Oct 152010
 

So what’s a quarter look like AFTER the quarter where we released what amounts to, at our scale, a blockbuster?

A little something like this.

Where We Started

Lifetime sales prior to this quarter:

Penny: 660
DLYM: 1049
DRYH: 3034
DFRPG:OW: 4777
DFRPG:YS: 5018
HBR: 9
SOTC: 5688
SOTS: 629
S7S: 1267

So, if that’s where we started, here’s where we went:

IPR for Q3 2010

Penny: 39 (12 retail, 16 convention)
Penny PDF: 9
Diaspora: 25 (20 retail)
Diaspora PDF: 4
DLYM: 31 (21 convention, 4 retail)
DLYM PDF: 3
DRYH: 46 (25 convention, 12 retail)
DRYH PDF: 4
DFRPG:OW: 300 (171 convention, 79 retail)
DFRPG:OW PDF: 2
DFRPG:YS: 407 (225 convention, 115 retail)
DFRPG:YS PDF: 6
HBR: 55 (44 retail)
HBR PDF: 4
SOTC: 52 (26 convention, 21 retail)
SOTC PDF: 3
SOTS PDF: 1
S7S: 20 (10 convention, 6 retail)
S7S PDF: 0

OBS for Q3 2010

Penny PDF: 6
DLYM PDF: 21
DRYH PDF: 31 (3 in Hebrew)
DFRPG:OW PDF: 178
DFRPG:YS PDF: 205
HBR PDF: 17
SOTC PDF: 67
SOTS PDF: 11
S7S PDF: 16

e23 for Q3 2010

Penny PDF: 1
Diaspora PDF: 2
DFRPG:OW PDF: 1
DFRPG:YS PDF: 2
SOTC PDF: 3
S7S PDF: 1

Lulu for Q3 2010

DRYH: 2
DRYH PDF: 1
SOTC HC: 1

Distribution Orders for Q3 2010

Hopefully I’m not getting the numbers wrong on this; the honest truth is that I’m not sure where I cut off my reporting last quarter, so these numbers are slightly “guessy” in the sense that I might be double-dipping on a couple sources of data from the end of last quarter.

On top of that, some of last quarter’s stuff doesn’t get invoiced until THIS quarter, so I’m essentially going to omit a big hunk of September’s sales here, treating them as part of Q4 down the line.

Still, them numbers down yonder, they don’t stink.

Penny: 132
Diaspora: 66
DLYM: 137
DRYH: 152
DFRPG:OW: 1285
DFRPG:YS: 1776
HBR: 189
SOTC: 201
S7S: 133

Evil Hat Webstore Orders for Q3 2010

Penny: 6
Penny PDF: 7
Diaspora: 32
Diaspora PDF: 7
DLYM: 3
DLYM PDF: 9
DRYH: 14
DRYH PDF: 15
DFRPG:OW: 311
DFRPG:OW PDF: 86
DFRPG:YS: 348
DFRPG:YS PDF: 97
HBR: 5
HBR PDF: 0
SOTC: 17
SOTC PDF: 10
SOTS PDF: 1
S7S: 4
S7S PDF: 3

Totals for Q3

Penny: 39+6+132=177
Penny PDF: 9+6+2+7=24
Diaspora: 25+32+66=123
Diaspora PDF: 4+1+7=12
DLYM: 31+3+137=171
DLYM PDF: 3+21+9=33
DRYH: 46+2+14+152=214
DRYH PDF: 4+31+1+15=51
DFRPG:OW: 300+311+1285=1896
DFRPG:OW PDF: 2+178+1+86=267
DFRPG:YS: 407+348+1776=2531
DFRPG:YS PDF: 6+205+2+97=310
HBR: 55+5+189=249
HBR PDF: 4+17=21
SOTC: 52+17+201=270
SOTC HC: 1
SOTC PDF: 3+67+1+10=81
SOTS PDF: 1+11+1=13
S7S: 20+4+133=157
S7S PDF: 16+1+3=20

Lifetime Numbers

Penny: 660+177+24 = 861
Diaspora: 123+12 = 135
DLYM: 1049+171+33 = 1253
DRYH: 3034+214+51 = 3299
DFRPG:OW: 4777+1896+267 = 6940 (ding!)
DFRPG:YS 5018+2531+310 = 7859 (ding!)
HBR: 9+249+21 = 279
SOTC: 5688+270+1+81 = 6040 (ding!)
SOTS: 629+13 = 642
S7S: 1267+157+20 = 1444

SOTC broke 6000, but also got lapped by both DFRPG books.  DFRPG sales numbers clocked in around 50%, very roughly, of the previous quarter. We had very strong direct sales in the hundreds, but in terms of quantity of books moved, the retail/distribution channel made the strongest showing (not a shock; that’s what it’s there for).

Remember, as always, you can pick these items up at the Evil Hat Webstore: http://www.evilhat.com/store/

What are your thoughts on the numbers?

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Jul 212010
 

Hold on to your hats, folks. This one was super interesting.

