The year 2013 was an unpredictable one, comprising of various ‘ups and downs’ when it came to making a living online. Despite recent illogical moves on Amazon’s behalf, though, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate a happy and overall successful year.
First off, I am slowly expanding beyond basic money-making ventures and now offer my own services. To be more specific, they involve helping people find profitable writing clients, providing book publishing guides and much more.
Secondly, there are also other projects on the side that I am slowly and indefinitely working on, including one in particular that falls under the “Content Mill” category. At this time I am still adding new features to it and hope to unveil it at full force when the time is right. For now, however, most of my time is being spent on improving the aforementioned writing services.
Lastly, the biggest reason to declare 2013 a successful year is simply because, well, it was yet another year that allowed me to work from home. Every single day, week, month and year that I get to enjoy my self-employed life is the equivalent of success. And I commend everyone else who has managed to thrive and survive while simultaneously managing distractions and all other shortcomings that come with self-employment.
That said, here are my December 2013 book earnings, along with the total book earnings for the year.
My Income Report:
Amazon Net Units Sold: 932
B&N Net Units Sold: 301
Total Income (Approximate) $485
2013 Total Book Earnings (Approximate) $8,740
Keep looking for new topics and niches. Sometime in 2013 I found an odd niche primarily involving lactating sex. This basically comprised of men and women who enjoyed sexual acts while the lady was lactating. As odd as it sounds, each book published was selling an average of 200 copies per month at 99 cents. That is, until Amazon decided to get illogical about the things they tolerate.
Any topic is potentially a book. I recently published a book containing over 500 questions and conversation starters. While writing each question definitely took time and effort, the overall construction of the book was easy and did not require much brain power. This book makes an average of $15 per month, reminding me that, again, just about any topic can be turned into a book – considering there is an audience for just about everything out there.
Publish large bundles, especially around November and December. Bundles generally sell better than individual stories because they tend to offer more for less. Moreover, the holiday season means that many people are buying books to test out their newly gifted Kindles and Nook devices, which is always great news for authors.
My friend (whose book earnings I used to publish on this blog) has an erotic compilation of 30+ stories under her Amazon account, containing a mixture of my books and hers. Turns out that this little collection is selling around 1,700 copies per month at 99 cents, bringing her over $500. The following screenshot shows sales for January 2014, so far. Congratulations to her!
Let’s look forward to yet another year, and hopefully a much better and profitable one. As always, shoot me a message if you have any questions or need help with just about anything and everything. Yes, even yodeling.