Most of you know my struggles to get some books on Kindle. It's been a very troubled year, but this summer, I finally managed to get the 4 Akitada novels on a Kindle Exclusive. Today, I got my first check for the first full month, and . . . Joe Konrath was right!
The books are selling very well and I get 70 % (minus the agent's 15 %). Sales are falling off a little after the first month, but they continue with very respectable numbers (say 2 sales for each title per day). By the end of a year, I'll have an idea how much each book earned without a publisher's involvement. The experience raises the question why I would want a publisher in the first place. Kindle sales will surpass advances for all sorts of rights. And, as Joe says, e-books are forever. I can sit back and wait for the checks to come in.
Of course, this sort of thing may be a tad easier when you already have some name recognition. And betting on that, I am also self-publishing a historical trilogy that the big 6 turned their nose up at. In this case, I decided to go for e-book only. One book is up already and doing very well. Two more will follow August 15 and Sept. 1.
I'm now toying with the idea of putting up some short stories.
And do you know what? I suddenly have this great burst of energy for writing again.
I agree with I.J. Give it time. Also, I would ask is it the only book/title you have out? If so, you might want to start getting more stuff out. Nothing sells your book like the next book.
Fatal Destiny - a Grace deHaviland novel
Great. Look forward to seeing them . I too am going through the learning curve with formatting for e books. I think I may have overestimated my ability this time. I may just hire someone to do it.
Congratulations, Ingrid! Your books deserve a wider audience.