This week our theme is writing and selling ebooks. I’ve had many questions about this over the past few months.
Most of the questions concerned money. How much can you make writing ebooks? Brenda Hiatt did a survey with 60 writers, “60 Indie Author Share Their Earnings”:
“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. “
Of course, some writers make much more. Some make millions of dollars.
And of course, many, if not most, writers make just a few dollars a month.
Is Kindle publishing for you?
Writing and selling ebooks has developed into a profitable career for many writers. The big question however is… Is it for you?
That’s hard to say.
You need to be:
Someone who likes to write
Able to write without stopping and considering that it may not work – you may not make any money at all
Comfortable alone — able and willing to spend time writing without looking for distractions
If you meet the above criteria, you can develop a career where you get paid for writing over and over again.
If you’ve decided that writing and selling ebooks is for you, you need to make some decisions.
Writing ebooks: questions
There are two questions you need to answer.
Will you write fiction or nonfiction?
Will you write short or longer works?
Only you know what makes the most sense for you.
Do you want to write fiction (novels and short stories)? Fiction out-sells nonfiction on the Kindle bookstore 6 to 1.
The easiest way of looking at it: fiction writers write for entertainment. Nonfiction writers write to inform.
Which is most comfortable for you?
You can write both, of course.
Once you’ve decided that, you need to make another decision. Will you write shorter, or longer works?
I prefer to write longer works. This is just what I’m comfortable doing. I started my writing career way back in the 1980s writing romance novels for a large British publisher of those days, Macdonald Futura.
However, that may not work for you. You may prefer to write shorter ebooks.
This can be an excellent idea. Short stories sell well on the Kindle, and they don’t take long to write.
A writer, MarlaB, shared on Writer’s Cafe that she has published 75 short stories. She also shared her income:
3533 books sold
0 stories published in March (was working on a novel)
3338 books sold
4 stories published in April
What you decide – fiction or nonfiction/ short or long – is a personal preference.
All you need to develop a brilliant writing career is a burning desire to WRITE and the ability to sit in a chair until you’ve completed your writing stint for the day.
We’ll have a lot more to say on writing and selling ebooks this week.
Bonanza: TWO offerings this week
Why TWO offerings? It’s a long story and concerns a group of writers I’m coaching, so I won’t share it. Julia suggested that since we were offering the two programs to writing students anyway, we should offer them to our loyal readers because you deserve it, and that’s so true. Thanks for reading — I truly appreciate YOU. Enjoy.
Important: please be aware that every writing guide and class we offer is DIFFERENT – there’s no rehashed material. We need to make this plain because we always receive questions about programs which are on similar topics. Read the program descriptions, and if you’re not sure which is right for you, ask – we love to hear from you.
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