The Kindness of Strangers
Why it is so hard to self-publish and earn money on a book? I’ve heard so many numbers, I’m not sure what to think.
It’s not as easy to earn money if you aren’t willing to put in the time to make it worth a readers initial interest. Although this goes back a bit farther in time, (2012) the Guardian has made some interesting points about what works, and what doesn’t work for writers who intend to self-publish. I agree with most of these numbers, but the one they don’t list is the non-fiction. I would say that these would be much the same as the fiction book numbers.
|Franz Kafka said it best.|
I’ve had a lot of success, and a lot of challenges, but some other authors have had a lot more success. The numbers are there, and one of the most important is how this particular author has other books which were self-published. They decided to go with KDP select and sold a lot more book- but, it was through the lending library, which for many authors doesn’t help their sales if it’s a brand new book.
I found that using both Kindle
and Kobo– this has given me a better chance for book sales, which I would not otherwise have received. I’ve also spent a lot of time working with my local bookstores to get a placement of my books in the store. Should you be in Canada, or more specifically the Waterloo area, you can find my book at the local Chapters. This did take me nearly three years of hard work for this to happen, and I expect much the same for my next self-published book.
The numbers are really an average, and there are people who will sell more books as opposed to others who self-publish because they network, and have a platform and have a lot of luck getting it in their local bookstores. The averages are based on millions of self-published books, and many of these authors no longer promote a particular book or had no intention of selling their books beyond a small network of family and friends.
To have real book sales, an author has to rely on the kindness of strangers.
Hi Rebecca, i have been reading your blog with interest. I love hearing about how you have developed as a writer and how much writing has helped your life in so many ways. I am publicizing a writing for healing group that I lead in Palo Alto, CA and would like to be able to quote your comments about living a life of writing. Thanks for your words on kindness.
Best wishes, Phyllis Klein
Certified Poetry Therapist
Rebecca A Emrich
Phyllis– yes you can!
Expand and publish a book outside your comfort zone, you are awesome. Please keep on writing.