You know, I just have not had good luck with selling collections. I have no idea why! In two and a half years of publishing, my single short stories always sell better no matter what genre/pen name I write them under. I’ve tried everything from snazzy new covers to paying for features. Nada.
It’s not that they don’t sell. It’s just that they don’t sell as well as the singles. I have a handful of 99 cent short stories that always seem to sell every month consistently. Small numbers, yes, but consistent. This has never been the case for a collection. Even collections that contain those same stories. Nothing seems to catch.
At first I thought maybe it was the price so I toyed around with that. Still nothing. You would think that a person willing to spend 99 cents on a 4,000 short story would be willing to spend $1.99 on a package deal. You can’t even get a coffee at Starbucks for so little!
This used to frustrate me to no end. But it is what it is. Part of being a publisher is keeping track of which product lines sell and which don’t. I still put together collections for readers to have the discounted package option. I just don’t hold my breath over the sales numbers I’ll see.
Anyone else have this same experience?