You've somehow stumbled upon the page of Dan DeWitt, genre-hopping author of the zombie thriller ORPHEUS, the Norse mythology adventure ODINSONS, and the horror short-story collection UNDERNEATH. There's lots more where those came from, so stick around.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

2011: My first self-publishing year by the numbers.

I think that 2011 was a pretty good debut for me as a self-published author. Some non- to semi-interesting stats:

0: books sold to agents

0: coincidentally, the number of agents I queried

0: number of close friends or family members I solicited for a review

0: zombie kills, alas

>0: people I can legitimately call "fans" at this point

>0: fans I secretly want to refer to as "DeWittnesses"

1: book available on Createspace

1: each of a zombie thriller, a Norse mythology adventure, and a short story collection self-published

2: covers created using GIMP

2: past WIPs given new attention (Croatoan and Addicted)

3: works self-published from June through December

4: number of months that Orpheus was available on Amazon, after I eventually figured out that Smashwords doesn't distribute to Amazon
4: planned releases in 2012 (assuming the world doesn't end)

6: people foolish enough to invite me over for a guest post or interview

8: percentage increase of Orpheus sales from September to October

10: short stories in my free collection "Underneath"

64: percentage increase of Orpheus sales from October to November

91: percentage increase of Orpheus sales from November to December

118: "likes" on my Facebook author page

750 (conservative guess): times I mentioned "zombies" online

900: increase in Twitter followers from July through December (big assist to Twitter Goddess Julie A. Lindsey for that one)

3,000+: Tweets (yeesh)

3,000+: pointless Tweets

10,000+: number of downloads of "Underneath"

$100 billion: income goal for 2012 (adjustable)

infinite: possibilities for 2012


  1. 1 number of people named antonio angelo that were like holy shit this guy can write.

  2. Funny, I don't feel foolish, and I hadn't started drinking yet tonight. Hahaha! But seriously, I don't drive a lot of traffic to my blog, but the post is the second on my list of the most viewed posts. About 50 page views, if that makes you feel better.

  3. Nice wrap up Dan! I especially like way you linked to that Twitter Goddess. She's gorgeous ;) LOL And OMG but 10K downloads? Serious *curtsy* to you my friend THAT is fabulous.