“Commercial” fiction is genre fiction. It’s short stories, novellas and novels in genres like: science fiction, romance, mysteries, thrillers… Could you write it?
I started my writing career writing romance fiction in the late 1970s. After my first editor left my publishing house, I hassled with several literary agents. Finally I decided that enough was enough. I couldn’t stand all the middle-men in publishing. I breathed a sigh of relief, and for the next couple of decades wrote advertising copy, magazine articles, and business books.
Then everything changed, when Amazon launched the Kindle in 2007.
Thank heavens for Amazon. Publishers no longer control fiction. Today, if you want to write fiction, only readers matter. You’re in charge of your writing career.
Get started writing commercial fiction — you may hit it big
Is there “big money” in commercial fiction? I don’t care — I’m giddy at the thought that finally, writers call the shots. You can sell directly to readers. Yes, some writers are making great money.
We’ve covered this on the blog.
* Jack and Jasinda Wilder saved their home; and
* 60 indie authors shared 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. “
I’m often asked: “How much can I earn with fiction?” The only possible answer — no one knows.
The ebook market isn’t shrinking. It’s expanding. Amazon’s selling in India; that’s a huge market. Yes, I know, hundreds of thousands of ebooks are being published, but so what? I love reading Regency romances, and cowboy books, and I swoop on new releases like the devil after a lost soul… to me, there aren’t ENOUGH good books. Other readers feel the same way.
So for heaven’s sake, if someone talks about “too many ebooks” stamp on their toes for me. These people aren’t readers. Most aren’t writers either.
Write. Too few GOOD books exist. I never want to run out of great reading material… so write. 🙂
As we’ve said, you can write both fiction, and nonfiction, as many of my students do. The more you publish, the more you sell:
If you publish five ebooks on Amazon, you will sell. If you publish 50, you will sell more. That’s logical. In some genres of fiction, short story writers report that it takes a catalogue (your “publishing catalogue” is the number of books you have under one name on Amazon) of 30 stories to make enough money to pay some of your bills each month.
Enjoy our new program… happy writing. 🙂
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