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Self-published e-book author: 'Most of my months are six-figure months'
CNN Tech ^ | September 7, 2012 | John D. Sutter

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 ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: amazon; books; internet; publishing; selfpublishing
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I'm starting to think about it. Anyone else?
1 posted on 08/05/2013 9:42:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Definitely has my attention.


2 posted on 08/05/2013 9:46:43 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


3 posted on 08/05/2013 9:47:58 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Me. Starting to... but of late, no real motivation for my writing-projects. :(


4 posted on 08/05/2013 9:48:07 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Nachum
I was thinking of something along the lines of the late Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.
5 posted on 08/05/2013 9:48:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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 ?


6 posted on 08/05/2013 9:50:58 PM PDT by jcon40
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To: pepsionice

Percentage of eReaders vs. Print
http://christinerose.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/percentage-of-ereaders-vs-print/

Survey finds increase in e-reading, drop in paper
http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2012/12/28/survey-finds-increase-in-e-reading-drop-in-paper/#ixzz2bA4Xruy1


7 posted on 08/05/2013 9:52:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: latina4dubya

ping


8 posted on 08/05/2013 9:52:13 PM PDT by scripter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


9 posted on 08/05/2013 9:52:32 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: pepsionice

“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.


10 posted on 08/05/2013 9:53:37 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: jcon40

A Robert Jordan “Wheel of Time”/Conan/LOTR type but not those, exactly. Somewhat like TOR publishes.


11 posted on 08/05/2013 9:53:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I was about to say, this seems like a great vehicle for fantasy novelists.
12 posted on 08/05/2013 9:56:14 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: jcon40

Does Amazon let customers preview them?. I don’t know how to tell if they are any good


13 posted on 08/05/2013 9:56:31 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t believe it.


14 posted on 08/05/2013 9:56:42 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

That they’re making that kind of money?


15 posted on 08/05/2013 9:57:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Self-publishing has it’s place, but if someone wants to really do a great job it would be good to hire an editor.


16 posted on 08/05/2013 9:57:19 PM PDT by Slyfox (Without the Right to Life, all other rights are meaningless.)
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To: pepsionice; All

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...


17 posted on 08/05/2013 9:57:28 PM PDT by pluvmantelo (A Greenie is one distraught that somewhere, someone is living above subsistence level.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Love that series. Got much done yet?


18 posted on 08/05/2013 9:57:57 PM PDT by jcon40
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


19 posted on 08/05/2013 9:58:25 PM PDT by Utilizer (Ba'Kon Ah'hkkba'aar!)
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To: jcon40

Two chapters, but I’m not 100% happy with them.


20 posted on 08/05/2013 9:58:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
My own book comes out on the 22nd of this month. It's been 2+ years in the making, with a lot of midnight oil burned. In my case my book ("When There is No FEMA") is an attempt to provide the reader with enough knowledge to survive a prolonged, large scale disaster.

Somehow, though, I suspect it won't bring in a vast fortune. Hopefully I'm wrong! :)

21 posted on 08/05/2013 9:59:35 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have a handful of books (photo books) on sale on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. They bring in a few hundred (total) each month, but then I don’t do any promotion or anything at all.


22 posted on 08/05/2013 9:59:56 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: OneWingedShark

Went through an “easily” cured cancer earlier this year (found out right before Christmas...that was fun and at age 29). I am thinking there has to be some niche I could write about with this experience to help others, but I just haven’t figured it out. Getting an idea drilled down to one or two main ideas that the chapters can expand upon is hard. Never written a book before, only articles for newspapers when I was a journalist.


23 posted on 08/05/2013 10:00:03 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yep, even as I read just today a character say in a novel I’m reading that vanity presses are “pathetic”, and vanity literary agencies (as such apparently exist) are “really sad”. Whatever. The niches that sell e-books are however well defined, and they’re not exactly what is called ‘top shelf’, but if you fit into one of them, then sure, go right for it!


24 posted on 08/05/2013 10:00:14 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m already the author of a self-help best-seller published by Random House. But I’ve had no luck interesting agents or publishing houses in my new, award-winning first novel.

So I’ve set up my own self-publishing house (”Books of Destiny”). I used Amazon’s CreateSpace and Kindle Direct to self-publish the novel. Also used CreateSpace and Lightning Source/Irwin to publish another non-fiction work.

What I’ve learned in the process is that there’s no such thing as easy money in the publishing biz. So I’m returning to my core discipline as a marketer, and am about to begin to self-promote the sales of my books.

Please note that this post is NOT part of my marketing program. It’s just a cautionary note to those who may wish to enter the publishing arena on their own.


25 posted on 08/05/2013 10:00:27 PM PDT by earglasses (I was blind, and now I hear...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Got a bunch of stuff. For me worth looking into


26 posted on 08/05/2013 10:00:51 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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I have a Kindle account and have downloaded books. I like to read them sometimes.

I find myself picking up my ‘real’ books more often. They are easier and more enjoyable to read for me. If I really want a book, I’ll buy the tangible version.

Each has its place.


