Author JA Konrath Makes $100,000 In Three Weeks On Self-Pubbed Books
Author and self-publishing advocate JA Konrath just posted his sales numbers from Amazon for the past three weeks.
On self-published books alone, not including books that were traditionally published, audiobooks, or books sold on other platforms, he's made $100,000.
There's some very interesting data to be had from this post, which you can read in its entirety on his website, A Newbie's Guide to Publishing. Konrath talks about how in January of 2010, he made $2,300 in Kindle sales. In January 2011, he earned $34,000. This January he's averaging $3,500 a day (with would put him at $105,000 on the month if it stays consistent).
I guess this whole eBook thing is a growing industry.
Now, before you get all excited and think that self-publishing is some sort of gold mine, I think there's a couple of important caveats to talk about here:
Konrath is a professional. He takes editing and cover design seriously. He works very hard at promoting himself. He experiments with pricing. He has a ton of books for sale, and they aren't being bought in a vacuum; the kind of acclaim he has doesn't happen overnight.
Part of his acclaim is due to the fact that he was once a traditionally-published author. For guys like Konrath, I equate this to when Nine Inch Nails left their label and everyone was all like, "OMG WTF the music industry is dead!" Except Nine Inch Nails already has a following and they can do whatever the hell they want. Having a built-in base makes going independent a lot easier.
I'm not saying self-publishing is bad, and I'm not trying to take anything away from Konrath. I've read one of his book and I enjoyed it. I'm constantly impressed by his reach and honesty; who else would post sales numbers like that? So I raise my glass to him (or cup of coffee, given the time of day).
Ultimately, I think writers considering the self-publishing route need to understand that it's not easy, and you get out what you put in.
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