Thursday, January 6, 2011

A million dollars?

Let me say right away that making a million dollars from publishing eBooks isn't easy. But it's a lot easier than it was a few years ago. And it's the Kindle that is leading the explosion in eBook publishing. The Kindle is the eBook reader that is sold by Amazon and it has revolutionised the way that people read.

But the Kindle has changed forever the way that writers sell their work. I'm lucky, I've made my living from writing fiction for almost a quarter of a century. I have more than two dozen titles in print and have sold close to three million copies around the world. I have an agent and am with one of the world's biggest, and best, publishing houses. But many thousands of writers aren't so blessed and for years they were unable to get their work out to a wider audience.

The Kindle, and other eBook readers such as Sony's eReader and the Nook, have changed the playing field completely. Now anyone can publish their work. A writer doesn't need an agent or a publisher, they can simply put their own work on line and make money almost immediately. There is now no such thing as an unpublished writer. There are traditional writers with agents and editors and the support of a publishing house, and there are independent, or 'Indie', writers.

That's what I'm going to do here. I'm going to show you how to publish a book, how to get paid, and how to market it.

How do I know? Because I've done it myself. I planned a strategy to get three of my books into the UK Kindle bestseller list and I did. Within days of putting Once Bitten, The Basement and Dreamer's Cat on line I was selling more then 600 copies a day and all three were in the Top 20. Within four weeks I had the bestselling book on the Kindle in the UK. And on Christmas Day I sold close to 7,000 copies. Another 5,000 copies sold on Boxing Day. Three months after I put the books on line I am still selling more than 1,500 copies a day.

I'm going to explain step by step how I did it, and show you how other bestselling Indie authors are making fortunes using the same techniques. So watch this space!

5 comments:

  1. I look forward to your posts!

    Suzanne

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  2. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing, Stephen. I'll make sure to watch this space.

    Jayde

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  3. Well done, Stephen

    Keep going

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  4. Interesting - how long do we wait for the next installment?

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  5. Amazing! I am dumbfounded. Maybe my book, Mathematical Encounters for the Inquisitive Mind will one day be a bestseller too just as yours.

    Further still, maybe you will help make Mathematical Encounters a bestseller.

    I will visit often. Get them coming.

    Sincerely,

    Paul Emekwulu
    pemekwulu@yahoo.com

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