As many readers have noticed, I typically post my monthly book income around the 15th of every month, and this date always makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. I anxiously wait for Amazon to post my monthly earnings just to see if I managed to increase my income over the previous month. If you recall my earnings for November and December 2012, they averaged around $230 and $330, respectively.
Thankfully, so far this year hasn’t disappointed me as these earnings have shot up at a healthy pace.
My Income Report:
Amazon Net Units Sold: 2,275
B&N Net Units Sold: 285
Total Income (Approximate) $1,110+
My Friend’s Income Report:
Amazon Net Units Sold: 823
B&N Net Units Sold: 103
Total Income (Approximate) $900+
New Milestone Reached!
I am grateful to see my earnings officially break well into the $1,000 mark for the very first time! Also, this income has gone up by roughly $400 in just one month, compared to my March 2013 report. Let’s hope this positive trend continues, as I acknowledge this sudden increase is not typical.
Now it’s time to raise the bar and shoot for $1,500, followed by $2,000. Could this happen toward the end of the year? It’s very possible. I hadn’t been too focused during the month of March and April, which really slowed down my book writing and publishing goals. And considering the steady rise in sales, I could certainly be looking into much higher figures within the next couple of months.
I only wish my NookPress (B&N) sales compared to the Kindle sales a bit more, considering the e-reader’s growing popularity.
Discontinuing My Friend’s Income Reports:
Meanwhile, my friend’s earnings have declined due to a lack of effort on her end. All existing books are still earning her a handsome income, despite a slight decline in recent months. She typically spends her time earning upfront payments on sites like Demand Media Studios, Text Broker and others due to needing money right this instant. I truly wish she would abandon these places entirely, but I also understand where she’s coming from. I, too, am “forced” to log into Demand Media Studios and write a quick article or two from time to time, depending on the month and my financial needs. My goal is to leave all upfront-payment websites behind me one day, and I can only hope she follows suit.
I usually post our earnings for motivation purposes, as many people feel inspired to reach X amount of income per month from home. However, due to the lack of time and activity on her account, I will discontinue publishing her monthly earnings starting in May 2013. They will likely stay at the average shown above for quite some time; I will report back if anything miraculous happens.
Any New Strategies?
I can’t say I have applied anything too new or revolutionary to increase my monthly book sales. Again, I write short erotica stories comprising of 4,000 to 6,000 words – sometimes less (although I really try to offer 4,000 words at a minimum.)
However, what I can say is that lately I’ve been looking into various fetishes and weird fantasy subjects, some of which are downright silly. For example, has anyone noticed erotica titles related to mummies, aliens and monsters having sex?
Told ya they were silly…
Moreover, I occasionally publish one or two books in Spanish, and they have fared somewhat decent as described in my Extreme Kindle Publishing guide. Grab yourself a free copy if you haven’t read it yet. It won’t make you filthy rich or revolutionize the way you publish, but it could certainly help you in some problem areas along the way…
Anyway, that’s about it for now. Questions or comments? Feel free to reach me any time, even while I sleep.