The Reality of The Bleeding Worlds Being a Best Seller

The other day, Harbinger, Book One of my The Bleeding Worlds series, hit #1 on the Amazon Action & Adventure Manga list. Nearly six years after its publication, I can call it an “Amazon Best Seller.”

The Bleeding Worlds at the top spot on the Amazon adventure action manga list

Before I dive further into this, I need to say a massive thanks to my cover artist, Starbottle. Because of her amazing art, I’ve been able to finally market The Bleeding Worlds to its intended audience.

When I started Harbinger, I knew how much anime was influencing the story, but at the time, light novels weren’t a big thing. So my initial thought was to market the book to a Young Adult audience. Hence the original covers of the series were set up to mimic YA titles. Admittedly, I did those covers on the cheap, using free stock imagery, photos my wife took, and the collective Photoshop knowledge of both myself and my wife. I thought the covers were good, but I always wanted them to be what they are today. But would there be an audience?

Flash forward these years later and light novels are now a staple of several publishing companies. Even manga and anime fans are becoming increasingly aware of light novels and the influence they have on those other media. So it felt like the right time to bite the bullet, hire an artist, and make the covers of The Bleeding Worlds what I had always wanted.

But Harbinger didn’t just magically end up on the Best Seller list because it had amazing new art (though I think the art is good enough that it could!). It took some effort.

And money.

First off, I dropped the price of Harbinger to $0.99. In terms of income per unit sold, I make about $0.30 per copy.

Secondly, I started running Amazon Marketing Service (AMS) ads. The initial budget for the ad was $3.00 a day. Over the month-and-a-half it’s been running, the daily budget has increased to $8.00. I’ve also spent numerous hours tweaking keywords, bids, and more.

Third, I rewrote the book description for Harbinger. Numerous times. And like an idiot, I made each iteration live. Then decided I wasn’t happy a few days later, and rewrote it again. Based on the success of hitting the top of the list, I think I’m finally good with the current description. Funny thing is, it’s probably not the most “writerly” description I created, but it is the closest in terms of fitting the typical pattern seen in other light novel and manga titles.

Finally, I dropped the price of volumes 3-4 from $3.99 to $2.99.

Over the month-and-a-half the ad has run, I have seen an increase in sales on all volumes of The Bleeding Worlds. And between the ad spending and price decreases, I think I made about $13.00 for that whole time.

Yup. Best Seller. $13.00. To be honest, if I hadn’t sold any copies of the other books, I would’ve been in the hole.

The truth of being a Best Seller is that you don’t need to sell that many copies depending on the category you’re in. Nor will you make a ton of money.

It makes the experience a little bittersweet.

I’m thrilled. Don’t get me wrong. I’m so happy Harbinger is doing well. And even happier that people seem to be moving on to check out the later volumes as well. Particularly because I think the later volumes are better than Harbinger 😉

What makes it bittersweet is that I’m typing this on a break, while doing overtime at a job I don’t like, because my standard pay isn’t enough to pay the bills. And as I just showed above, clearly The Bleeding Worlds isn’t going to make me a rich man anytime soon. Despite being a “Best Seller.”

I suppose I’ve made the tone of this kind of somber. Sorry. I really was happy to see that orange “#1 Best Seller” tag on Harbinger. And I have every intention to keep pursuing it for Harbinger and any other projects I have in the future (and yes, there is a new project underway).

So let’s end this on a sweeter note, the massive outpouring of support and kindness I received on Twitter when I tweeted out Harbinger’s #1 status. Despite all the crap in this world, it is filled with wonderful people who took some time out of their day to say something nice to a guy most only know digitally.

I said it on Twitter, but I’ll say it here as well, thank you all. It means so much to me.

So there it is, the emotional ups and downs of being a Best Seller. Despite there being a touch of bitterness, I’d consider myself lucky to have it happen again.

86 eighty-six volume 1 light novel review

86 Eighty Six Volume 1 Light Novel Review

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Review of the light novel 86 Eighty Six volume 1 by Asato Asato.
This is of the official release from Yen On.

📔LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: 86 Eighty Six
AKA: 86―エイティシックス―
AUTHOR: Asato Asato
ILLUSTRATOR: Shirabii
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
TRANSLATOR: Roman Lempert
RELEASE DATE (English): March 26, 2019
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/2XE3AXv
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2Ezha3a

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): February 10, 2017
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 6 (Ongoing)
ANIME SERIES: No

new and notable light novel releases for July 2019

New Light Novels Releasing in July 2019

Here are all the light novels releasing during the month of July 2019.
A whopping total of 40+ Volumes!

