Saturday, October 1, 2011

Update on my Kindle Venture -- three-figure club and print interest?

For those of you who have been following, I have launched my own mini "Kindle experiment" by putting up my out-of-print books and a short story collection (workshopped stories that were done as a part of my master's degree). I was interested to know if the Kindle venture would be beneficial, and I had nothing to lose.

I currently have three titles up on Kindle, and I hear that the more you put up, the more yo sell.

Over the last three months I have earned between $74 and $84 a month total.
This last month I entered the special "three-figure" club--- I have earned $102.

All of this is with every little advertising, though I do participate in some book giveaways and a few events like that.

I've also found that folks are now interested in buying my hard copies. Since they are out of print from the publishers, I will have to find a way to get them up myself, and am looking at Amazon's Create Space to do it.  I think that's interesting that folks have found an interest in the print copies, and I wonder if it has something to do with some random person selling one of the few new print copies of "Leaving the Comfort Cafe" for $43.

To recap, I started this whole thing by putting up my short story collection in the fall of 2009. From there, I eventually put up my other titles. All three titles were up sometime in late 2010. In short, I've not been at this very long.

I'll keep you updated as I progress.

My goal: to earn enough $$ to go to an international writing retreat in Ireland I've had my eye on for a while....


billie said...


November Hill Press:


The Meaning of Isolated Objects

Signs That Might Be Omens

Jane's Transformation (The Magical Pony School series)

dawn wilson said...

And yes, I did mean for that to be "yo" instead of "you" as in the more "yo" sell "y'all in da house"

No...just kidding, that's a typo I missed. Bleh. I'm blaming it on Nyquil.

Michael said...

I echo Billie. Woo hoo! Congratulations! And just on putting out books in hard copy, at least two members of my writing group here in Townsville have done it with I've been impressed with the product, so much so I'm following their lead with my The Compleat Poems. Lulu is an easy site to navigate and use, which is good for novices like me. Have you heard of it...

Dawn Wilson said...

Yeppers. In fact Lulu was the site that was utilized by my second publisher, The Wild Rose Press, and I felt that the job looked very professional and the pages were very "crisp" and clear. Interestingly, the national HQ for Lulu in the US is in Durham....just a hop, skip and a jump from where I am....and PLEASE let us know when that book comes out. I definitely want to get it on my Kindle or (preferably) autographed by you!