Writers are eager to know how much money Kindle authors are making — they want to know if “you can really making money writing ebooks.”
The short answer is yes, you can, and more than you’d think.
Romance author Brenda Hiatt did a survey of indie authors on her blog and 60 authors responded.
In this post, Indie Earnings | Brenda Hiatt, she reports:
“The sixty authors responding had an average of nearly ten titles available by the end of 2012. 2012 indie-only earnings per author averaged $137,940 (yes, you read that right) with the median earnings figure at $51,211 per author. Responses ranged from the low three figures to the low seven figures (yes, you read that right, too). The average 2012 earnings per TITLE came to $13,957. “
So, if you’re writing Kindle ebooks — keep writing.
On another note, do you consider the file sizes of your Kindle ebooks?
Kindle ebooks file sizes — be careful
I have to admit, I never think about file sizes in Kindle ebooks at all. However, it’s important, not only because readers are annoyed at the time large files take to download, but also because the charges affect your earning.
Read this article if you expect to include graphics and charts in your ebooks. Both of these would increase the file size. Richard at BookLocker.com says:
Amazon charges a download fee based on the size of the final ebook file. This download fee is deducted before any commissions are paid to the publisher or author. That fee ranges from 15 to 30 cents per meg, depending where in the world the customer is located.