A = Amazon BD = Book Depository

JULY 01
Side-By-Side Dreamers (Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2X5oZZd
iBooks – https://apple.co/2FIG54a

JULY 02
Infinite Stratos v.8 (Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2KvH0cv
iBooks – https://apple.co/2IZLwhd

JULY 06
Kokoro Connect v.6 (Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2XWjwQN
iBooks – https://apple.co/2Xkz2cT

JULY 07
Full Metal Panic! v.2 (Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2WWHfE9
iBooks – https://apple.co/2IZmu1W

JULY 08
Welcome to Japan Ms. Elf! v.2 (Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2XitoaD
iBooks – https://apple.co/2IZLKVB

JULY 09
Arifureta From Commonplace to World’s Strongest v.6 (Print)
A – https://amzn.to/2x9sZbH
BD – http://bit.ly/2Ytuwpe

Ascendance of a Bookworm v.2 (Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2X0AIbs
iBooks – https://apple.co/2XFcmU3

Sword Art Online Progressive v.6 (Print & Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2Ncu7Gl
BD – http://bit.ly/2LncaCu

The Irregular at Magic High School v.12 (Print & Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2X1iUgc
BD – http://bit.ly/2XCyOgv

JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World (Print)
A – https://amzn.to/2X25iBH
BD – http://bit.ly/2RKzon8

Last and First Idol (Print)
A – https://amzn.to/2Kug50O
BD – http://bit.ly/3053iFL

JULY 11
Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life? v.7 (Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2YblWuO
iBooks – https://apple.co/2XncCbe

JULY 13
Record of Wortenia War v.1 (Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2X07U2R
iBooks – https://apple.co/2X9HCXa

JULY 16
My Next Life as a Villainess All Routes Lead to Doom v.4 (Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2X46yEb
iBooks – https://apple.co/2KNPFHq

JULY 18
Classroom of the Elite v.3 (Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2Yd6NJI
iBooks – https://apple.co/2JdO6zg

JULY 20
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom v.9 (Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2XsHBlj
iBooks – https://apple.co/2YnG3WZ

The Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar v.8 (Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2XzEiso
iBooks – https://apple.co/2xnWUNj

JULY 21
Amagi Brilliant Park v.6 (Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2X10aZi
iBooks – https://apple.co/2NkBr2B

JULY 22
If It’s For My Daughter I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord v.8 (Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2X4HCfX
iBooks – https://apple.co/2xvYY6h

JULY 23
86 v.2 (Print & Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2RuYfLC
BD – http://bit.ly/2KPFD8M

A Sister’s All You Need vs.1-4 (Digital)
V.1 A – https://amzn.to/2NjbmBf
V.1 iBooks – https://apple.co/2XamMa9

V.2 A – https://amzn.to/2LqahET
V.2 iBooks – https://apple.co/2XjwmfJ

V.3 A – https://amzn.to/2NdyDV0
V.3 iBooks – https://apple.co/2xnb950

V4. A – https://amzn.to/2NrDsKm
V4. iBooks – https://apple.co/2XD8ROa

Defeating the Demon Lord’s a Cinch if You Have a Ringer v.4 (Print & Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2Ni7HUg
BD – http://bit.ly/2XGBA4u

Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks v.3 (Print & Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2XfHNFh
BD – http://bit.ly/2X8NuQo

Goblin Slayer: Year One v.2 (Print)
A – https://amzn.to/2XbhDUb
BD – http://bit.ly/2JdUEOs

WorldEnd v.4 (Print & Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2Luv4qS
BD – http://bit.ly/2JghrJg

I Shall Survive Using Potions v.3 (Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2xdbo2u
iBooks – https://apple.co/2XFjYpB

Lazy Dungeon Master v.6 (Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2x97gR1
iBooks – https://apple.co/325BCm3

Torodora v.6 (Print)
A – https://amzn.to/2LB6Lb5
BD – http://bit.ly/2KVIey3

JULY 28
Seriously Seeking Sister! Ultimate Vampire Princess Just Wants Little Sister; Plenty of Service Will Be Provided v.1 (Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2Xtr8gx
iBooks – https://apple.co/2RMO19n

JULY 30
Mushoku Tensei v.2 (Print)
A – https://amzn.to/2XyZJKq
BD – http://bit.ly/31YvSu6

Voices of a Distant Star (Print & Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2ZSWaw4
BD – http://bit.ly/2LpFcBv

