Thursday, February 17, 2011

Kindle Success, Part III

Okay, so now I have a total of six sales with royalties adding up to about $7 if I do my math correctly. Each ebook - Killing Ways: Stories and The Devil's Snare: A Comedy - has sold three copies. Sounds like I've made some coin off of stories that hadn't earned me any money (though a few were published previously around the web on now defunct sites). But being an old fogey, I asked Amazon to send me a check instead of routing money straight to my bank so they won't send a thing until I've reached a hundred bucks and at this rate it'll be July when that happens. And they take an $8 processing fee so right now, I owe them a dollar...

Not to mention that two friends brought copies so real sales are less than they appear, but...

In the world of short story publication, any sale is a good thing.

And I've got plenty of other stories to put out there. And when they're all out there working for me instead of taking up desktop space, I might make $7 A DAY... nothing to sneeze at since that turns into $2555 a year. Given the fact that most of the two dozen short stories I've published over the years earned $0, $2500+ would definitely be welcome.

Plus, I'm working on bringing THE CONCRETE MAZE to Kindle.

We'll see.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's all fine, but e-books are killing the book trade, print publishing, bookstores and, long-term, they are not real. So enjoy your buck or six while the industry withers and dies.

February 17, 2011 10:30 AM  
Blogger Steven said...

Ah Richard... Spoken like someone who thinks writers write for fun. Shakespeare wrote to pay the bills. If he were alive today, he'd be all over Kindle. And selling MacBeth bobbleheads.

February 17, 2011 12:50 PM  
Blogger Ingpark said...

And the book trade is killing writers, so who cares? The point is that a writer has a better chance with e-books at the moment than with a print publisher. This may change, and I hope it will, but meanwhile, as Steven says, we must save ourselves first.

February 17, 2011 1:44 PM  
Blogger Graham Powell said...

Publishers and bookstores are just intermediaries between writers and readers. Many, many other industries have been affected by "disintermediation" - why not this one?

February 19, 2011 11:02 AM  

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