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The results of publishing one book is not really data, however. A second data point is also not data. This was also an experiment. Now that the book is out on mainstream platforms such as Amazon and Kobo, LeanPub sales have basically gone to zero. I still make an occasional sale thanks to LeanPub not requiring a PayPal account and being platform agnostic.
The ebook was published 17 April Here are sales for the trailing end of April. Also, the print book came out near the end of the month. What happened to sales? Total total sales for first 3 months: 81 ebook, 51 print. What conclusions can I draw from these numbers? Word of mouth is a powerful thing, true.
My fans are awesome. All of the LeanPub and TWP sales are from my devoted readers who specifically want books from me and want to support my writing.
I appreciate every one of you. Some of my fans waited until the book was officially released to purchase. These hard-core fans would have presumably bought the book on a big-name commercial ebook platform instead. The book is selling better than I expected. Less than I hoped, mind you, but better than I expected. Extra posts on Facebook and Twitter and whatever will not get me more readers. And the public is buying.
But in the long run, the book itself is the thing. This does not include the various beers I owe assorted people. The only thing I need to get paid for is my time in writing the book. At a technical level, SSH Mastery was very easy to write. I tested absolutely everything with my OpenBSD desktop, my Windows laptop, and a remote virtual machine.
Nothing required interacting with anything outside my little world. It demands interacting with the entire world. You can make your domains disappear from the Internet. You can make your users unable to reach the Internet. My DNS knowledge dates from the mids. Writing this book meant updating my knowledge base. The years between generated a whole bunch of obsolete documentation on weird problems that no longer have any bearing on reality. The software now handles the tedious and constant maintenance.
This means that I could write a book about it in clear conscience. So: can I write and self-publish a technologically challenging book and have it be useful and correct? Can such a book solve problems for the reader and actually improve their organization?
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