The Saga of Tanya the Evil v.6 (Print & Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2Ybo5qm
BD – http://bit.ly/31YwwYy

Final Fantas XIII-2 Fragments Before (Print)
A – https://amzn.to/2XsLoz3
BD – http://bit.ly/2FFExYQ

Little Witch Academia The Nonsensical Witch and the Country of Fairies (Print & Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2NdAHMI
BD – http://bit.ly/2YlFGMF

The Dirt Way to Destroy the Godess’s Hero v.1 (Print & Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2XtsAiZ
BD – http://bit.ly/2XjxmAv

Bottom Tier Character Tomozaki v.1 (Digital & Print)
A – https://amzn.to/2FBdHRG
BD – http://bit.ly/2RL8WcU

Last Round Arthurs: Scum Arthur and Heretic Merlin v.1 (Print & Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2FCssU9
BD – http://bit.ly/2XD9ZBo

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online v.4 (Print & Digital)
A – https://amzn.to/2Xa4ASN
BD – http://bit.ly/2KPH0nW

i shall survive using potions volume 1 light novel review

I Shall Survive Using Potions Volume 1 Light Novel Review

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Review of the light novel I Shall Survive Using Potions Volume 1 by FUNA
Review is of the official English release from J-Novel Club

📔LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: I Shall Survive Using Potions
AKA: ポーション頼みで生き延びます!, Potion Tanomi de Ikinobimasu!, Potion-danomi de Ikinobimasu!
AUTHOR: FUNA
ILLUSTRATOR: Sukima
PUBLISHER (English): J-Novel Club
TRANSLATOR: Garrison Denim
RELEASE DATE (English): February 10, 2019
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/2KApEKM

PUBLISHER (Japan): K Lanove Books (Kodansha)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): June 1, 2017
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 4 (Ongoing)
ANIME SERIES: No

top 10 light novels in japan for the week of April 15-21 2019

Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of April 15-21 2019

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Here are the Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of April 15-21, 2019.
Sales are as reported on the Oricon website. There are 3 different lists that are compiled into this Top 10.

10. 6,215 Copies Sold 86 –Eighty Six
86 -エイティシックス- Ep.6 明けねばこそ夜は永く
86 —Eighty Six—
http://www.lightnovels.site/2019/05/29/86-eighty-six/
Published in English by Yen On

9. 6,353 Copies Sold Jaku Chara Tomozaki-kun Lv.7
弱キャラ友崎くん Lv.7 イラスト集付き特装版
Bottom Tier Tomozaki Lv.7 Special Edition
Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki
http://www.lightnovels.site/2019/06/08/bottom-tier-character-tomozaki/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 1 releases July 23, 2019

8. 7,605 Copies Sold Nanchatte Cinderella Ōkoku sōran-hen o togibanashi no tsudzuki, hajimemashita
なんちゃってシンデレラ 王国騒乱編 お伽話のつづき、はじめました。 3
Fake Cinderella Continuing the Kingdom Mayhem Fables

7. 7,846 Copies Sold Jaku Chara Tomozaki-kun Lv.7
弱キャラ友崎くん Lv.7
Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki
http://www.lightnovels.site/2019/06/08/bottom-tier-character-tomozaki/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 1 releases July 23, 2019

6. 8,068 Copies Sold Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan Volume 16
落第騎士の英雄譚 16
Chivalry of a Failed Knight
http://www.lightnovels.site/2019/06/08/chivalry-of-a-failed-knight/
No English License for the light novels

5. 10,408 Copies Sold
Fate/strange Fake 5
http://www.lightnovels.site/2019/06/08/fate-strange-fake/
No English License
Ryohgo Narita Same author as Durarara & Baccano

4. 15,143 Copies Sold Imouto sae Ireba ii volume 12
妹さえいればいい。 12
A Sister’s All You Need
http://www.lightnovels.site/2019/06/08/a-sisters-all-you-need/
Licensed for English release by Yen On

3. 16,402 Copies Sold Meitantei Konan: Konjō no Fisuto
名探偵コナン 紺青の拳
Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire
Adaptation of the 23rd Detective Conan film

2. 22,889 Copies Sold Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Volume 28
魔法科高校の劣等生 28 追跡編 上
The Irregular at Magic High School
http://www.lightnovels.site/2019/05/29/the-irregular-at-magic-high-school/
Published in English by Yen On

1. 31,720 Copies Sold Amarimonogatari
余物語
Licensed for English release by Vertical

top 10 light novels in japan for the week of April 8-14 2019

Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of April 8-14, 2019

Here are the Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of April 8-14, 2019.
Sales are as reported on the Oricon website. There are 3 different lists that are compiled into this Top 10.

