So with the release of IMMORTAL DECISION, it’s on to my next book. I actually outlined this time, something I don’t normally do. To be quite frank, I’m not certain that I’ll even follow it. I’m sort of a pantster that way. I have a few pages done so far, and ready to plug away.
User Agreements with the publishers prevent me from giving details about sales on each site. So far, my Barnes & Noble Nook sales have far surpassed my Amazon Kindle sales, but other authors are experiencing fluctuations. I’ve only sold a few paperbacks, though people seem to complain when it isn’t available in print… if this doesn’t change, I may stop messing with it (print.) But so far, here is what I can tell you.
I’ve sold about 40 books total, given away 7 for promotional reasons and grossed about $70. The upgrade for CreateSpace (print) was about $39, and I’ve spent about $20 ordering proofs. So as you can see, as a new author, there’s not a lot of money to be made. You really have to get books written and published as well as a lot of promotion. I post this after reading Joe Konrath’s blog where he’s made $100k in three weeks on Amazon.
It is entirely possible to earn money self-publishing, however, if you read Joe’s blog, you’ll note that he has put a lot of years and a lot of work into this career. It’s not for the tender-hearted. And you can’t publish shit.
Most of my critique partners have all disappeared. Every time I write a book (and I’ve published 3 now and written 5,) I have to find new critique partners, brainstorm and create cover art and back cover/description. First you have to come up with the idea, write it, edit it, send it out for critiques, edit again, send out for Beta Readers etc. This all takes a lot of time.
But let me tell you, earning $100,000 in less than a month is a dream worth chasing. I enjoy writing immensely and others seem to enjoy reading what I write. I have very good ratings on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. But I’m not foolish or naive and the authors that are making the bank will tell you, this doesn’t happen over night. I have a home to maintain, a family and I’ll be starting a part-time job soon.
Eventually, my income from my books will rise and I am in this thing for the long-haul. The writing community is vast and wildly supportive of one another. I am proud to be part of it.