25cents for them, too! Going by the stars and downloads for a number of authors on Amazon, looks to me like many are doing well. Thank you so much for your advice, i will get to it and let you know what happens. Just know I want to write something longer next time. less than their 250 page swimming-buddies. Updated hourly. I searched high and low. Your email address will not be published. “BoxedOut” campaign to warn customers of costs of shopping on Amazon this season, Jenny Holzer drops art app: lit refs abound, Nobel Nabobs Named; Swedes Suffer Rep Wreckage, Raymond Chandler once tried his hands at jokes…, A list of the most popular books set in each country is full of revelations, Benefits of bad books? Not bad for Harper Collins.
This July, Amazon is changing the way it pays authors for books in Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Until then, getting noticed is so above all that. All Rights Reserved. Unrealistic is what I’m shooting for and hopefully my success will shatter the expected possibilities among short story writers the world over. Authors are also required to sign over exclusive rights to each work to Amazon. But, as always, it’s all about sitting down on one’s ass and writing……right? Something like, ‘if you enjoyed this, check out my other work,’ with links. Thanks for your advice and guidance. Tabitha: You wrote that line. Got a great short story – go market the heck out of it through influencers and bloggers in your genre. I will sell in book form only in my country Indonesia, for the purpose of skill and work of making simple book and income of course. May be perpetuated by failed writers and biased publishers as I can tell YOU the figures for kindle shorts are in the 10s of 1000s in each genre…. I mean, I’m not expecting to hit the 100 list day one, I’d like to eventually, and its not just to make money, but $200 or so a month isn’t a horrible idea. Vic….right on.
Would this be a smart idea?
Even if you make coffee money, it’s still more than you’d make with them sitting unread on your computer. If you’ve decided to self-publish your novel, book or short story then the easiest way is to self publish on Kindle and Amazon’s website using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Find the top 100 most popular items in Amazon Kindle Store Best Sellers. I was a wantabe. Say up front 30 minutes and your reader is committed if your story MOVES.
Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. On the other hand, an author of a 250 page fantasy book who was getting 1.40 / KU borrow (instead of $2.70/sale if they were selling for 3.99 at 70% royalty) will now get $2.50 per KU borrow. Yes Don that was a tad hard… It is the storytellers who make money, let publishers obsess about grammar when you get a contract with one and they are paying a salary. Again, it comes down to marketing. (It’s approx 10,000 words). I also like *shock* the writing part and *horror* knowing people are reading it part. I have just put my first book, (50 short stories) on amazon kindle edition Having read your article, I am wondering whether stories averaging 1500 words are too short for the market. I just want to sell enough to make some decent money. That’s great! No information provided on amazon short story page, You just publish your story as you would any other book. Author C. E. Kilgore points out, correctly, that this estimate per page is bonkers. Quite encouraging. If you know different, prove me wrong. Don: Writers write stories. Of course, not every short story is listed under the ‘short story’ category. That’s not to say that you can’t making money with short stories – you can. Not forever.
After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. David Gaughran has both one novel, two short stories and a non-fiction book under his name on Amazon. Don’t be afraid – what have you got to lose? The author of a 200 page book that was borrowed and read completely 100 times would earn $2,000 ($10 million multiplied by 20,000 pages for this author divided by 100,000,000 total pages). The average KU author makes $1.40 per KU borrow, and is about to make less. Aside from exclusivity rights, which are the most obvious drawback to publishing through KU, it seems wild to pay authors based on the number of pages each reader completes. Your email address will not be published.
Not to mention the 1000s of markets for short fiction, take a look at the horror tree for just one site example listing markets. But, exactly how significantly less isn’t being honestly represented…. According to his plan, if an author was to write 50 short stories per year (averaging one short story per week), bundle them into 5 & 10 story collections, and continue doing that for five years – by the end of the five-year period, you’d have a nice passive income of approx $40,000 a year from then on. Again, fairly decent for an (approx) 12,000 word story.
They do, but certainly not to the extent that novels and longer works do. So, from this point forward, for simple maths sake, I’ll use my 1 penny per page (in lieu of KU’s unrealistic $10 per page) for the rest of this discussion.
Not surprising really. I know I won’t be. Now, being paid per page means that the 25 page novellas filling the pool are going to be earning.
Most of the best indie writers have submitted collections offering 8 to 15 tales per collection with others that offer many more than that.
Thanks for you comment…it made my evening to feel and hear you passion and enthusiasm for the written word. after the promo only 3 books were sold.
Recently well-known author Dean Wesley Smith wrote about a plan about making a living writing short fiction. My prices are 2.99 on line and 9.99 for 35 page book. If no-one knows who you are, and you are just biting your nails over where that past participle should go or of a comma is incorrectly placed, you will never make it. The title of my book is too valuable to release at this time. This isn’t how contracts usually work in the biz, either. All the best with your new novella series. I also do not like the idea of selling a terrific short story for peanuts.
Although shorts are still a harder sell than novels. Have a call to action at the back of that freeb, to purchase your collection or novel. Thays all. Thats what Im talking about…be extraordinary! Gary. Since we are friends here, I’m going to tell you the truth.
Smith is writing and selling a lot of short fiction. Who cares. I had a 5 day promo, and only recieved 206 downloads. I like to play with words….doesn’t everyone??? Three in fact. ‘But I still know the novella’s wont do as well as a novel. Best to all. At 0.99 cents and 35% royalty, Ballantine Books (Random House) is bringing in a nice (approx) $945 per month (based on around 90 sales a day).
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I have allowed varying people to read bits and pieces and am pleased to say that they have all been very positive.
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