Reflecting on the Past. Improving on the Present
I was thinking back to the day I first started publishing Kindle books, having completely forgotten it’s been almost 3 years now. Back in May 2011, the Kindle marketplace was far different than what it is today. Amazon still seemed to have a weak infrastructure and algorhythm in place, which led many of us to wrongfully believe we could publish just about anything – regardless of quality.
I remember I started out by publishing some PLR reports which sold for $2.99 a pop. To my surprise, I was quickly making a few hundred dollars within two or three short months. Considering I hadn’t personally written any of these articles, the money almost felt like it was growing on trees.
Although PLR content is no longer tolerated in the Kindle marketplace, back in those days PLR was perfectly suitable from an author’s perspective. Remember, PLR stands for Private Label Rights. This means that you own the content at hand (along with anyone else who purchases that same content) and can practically do anything you wish with it. Thus, as the owner of such PLR articles, we essentially had the basic right to distribute it on Amazon and make our money this way. And as such, this means that (technically speaking) we were not “gaming” the system at the time.
Unfortunately, many of us never stopped to think about the customer’s perspective or end-user experience. Considering that many publishers had the private label rights to many of the same material, Kindle readers were often (and unknowingly) purchasing the same crap over and over again. This eventually led Amazon to step in and ban PLR content from being published. And for that, I am grateful now in 2014, as are many other publishers who inadvertently inundated the Kindle marketplace with repeated content.
These changes have led me to continuously strive to write better short stories and publish stronger material overall. Additionally, it’s also a lot of fun when your research pays off and you successfully find a profitable niche to write about. I will reveal this seemingly-obvious niche soon, but first let me disclose my January book earnings:
My Income Report:
Amazon Net Units Sold: 954
B&N Net Units Sold: 308
Total Income (Approximate) $500
My Newest Favorite Niche
Actually, there are two – not one – niches that guarantee you will make money (almost) every time. Sometime last year I started producing erotic short stories about lactation and milking, some which easily brought in $100 per book. In case you need some clarity, the topics are based on men who enjoy drinking breast milk while in the act; consider it a fetish niche, if you will. I hadn’t written a book about it in several months due to being busy with other projects. Last month I finally resumed that topic, and to my surprise, it still sells relatively well. One recent book quickly brought in an additional $30+ between Kindle and Nook combined. While this amount doesn’t seem like much, let’s remember that most of my writings never exceed 5,000 words.
I am slowly getting used to writing longer stories, but I still crave publishing shorter stories every now and then as well.
The second, most recent profitable Kindle niche is none other than BBW stories. These typically relate to thicker women whom men find irresistibly sexy due to their larger features. I had co-written a book last July with a friend, and the plan was to publish it by August. For reasons I can only blame on procrastination, however, we finally ended up publishing the book in mid January 2014. To our surprise, sales for the book started relatively well and, according to what I see, his February earnings (from that book alone) will exceed $40. Again, earning around $40 per short story is not a bad deal, especially if you let your readers know about the book’s length prior to them making a purchase.
The year 2014 has me quite excited indeed. I have finally resumed a more steady book writing schedule after deviating a little too much with other projects. Now I feel like everything is falling back into place, and I cannot wait to raising those book earnings once again.