While not all I had hoped for, May was my best month yet. I had a few sales on Redbubble - and a few issues too. Most of my sales were on KDP though.
I only had about $23 in sales on Redbubble. The issues I had were not worth the results.
As I wrote in my last post, shipping was slow for all the print on demand companies and Redbubble was no exception. I don't blame Redbubble for the delays, I know their suppliers had shutdowns due to Covid-19. These shipping delays resulted in me getting complaints from people who bought my designs.
I realize that these people might not understand that I only do the designs. I do not produce or ship the products. When they come after me and demand to know why their shipment is delayed and threaten to have my social media sites shutdown because I can't help them, it is frustrating.
I am very sorry they have had delays. This is not unique to POD. I too have products delayed and canceled by companies. Even big sellers like Amazon and Walmart are experiencing delays. I wish I could make everything OK but it really is beyond my control.
Kindle Direct Publishing
My Books on KDP were a bright spot my my POD business. While deliveries are taking longer than before Covid, they are being made and promised KDP's dates are pretty accurate. Overall, I did OK here although sales are not as good as I would like them to be.
I hope this is a sigh that sales will be picking up in the months ahead.
Goals for June
I have some different ideas to try in June. I think it will work better for me.
First, I plan to try an approach that I see a few other successful KDP sellers using. I will try to find low volume niches that have very little competition.
The problem with this approach is that each book will only get a few sales each month. The idea is to sell a few copies of a lot of books. To be successful I will have to expand my inventory by a lot.
The good part of this approach is that I can use no content books and very simple low content ones. I don't have to spend much time on interiors. Since my POD business is a retirement activity for me, little time investment is how I want it.
I can also try extending this type of niche sales to other POD products on Redbubble, TeePublic and Merch by Amazon.