While the big-wig publishing companies debate if there’s significant money to be made from ebooks and e-readers, entrepreneurial authors turned e-publishers are already making it. Some are even making a living, solely from the earnings of their ebooks.
This last year brought changes from companies like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, allowing indie authors to really take off.
While it’s always been free for self-publishers to upload their ebooks to these stores, now they can receive a hefty 70% of the book’s price tag for each sale. Compare this to traditionally published authors who must suffer middlemen taking cuts (royalties tend to be 10-25% with more falling at the lower end of the spectrum).
The sizable royalty these retailers are offering allow independent authors, who cut out all the middlemen, to price their works much lower than mainstream publishers. A new ebook from a traditional press may run $ 7.99 to $ 9.99 or more, while an indie can price his or her book at $ 2.99 and make over $ 2 per sale (which ends up being as much–or more–than the author going through a publisher).
While some readers may turn up their noses at indie authors, since many of these works haven’t been professionally edited or backed by a “gatekeeper,” others are ready and willing to give them a try. In our struggling economy, it doesn’t hurt that these reads are often 1/3rd the price (or less) of traditionally published books. e-publishers.
So, which authors are making it, you wonder? Here are a few indies that are earning good money (over 1,000 book sales a month) by e-publishing their own work. (Source: JA Konrath’s blog on self-publishing.)
JA Konrath — author of numerous thrillers, including the Jack Daniels series
Suzanne Tyrpak — writer of dark suspense
William Meikle — penned a successful invasion-story science fiction novel
D.B. Henson — indie whose thriller became a kindle blockbuster at Amazon
Maria Rachel Hooley — writes edgy young adult fiction
Karen Cantwell — contemporary mystery author
Tess Oliver — young adult author who sprinkles in werewolves
David Derrico — writes science fiction adventures and technothrillers
H.P. Mallory — paranormal romance author
Ellen O’Connell — author of historical romances
C.S. Marks — Tolkien-inspired fantasy writer
If any of those genres interest you, below you will see some of Amazon’s selections. e-publishers.
One of the cool things this list shows is that authors are succeeding across a wide range of genres. The biggest thing these folks have in common are good books, solid editing, professional-looking covers, and a willingness to learn the ropes of marketing one’s own work.
Miss McCulla is a retired English teacher of 32 years. She has Mastery of the grammar and mechanics of English, and has taught expository, fiction writing, and rhetorical skills to hundreds of students and aspiring writers throughout her career. She has written/edited/self-published five books, and currently manages and edits a writing blog called The Underground Tutor where she gathers essays, articles, entries, papers, manuals, profiles, criticisms, analyses of literature, just like those asked of students and writers in the university and publisher houses everywhere. This link will bring you to Descriptive Essays, which will have a link to other organizational structures, like Process Essays or Biographical Essays, and so on, and a link to show you how to create your own blog.
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