Where We Started

Lifetime:

Penny: 471
DLYM: 860
DRYH: 2746
SOTC: 5219
SOTS: 605
S7S: 987

IPR For Q2 2010

Penny PDF: 2
Penny Print: 29 (20 retail)
DLYM PDF: 4
DLYM Print: 38 (35 retail)
DRYH PDF: 9
DRYH Print: 57 (48 retail)
DFRPG:OW PDF: 7
DFRPG:OW Print: 81 (50 retail)
DFRPG:YS PDF: 7
DFRPG:YS Print: 100 (64 retail)
SOTC PDF: 4
SOTC Print: 58 (49 retail)
SOTS PDF: 1
S7S PDF: 2
S7S Print: 19 (12 retail)

OBS For Q2 2010

Penny PDF: 10
DLYM PDF: 24
DRYH PDF: 39
DFRPG:OW PDF: 339
DFRPG:YS PDF: 354
Happy Birthday Robot PDF: 8
SOTC PDF: 104
SOTS PDF: 15
S7S PDF: 14

e23 for Q2 2010

DRYH PDF: 1
SOTC PDF: 1

Lulu for Q2 2010

DRYH Print: 4
SOTC PDF: 2
SOTC HC: 9

Distribution Orders, Retailer Orders, and Convention Sales in Q2 2010

This is a healthy mix, mostly Alliance and Esdevium, but later on ACD, Lion Rampant, Pegasus Spiele, and others. (We recently added PHD and one or two others to our distribution contacts as well.)

Penny Print: 130
DLYM Print: 98
DRYH Print: 136
DFRPG:OW Print: 2626
DFRPG:YS Print: 2741
SOTC Print: 251
S7S Print: 232

Evil Hat Webstore Totals for Q2 2010

Penny PDF: 9
Penny Print: 9
DLYM PDF: 10
DLYM Print: 15
DRYH PDF: 15
DRYH Print: 27
DFRPG:OW PDF: 120
DFRPG:OW Print: 1604
DFRPG:YS PDF: 112
DFRPG:YS Print: 1704
Happy Birthday Robot Print: 1
SOTC PDF: 9
SOTC Print: 31
SOTS PDF: 8
S7S PDF: 4
S7S Print: 9

Totals for Q2 (HOLY CRAP)

Penny PDF: 2 + 10 + 9 = 21
Penny Print: 29 + 9 + 130 = 168
DLYM PDF: 4 + 24 + 10 =  38
DLYM Print: 38 + 15 + 98 = 151
DRYH PDF: 9 + 39 + 1 + 15 = 64
DRYH Print: 57 + 4 + 27 + 136 = 224
DFRPG:OW PDF: 7 + 339 + 120 = 466
DFRPG:OW Print: 81 + 1604 + 2626 = 4311
DFRPG:YS PDF: 7 + 354 + 112 = 473
DFRPG:YS Print: 100 + 1704 + 2741 = 4545
Happy Birthday Robot PDF: 8 + 1 = 9
SOTC PDF: 4 + 104 + 1 + 2 + 9 = 120
SOTC Print: 58 + 31 + 251 = 340
SOTC HC: 9
SOTS PDF: 1 + 15 + 8 = 24
S7S PDF: 2 +  14 + 4 = 20
S7S Print: 19 + 9 +232 = 260

Lifetime:

Penny: 471 + 21 + 168 = 660
DLYM: 860 + 38 + 151 = 1049 (ding! 1k milestone)
DRYH: 2746 + 64 + 224 = 3034 (ding! 3k milestone)
DFRPG:OW: 466 + 4311 = 4777
DFRPG:YS 473 + 4545 = 5018
Happy Birthday Robot PDF: 9 * Note that this does not include the ones sold in Daniel’s kickstarter preorder!
SOTC: 5219 + 120 + 340 + 9 = 5688
SOTS: 605 + 24 = 629
S7S: 987 + 20 + 260 = 1267

Analysis will have to come another time, as I’ve got an evening ahead of me. But feel free to start in with your own observations in the comments!

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Jul 022010
 

So we’re done with the second quarter of 2010. Somewhere past the middle of this month I’ll cough up some real numbers on our sales overall for you data-hounds to chew on. But first, a preamble.

Back at the beginning of the Dresden Files RPG preorder in April, I decided to track daily sales data — at least as expressed through our web-store. It’s been an interesting ride, one that’s now over as I don’t intend to keep tracking day to days from here on out. I’ll share the data and some pretty graphs down below after the cut.

What’s perhaps more exciting, though, is that once we add in the distributor and direct-to-retail orders we’ve processed, DFRPG sales on each volume are in the mid-4000’s — around 75% of what we printed in the first print run. That’s major news because of another statistic I’ve been tracking across the years — Spirit of the Century’s sales numbers. With PDF and print sales combined, SOTC was just a bit past 5,000 units sold (before this quarter’s numbers get added in).  It took SOTC since the latter part of 2006 to get to that figure, about 3 and a half years. Dresden Files, meanwhile, has gotten within striking distance of that figure in three months — and with an aggregate price-point between the two volumes that’s three times what SOTC’s cover price is. Huge, huge, huge.