27 posted on 08/05/2013 10:00:56 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Utilizer
Yeah, I don't know how much of that was “Honey, we need to head to Paris for some shopping, hurry up and write another book.” or some such. Why did he ALWAYS describe EVERY female (and most male) characters clothing from head to toe, including any and all weapons and accessories?
28 posted on 08/05/2013 10:02:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If I ever finish one of my stories and it is long enough, I would consider it.

Maybe I can do an ebook called “First Draft Unfinished Stories”...


29 posted on 08/05/2013 10:03:01 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder if this has anything to do with Jeff Bezos buying the Washington Post. They have some big printing presses.


30 posted on 08/05/2013 10:03:09 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
My latest book is nearly finished (writing, of course).

I have been looking into this method of publication quite seriously.

.

31 posted on 08/05/2013 10:03:45 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

I use a kindle / Amazon and preview other books but not sure how all of it works. Fortunately my wife’s a tetchy and doing most of the preliminary work for me.
She finds lots of good reading in the 99 cent section.
We started the used bookstore in our town years ago so have played in the business for a while. Others in our family are writers doing quite well

Finding a good read is always tough as far as I’m concerned.


32 posted on 08/05/2013 10:03:46 PM PDT by jcon40
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

We like going to Barnes and Noble on a Friday evening to read magazines and books. I hope they will never close, but I am expecting them to shift all online within 10 years. Sad.


33 posted on 08/05/2013 10:03:47 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Love to see what you’re working on. I think its a good sign when you don’t like your work. Makes you realize how much time you’ll need to put in.


34 posted on 08/05/2013 10:06:09 PM PDT by jcon40
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To: Cementjungle

That’s cool you are able to get that without promotion. A few hundred a month is still pretty nice. A car payment.


35 posted on 08/05/2013 10:06:27 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is he counting the figures after the decimal point?


36 posted on 08/05/2013 10:07:26 PM PDT by Yardstick
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Would rather flip through paper pages, preferably with a stick and scotch when possible.


37 posted on 08/05/2013 10:07:33 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve read the Wool Omnibus series via kindle. Great scifi story of Big Brother meets apocalypse.


38 posted on 08/05/2013 10:08:04 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: The Duke

That’s a good title. Run with it as we in Hollywood are too stupid to chase good books.


39 posted on 08/05/2013 10:10:35 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Seaplaner; Travis McGee; Jeff Head; tbw2

bump


40 posted on 08/05/2013 10:10:54 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: jcon40

I have the Amazon app on my phone. It’s pretty handy if you end up having to wait somewhere. I can see a regular Kindle would be better to do a lot of reading on. Digital books are pretty neat. No more massive bookcases.


41 posted on 08/05/2013 10:14:10 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: pepsionice

wield power, not weld. Welding is for metal.


42 posted on 08/05/2013 10:15:04 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: rwfromkansas

The first couple years they were up they were doing around $600/month. I think the number of people self-publishing (since it’s free, so far) is growing rapidly, so it’s not quite the free-for-all it was a few years ago.


43 posted on 08/05/2013 10:15:43 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: earglasses

“Books of Destiny”

So I poked my nose into your book on Amazon

Wow - nicely done
Great forward
Your writing is beautiful and easy to read

Good luck - I think time (and the Lord) will reward you


44 posted on 08/05/2013 10:19:13 PM PDT by jcon40
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you have a story to tell, it’s worth thinking about. I started writing in 1997 and there was no money in it at all, but I enjoyed doing it. Once the kindle came out and amazon started accepting self-published books, things took off in a big way.

I now make a living on the ebooks I write. I am not one of the amazon superstars, but I’ve got 29 fantasy books up there and another one on the way.

I think you should give it a shot.


45 posted on 08/05/2013 10:20:06 PM PDT by Marak (I don't deal with reality.)
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To: Marak

bump

I have good ideas but its hard for me to actually write them


46 posted on 08/05/2013 10:21:33 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m a big fan of a science fiction writer named John Scalzi who dreams up imaginative ways to get his works read. Roughly ten years ago, he published his first book electronically as a free pdf. It’s still on the net, called Agent To The Stars. After some traditional releases, he e-published his latest effort as a weekly serial, one chapter at a time at 99 cents a shot. He then released the entire book at a respectable retail price.

Self e-publishing gives you a lot of oportunities for creative marketing.


47 posted on 08/05/2013 10:22:02 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: rwfromkansas
Hm, Lee Strobel is a journalist-turned-author.
48 posted on 08/05/2013 10:22:57 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

No, I think it will encourage semi-literate, Hallmarkesque mush, and wannabe hipster bilge. Just yesterday I got a note from the son of a friend - out of the blue - asking me to evaluate “a novel in progress” and two short stories that he had been working on for a year and a half. The “novel” was two pages, the stories one page each. How clueless/delusional can someone be?
We are hurtling into a Dark Age.


49 posted on 08/05/2013 10:23:02 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

“....... Digital books are pretty neat. No more massive bookcases.”

Agreed, like that I can increase the size of the font and leave my reading glasses on the night stand.....but, I will always love a book I can hold in my hands, then pass on to a friend when done. (If it’s any good!)


50 posted on 08/05/2013 10:24:29 PM PDT by jcon40
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