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parttimeselling

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KDP Select Question AND Am making good money with my first book?
Posted: Jun 10, 2012 6:40 AM
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While I am an expert in my field upon which I wrote my "How To" book about, I have zero skills as a writer. I released the book on Amazon in December 2011 and between Kindle and Createspace I am making about $ 300-400 a month.

The book is also undergoing a deep revision and professional proof reading. Once done, I will take the next steps to promote it.

The question is as an unknown author and person in my field, is making $ 300-400 a month off my book average for a new indie author? I have no metric to compare this figure to.

Also, I did the KDP select thing for a while and liked it. Is there any other platform out there that is even as close to Amazon to also sell on? Yes, I am looking into BN.

Thanks!
Jason
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Re: KDP Select Question AND Am making good money with my first book?
Posted: Jun 10, 2012 7:11 AM   in response to: parttimeselling in response to: parttimeselling
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One book and three to four hundred a month, I'd say you were doing good. However, the edit should have been first, but if you are not getting bad reviews the book must be OK!

Look into Smashwords, but you can't do any of them if you are still in the KDP select thing. I'm slowly puting mine at smashwords, they put it out to all platforms. And I don't have to mess with them.
digilady

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Re: KDP Select Question AND Am making good money with my first book?
Posted: Jun 10, 2012 8:22 AM   in response to: 76year2 in response to: 76year2
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only thing about smashwords, if I understand correctly: you upload a word file and IT translates into many different styles. What if one looks like hell?
parttimeselling

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Posted: Jun 10, 2012 10:35 AM   in response to: digilady in response to: digilady
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I tried smashwords first and got no results. Granted I didnt keep it there long. Upload to Amazon and instant sales.

The book is ok as far as editing goes. It just needed the pro touch.

I appreciate that you say I am doing "ok" and I think that is great, but what are you comparing this to?

Thanks!
diamondlifestyle

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Re: KDP Select Question AND Am making good money with my first book?
Posted: Jun 10, 2012 11:37 AM   in response to: digilady in response to: digilady
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SW accepts word (.doc) files which it then converts via the "meatgrinder" into every conceivable format. They've got this down to a fine art so while your files might not come out of there all shiny and glowing they are more than acceptable. In order to do this and not make a mess their standards are fairly strict, and you'll know if you've failed either through the autovetter (which gives an automatic update) or through a real person checking the file (which is why it takes so long to go premium). If you follow the style guide freely available from SW you'll be fine.

SW itself says that they're not the best platform for selling books. The money from SW comes from the distribution network - there's real money to be made through B&N and iTunes in particular. If you're in the US I'd recommend going with B&N directly, however.
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Posted: Jun 10, 2012 11:55 AM   in response to: parttimeselling in response to: parttimeselling
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I'm sure some make more and some make less. Those figures aren't available to us.

Are you happy? If so, that's good!
parttimeselling

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Posted: Jun 10, 2012 12:13 PM   in response to: 1001nightspress in response to: 1001nightspress
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Oh I am thrilled especially since I have not really done any promotions to let the word know about the book. Once it is fine tunes I am ready to push so I am expectong greater things.
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Posted: Jun 10, 2012 12:34 PM   in response to: parttimeselling in response to: parttimeselling
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Then be thrilled. :) Really, comparison is pointless. People write very different kinds of books for all kinds of different reasons. If yours is doing how you want it to, then you've achieved success.
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Posted: Jun 10, 2012 12:35 PM   in response to: parttimeselling in response to: parttimeselling
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Then be thrilled. :) Really, comparison is pointless. People write very different kinds of books for all kinds of different reasons. If yours is doing how you want it to, then you've achieved success.
parttimeselling

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Posted: Jun 11, 2012 4:41 PM   in response to: 1001nightspress in response to: 1001nightspress
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Very true. Appreciate the feedback so far
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Re: KDP Select Question AND Am making good money with my first book?
Posted: Jun 11, 2012 6:45 PM   in response to: parttimeselling in response to: parttimeselling
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300-400 a month on one title is excellent.

1. If you're US resident, go direct to BN. I did the smashwords route and did very poorly on BN -- when I went direct and could be very specific for my categories, more refined description, etc., I increased my sales about 30x.

2. If you're using your real name, go direct to Apple. If you're not using your real name and want to go direct to Apple, form an LLC and get a tax number for it and use the LLC's name (you'll still be partly discoverable by a more determined person). You'll need an ISBN, but you can buy one from smashwords for $10 (but you have to use smashwords for something to do that, so use them for distributing to Sony, which you can't get through direct yet).

3. Kobo is allowing direct end of June or July, go direct on that.

It's more work to go direct, but you get to tailor each submission to that platform's strengths, which you can't really do on Smashwords. Also, you get your money faster. Time value of money increases the actual value of your royalties.
parttimeselling

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Re: KDP Select Question AND Am making good money with my first book?
Posted: Jun 13, 2012 12:59 PM   in response to: annvremont in response to: annvremont
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BN & iTunes are already in process.
Was KOBO & Sony that much active and worth it?
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