Granted, I have a fat check to write Jim Butcher for his royalties, a $60,000 loan to repay, and probably a $40,000-or-so reprint run (for about 3000 copies of each volume) on the nearish horizon, but I’m at ease because (once the preorder shipments wrap up and I can demonstrate their shipment to PayPal) the money we’ve been drawing in through the Evil Hat webstore pretty much covers all that. The checks that’ll roll in from the distributors in about a month will get to go right into the profit coffer.  Rob’s and my taxes will be real interesting this year, I have a feeling.

Anyway, the pretties:

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May 022010
 

A Sunday post, because the data’s in.

We’ve had four full weeks of the Dresden Files RPG preorder over on the Evil Hat webstore.  In that time, we’ve broken 1,000 copies sold of each of the two books. For the record, that is officially nuts. We also have an order in from one of our distributors, arguably the largest, tallying up to about 1,100 of each title too, some bound for the book trade, some bound for comic stores, some for game stores. We’re in very good shape right now, and on the cusp of getting the files off to the printer and starting to think about getting the second wave preorder happening over on IPR, stand-alone versions of the PDFs up for sale, etc. Good stuff.

Here’s the breakdown of our webstore sales for the data-junkies. What’s particularly interesting is we’ve only seen about a 6-or-so percent gap between the two titles. Most days Your Story outsells Our World by a couple copies, but there’ve been two days out of the 28 where Our World sold a copy or two more.

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Apr 162010
 

Where We Started

Lifetime:

Penny: 398 (so close!)
DLYM: 752
DRYH: 2562
SOTC: 4937
SOTS: 585
S7S: 868

IPR For Q1 2010

Penny PDF: 6
Penny Print: 40 (29 to retail)
DLYM PDF: 4
DLYM Print: 59 (52 to retail)
DRYH PDF: 10
DRYH Print: 79 (69 to retail)
SOTC PDF: 7
SOTC Print: 111 (88 to retail)
SOTS PDF: 2
S7S PDF: 4
S7S Print:  59 (40 to retail)

OBS For Q1 2010

Penny PDF: 11
DLYM PDF: 32
DRYH PDF: 49
SOTC PDF: 69
SOTS PDF: 11
S7S PDF: 36

e23 for Q1 2010

DRYH PDF: 1
SOTC PDF: 4
SOTS PDF: 1

Lulu for Q1 2010

DRYH Print: 3
SOTC HC: 4

Distribution Orders in Q1 2010

These were Esdevium; Alliance has placed PO’s, but I’m considering those to be Q2 numbers since I’m invoicing them in April.

DRYH Print: 12
SOTC Print: 48
S7S Print: 6

Evil Hat Webstore Totals for Q1 2010

Penny PDF: 7
Penny Print: 7
DLYM PDF: 6
DLYM Print: 7
DRYH PDF: 15
DRYH Print: 15
SOTC PDF: 8
SOTC Print: 31
SOTS PDF: 6
S7S PDF: 2
S7S Print:12

Also, Paul hand-sold 2 copies of Penny at OrcCon.

Totals for Q1 (Drumroll Please)

Penny PDF: 6+11+7 = 24
Penny Print: 40+2+7 = 49
DLYM PDF: 4+32+6 = 42
DLYM Print: 59+7 = 66
DRYH PDF: 10+49+1+15 = 75
DRYH Print: 79+3+12+15 = 109
SOTC PDF: 7+69+8 = 84
SOTC Print: 111+4+48+31 = 194
SOTC HC: 4
SOTS PDF: 2+11+1+6 = 20
S7S PDF: 4+36+2 = 42
S7S Print: 59+6+12 = 77

Lifetime:

Penny: 398 + 24 + 49 = 471
DLYM: 752 + 42 + 66 = 860
DRYH: 2562 + 75 + 109 = 2746
SOTC: 4937 + 84 + 194 + 4 = 5219
SOTS: 585 + 20 = 605
S7S: 868 + 42 + 77 = 987

Analysis

Few surprises: Things which were expected to be anemic, were.

Don’t Rest Your Head Doesn’t: DRYH seems to have been getting the love this past quarter. It felt surgey while I was watching various numbers scroll by, but I think the add-ups support that.

IPR is now primarily retail: As I expected, as the Evil Hat webstore matures, the direct sales biz at IPR — while still present — has dwindled. This is also likely partly due to our back catalog accreting a few more motes of dust on it. But IPR’s still doing very solidly in terms of retailer sales for us, and that’s something.

I’m sure there’s more to say, but that’s what I have time for today. Hopefully the math isn’t completely goofed up.

Quarter 2 ahead is gonna be a real interesting one. So this is our snapshot of how things looked in the “before time”, with SOTC just cresting over 5000 copies (physical and digital) sold in its lifetime, and DRYH at better than half that, S7S close to 1000 and Penny close to 500. Interesting times.

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