I have thoroughly enjoyed these past two months (regarding Kindle publishing, at least.) There’s something about the holidays that brings a lot of joy, and no, it’s not just internal or emotional happiness. People tend to go nuts shopping for anything and everything they set their eyes on. For us, that’s always music to our ears.
Two things to note: I finally published most of my books on Smashwords. It only took me a damn year. Way to go, procrastination…
Also, toward the end of December I published several short books on a certain subtle market, just to test the waters and conduct a bit of an experiment to see if the market sells. To my surprise, the market happened to sell fairly well. In fact, one of those experimental books reached over 350 copies at 99 cents in just a few short weeks.
Sadly, I made the decision to remove those books.
Remember, these were just part of a very quick experiment, nothing more. The content’s quality was so drastically poor, that fixing these books manually would have cost me a lot more time than they were worth. Yes, the content was my own and they were not related to PLR or anything shady. But again, I simply wasn’t satisfied with any of them, so I unpublished them all despite being moderately successful. At the very least, now I can start producing more of these books now that I saw the market’s potential. You can read more about that experiment here.
For now, here are January’s stats for my ebook earnings, as well as my friend’s, respectively:
My Income Report:
Amazon Net Units Sold: 770
B&N Net Units Sold: 119
Total Income (Approximate) $600
My Friend’s Income Report:
Amazon Net Units Sold: 2,201
B&N Net Units Sold: 106
Total: 2,307 (Excluding Smashwords Units)
Smashwords Quarterly Earnings (Approximate): $275
Total Income (Approximate): $1,400
Milestone reached: This marked the very first time that either one of us surpassed the $1,000 mark with Kindle publishing. Even without the Smashwords payment (which only arrives quarterly) my friend’s income would have still been approximately $1,125 thanks to the book we wrote together. Now let’s aim a little bit higher, shall we? These figures are also way higher than last month’s stats, so that’s another reason to celebrate.
As you can also see, Amazon is kicking B&N’s ass. My friend and I co-wrote an erotic book that’s been a bestseller since (around) December 2012. It’s too bad it hasn’t had the same success on B&N, though. Needless to say, we’re both very proud of it and hope to replicate the same success over and over.
As I’ve said in the past, sometimes publishing platforms (and the ebook market in general) can be unpredictable. My dad, for example, makes far more money on B&N than he does on kindle — unlike us.
Keep rocking the keyboard, and I assure you success is bound to happen. As usual, let me know if anyone needs any help.
Best of luck,