Self-Publishing: The Numbers Game

Now imagine how hard it is to make that much without a publisher. Making $2 an e-book on Amazon, you’d have to sell 15,000 a year to even dream about doing it full time, living uninsured in a garret somewhere and eating bread crusts. And since many indie writers are selling their books for 99 cents, and making 35 cents per sale, they would need to sell 100,000 copies a year. That’s a lot of readers, and if you could appeal to that many, it’s likely New York would have bought your book in the first place.

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  1. >>Making $2 an e-book on Amazon, you’d have to sell 15,000 a year to even dream about doing it full time<<

    I much prefer making $8-$10 each on my pBooks, and doing it part-time.

    Michael N. Marcus
    http://www.BookMakingBlog.blogspot.com
    — Independent Self-Publishers Alliance, http://www.independentselfpublishers.org
    — "Become a Real Self-Publisher: Don't be a Victim of a Vanity Press," http://www.amazon.com/dp/0981661742
    — "Get the Most out of a Self-Publishing Company," http://www.amazon.com/dp/0981661777
    — "Stories I'd Tell My Children (but maybe not until they're adults)," http://www.amazon.com/dp/0981661750
    http://www.SilverSandsBooks.com

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