Posted in Amazon Kindle Sales, E-publishing | Posted on 10-01-2011|
Whether you’re just getting into e-publishing or you’ve been staring at your sales numbers for a long time (and wondering why they aren’t higher), you might be interested to know which indie ebook authors are doing very well and what genres they’re doing well in.
Up-and-coming cyberpunk author and number-cruncher extraordinaire, Derek J. Canyon, has compiled some information and created some handy charts you’ll want to check out.
He focuses on authors selling a minimum of 1,000 titles a month. Even if their ebooks are priced at 99 cents, he points out, that’s $350 a month or $4,200 a year (not bad for a hobby). Authors selling their 1,000+ ebooks at $2.99 (the minimum to qualify for the 70% royalty category at Amazon) are making at least $2,000+ a month or $24,000 a year. Now we’re talking, eh?
Some stand-out points Derek makes:
- The top 4 genres are romance, paranormal, thriller, and mystery. But, there is a wide variety of additional genres. It looks like the club is open to almost any genre.
- Most of the authors selling 1,000+ units…have more than one title available.
This sure makes me want to get more ebooks out there (too bad I don’t write in those popular genres)!
One thing I noticed from some of the comments is that novellas can do well in ebook form. This covers that broad range from about 15,000 to 40,000 words–essentially stories too long to sell to magazines and too short for book publishers. There are no rules when you’re an indie author publishing ebooks though. Novellas might be an option for those who want to get more titles out there but who just don’t have time to write multiple full-length novels a year. There’s no reason you couldn’t sell some of these at $0.99 at Amazon to add to your title count.
Go check out those charts. They’ll probably get you thinking the same way they’ve gotten me thinking!
Derek is a fellow speculative fiction writer, so please support him by checking out his ebook: Dead Dwarves Don’t Dance.
We SF/F people have a pretty small slice of that genre chart, so we need all the help we can get!