  1. 6,134 Copies Sold Bungo Stray Dogs BEAST
    文豪ストレイドッグス BEAST
  2. 6,308 Copies Sold Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan Volume 16
    落第騎士の英雄譚 16
    Chivalry of a Failed Knight
    No English License for the light novels
  3. 6,954 Copies Sold Isekai Nonbiri Nouka Volume 5
    異世界のんびり農家 05
    Farming Life in Another World
    https://www.novelupdates.com/series/isekai-nonbiri-nouka/
    No English License for the light novels
  4. 9,100 Copies Sold Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken Volume 14
    転生したらスライムだった件 14
    That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
    http://www.lightnovels.site/2019/05/30/that-time-i-got-reincarnated-as-a-slime/
    Licensed for English release by Yen On
  5. 10,615 Copies Sold Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? Volume 19
    ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った? Lv.19
    And you thought there is never a girl online?
    No English License for the light novels
  6. 11,262 Copies Sold Itai no wa Iya nanode Bōgyo-Ryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu Volume 6
    痛いのは嫌なので防御力に極振りしたいと思います。 6
    I hate being in pain, so I think I’ll make a full defense build.
    https://www.novelupdates.com/series/itai-no-wa-iya-nanode-bogyo-ryoku-ni-kyokufuri-shitai-to-omoimasu/
    No English license for the light novels. An anime adaptation is in production
  7. 15,744 Copies Sold Meitantei Konan: Konjō no Fisuto
    名探偵コナン 紺青の拳
    Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire
    Adaptation of the 23rd Detective Conan film
  8. 17,171 Copies Sold 86 -Eighty Six-
    86 -エイティシックス- Ep.6 明けねばこそ夜は永く
    86 —Eighty Six—
    http://www.lightnovels.site/2019/05/29/86-eighty-six/
    Published in English by Yen On
  9. 25,733 Copies Sold
    Fate/strange Fake 5
    No English License
    Ryohgo Narita Same author as Durarara & Baccano
  10. 66,359 Copies Sold Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Volume 28
    魔法科高校の劣等生 28 追跡編 上
    The Irregular at Magic High School
    http://www.lightnovels.site/2019/05/29/the-irregular-at-magic-high-school/
    Published in English by Yen On
top 10 light novels in japan for the week of april 1-7 2019

Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of April 1-7, 2019


Here are the Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of April 1-7, 2019.
Sales are as reported on the Oricon website. There are 3 different lists that are compiled into this Top 10.

10) 5,900 Copies Sold Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai
ぼくたちは勉強ができない 非日常の例題集
We Never Learn
No license for the light novel.
The Manga is licensed for English release by Viz.
An anime is currently airing.

9) 6,242 Copies Sold Shōsetsu eiga doraemon Nobita no getsumen tansa-ki
aka 小説 映画ドラえもん のび太の月面探査記
aka Doraemon the Movie 2019: Nobita’s Chronicle of the Moon Exploration

8) 6,247 Copies Sold Shinrei Tantei Yakumo Volume 11
心霊探偵八雲 11 魂の代償
Psychic Detective Yakumo

Shinrei Tantei Yakumo


No English License for the light novel series

7) 6,283 Copies Sold Sentouin, Hakenshimasu! Volume 3
戦闘員、派遣します! 3
Combatants Will Be Dispatched!

Combatants Will Be Dispatched!


Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 1 will release August 20, 2019

6) 7,263 Copies Sold Isekai Cheat Magician Volume 9
異世界チート魔術師 9
Fantasy World Cheat Magician

Isekai Cheat Magician


No English License for the light novel series.
An anime is in production

5) 11,322 Copies Sold Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Volume 19
Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活 19
Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World

Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World


Licensed for English release by Yen On

4) 12,966 Copies Sold Isekai Nonbiri Nouka Volume 5
異世界のんびり農家 05
Farming Life in Another World

Farming Life in Another World


No English License for the light novels

3) 13,527 Copies Sold Isekai Shokudou Volume 5
異世界食堂 5
Restaurant to Another World

Restaurant to Another World


Licensed for English release by Seven Seas

2) 16,957 Copies Sold Bungo Stray Dogs BEAST
文豪ストレイドッグス BEAST

1) 23,625 Copies Sold Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken Volume 14
転生したらスライムだった件 14
That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime


Licensed for English release by Yen On