Skip to comments.Self-published e-book author: 'Most of my months are six-figure months'
Posted on 08/05/2013 9:42:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
It's been called a "cure for rejection-letter fatigue."
Amazon on Thursday released new details about the success of its program for authors who want to self-publish on its Kindle e-reader devices. The company, which unveiled a suite of new e-readers and tablets at a press conference in Southern California on Thursday, says 27 of the top 100 Kindle books were created using a system called Kindle Direct Publishing.
That system allows authors to bypass traditional publishers and instead deal directly with Amazon, which claims to be able to publish their books digitally "in hours."
The authors receive 70% of the royalties from the sale of these books. And some of them are doing quite well.
"Most of my months are six-figure months," said Hugh Howey, a 37-year-old Florida author whose "Wool" series of digital books was highlighted by Amazon. "It's more than I ever hoped to make in a year."
The company says some authors, including Theresa Ragen, who appeared in a promotional video during the Amazon event, have sold hundreds of thousands of books.
During the event Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos displayed a quote from Kathryn Stockett, author of best-selling novel "The Help," in which she lamented being rejected dozens of times before a publisher accepted her.
"What if I had given up at 15? Or 40? Or even 60?" she was quoted as saying......
(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...
Definitely has my attention.
Self-publishing will destroy the book industry in the end. They used to weld all this power, and they’d print any garbage that a big-name writer from twenty years ago produced...even if it was 3rd-rate stuff.
The limiting factor currently is that the mass of the public hasn’t flipped over to the e-book capability. We are still a decade away from the bulk of American society operating with e-books.
Me. Starting to... but of late, no real motivation for my writing-projects. :(
Yep. I’m ready to upload my 1st ebook next month. Just finishing my 10th rewrite. Lots of work but rewarding to just complete the process. If I make some $ even better.
So what are you working on ?
Percentage of eReaders vs. Print
Survey finds increase in e-reading, drop in paper
I think what will happen : very quickly : now this is set-up, is it will encourage good writing.
Not leftist writing. Not even conservative writing, though conservatives are under-represented enough they will likely cause a bigger movement than liberals.
But this will encourage authors to write, to write often, and to write very well.
I am quite interested in this.
“Self-publishing will destroy the book industry in the end”
They will either adapt or go the way of the dinosaur. Or they could go the way of the recording industry and lobby Congress for special protection.
A Robert Jordan “Wheel of Time”/Conan/LOTR type but not those, exactly. Somewhat like TOR publishes.
Does Amazon let customers preview them?. I don’t know how to tell if they are any good
I don’t believe it.
That they’re making that kind of money?
Self-publishing has it’s place, but if someone wants to really do a great job it would be good to hire an editor.
Considering the cozy relation between Bezos and Obama, I predict that soon, in addition to Obama phones, we’ll have Obama Kindles. For the children don’t you know...
Love that series. Got much done yet?
Nah. Somewhere around book number nine in the series, or was it number seventeen, I started thinking: yeah, you can finish this series any time now mate. Just simply stopped reading the author.
Two chapters, but I’m not 100% happy with them.
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