virtually every e-book store at a fair royalty rate, and so on. So far this year I've been paid $18.09 and am owed $13.41. That's right, $31.50 for the first 10.5 months of the year, from virtually everywhere outside of Amazon. For comparison, I've sold 133 copies of Subject 12 so far this month alone. At ~$2.60 per copy, that works out to $345.80 for the month of November if I sell no other copies before the end of the month -- an occurrence I really hope doesn't happen.
In any case, thanks for the support and for putting up with my flaky update schedule from all my health issues and time constraints. I'd hoped to have some bigger news to share by now, but it looks like what I'd hoped it would be has turned into disappointment. If I ever know more for sure I'll fill you all in as soon as I can!