Self-Publishing: The Most Important Thing You Need to Know about Writing Ebooks That Sell

Editor Note: I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve become a regular Guest Author for e-Junkie. I’ve been a satisified customer for years now, so when this writing opportunity came my way, it was a natural fit — one I couldn’t turn down.

My posts for them will cover everything from self-publishing, to internet marketing, to freelance writing. For now, I’ll be appearing on their blog about once a month, but feel free to check out the site all the time. They have some wonderfully talented guest authors who dispense a lot of incredibly helfpul information on a wide range of topics — especially about growing an online business.

Now, to today’s post.

Writing Ebooks . . . Ebooks That Sell!

In my first post for e-Junkie, I tackle one of my favorite subjects — how to write ebooks that sell.

Self-publishing is growing by leaps and bounds. Proof?

The HeraldOnline.com article, Self-Publishing Sees Triple-Digit Growth in Just Five Years, Says Bowker®, states:

The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled, growing 287 percent since 2006, and now tallies more than 235,000 print and “e” titles . . . The research explores the dramatic U.S. growth of an area once relegated to the fringes of publishing. It finds that while production increases are occurring in both print and e-book formats, the latter is driving the greatest percentage gains. (emphasis added)

My Self-Publishing Income: 3 Payments per Month from Amazon Alone

I’ve been writing and selling ebooks online since 2004. I recently started to receive three payouts per month from Amazon for my ebooks, which are published worldwide. This is up from one payment per month when I first started selling on the site in December 2011. As an aside, some other sites I make money selling ebooks on are Barnes & Noble, Clickbank and Lulu.

But back to Amazon, the site I receive the most income from (besides my own site) . . . why do I receive three monthly payouts from them?

As sales come from all over the world, Amazon pays out by country. I’m not sure of the actual breakdown, but I know that one payout is for U.S. sales and another for European sales. Amazon recently added India as a country, so perhaps that third payment is from that part of the world.

To be honest, I haven’t had time to look at all the data and parse it. All I know is that at the end of the month — sometime around the 20th — I start to receive notices like the one below from Amazon alerting me that I have a deposit for $X coming and to “please allow up to 5 business days for the funds to appear in my bank account.”

Amazon "You Have Money Coming" Notice


Self-Publishing Ebooks for a Living = Income Stability

Since 2010, over half my annual income has come from ebooks I write, self-publish and sell online. While it’s nowhere near a get-rich-quick scheme (it’s a lot of work — and don’t let anyone tell you differently!), it’s something I enjoy primiarly because it puts my income totally in my control.

The more ebooks I write, the more money I make. And the beautiful thing about it is, it’s a career I never have to retire from. So if writing and selling ebooks online interests you, then click on over and read my post about what it takes to write ebooks that sell — then get out that laptop and start your own self-publishing journey!

And, if you have questions about self-publishing, feel free to send them in to me. I usually answer in a post here (so everyone can benefit from the knowledge).

Good luck.

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    1. @Hal: See answer to your question in this post on self-publishing.

      And, thanks for writing in!

    2. @Mascarillas: As long as it’s a quote and not a direct copy copy of the entire article/pst, that’s always fine.

      Thanks for asking!

    3. Mascarillas naturales says:

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    4. Hal Hickton says:

      I wrote a paperback then made a copy in epub. Both on Lulu. Short novel, 30,000 word or so. After reading how many books you write per year, I just wondered as to the length or word count of these books? I published two smaller ebooks on Kindle few days ago. 3,000 worder and 4,000 words respectively. So my question is what would you consider the minimum word count for an ebook? Thanks. Hal Hickton.
      PS. The paperback/epub on Lulu is “The Black Russian”. Kindle is “Racing pigeon Basics” and “3 humorous short stories” If the 3 titles are considered advertising please feel free to delete them.