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This Month's Feature Article
How to Make Money As a Self-Publisher in 2014
3 Insights From an Author of Over 50
by Yuwanda Black
I've been writing and selling ebooks online since 2002 - well over a decade now. And you know,
there's always something to learn. It's what keeps self-publishing fun - and frustrating (at
This year, following are three things I'm doing to increase my earnings as a
self-publisher. As an aside, since 2010, over half my annual earnings come from ebooks I write and self-publish via
sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble mainly.
1. Increase Output: In 2011, I uploaded 50 ebooks to Amazon. And you know what? It
was exhausting. The last couple of years (2012 and 2013) weren't nearly as productive. And my income reflects
that in that it's kinda leveled off. I can count on a certain number of sales, but earnings aren't
One thing I'm learning is that you have to constantly produce to make money, so
I'm back on the grind.
In his annual "Resolutions for Writers" post in 2013, self-publishing guru Konrath
spoke to the productivity thing for writers, saying:
I have 10,000 followers on Twitter, but I only use it
occasionally. Facebook? Haven't been on there in eight months. I witnessed the rise and fall of MySpace. I've opted
out of Google+ because I saw no benefits.
LinkedIn? I can't even remember my password. I haven't blogged
or Tweeted in months. I've been busy doing what writers should be doing: writing... And guess what? My sales have
2. Invest in Professional Ebook Covers: You simply can't sell a lot of ebooks in my opinion without this anymore. Why? Because self-publishing is maturing
(thank goodness!). This means that ebook buyers will by-pass anything that screams
At the end - and beginning and middle - of the day, self-publishing is a business.
And what do you have to do to succeed in business? Invest in it; ie, plunk down cold, hard
FYI, ebook covers don't have to cost a fortune. For my non-fiction titles, I
create my own covers. For the few fiction titles I've written, I've paid someone to do the covers because they're
outside the scope of what I can handle skill-wise.
3. Learn about Online Marketing: And in a word, this means learning SEO - at least
What is this? SEO is the acronym for search engine optimization. It's all about
how people search for, and find, stuff online.
As a self-publisher, you're an online business owner. And if you do business
online, you must learn at least the foundation of what this is all about to sell more
Also, Amazon, the largest seller by far of ebooks, factor some of this into their algorithm, eg, things like keywords to help users search
their huge database of books. Want your ebook to pop up in relevant search results? Better learn some SEO to
give yourself a decent shot.
The bottom line is, there's never been a better time to be a writer.
Self-publishing has brought about opportunities most authors have never dreamed about. But, if you don't treat it
like a business and produce, invest in and learn how to market, you'll remain the proverbial "starving artist." And
there's just no need for that - especially these days.
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Write A Novel In A
Review by Mervyn Love,
Can this really happen? Well, after putting it to the test, my personal answer is 'Yes' and 'No'. I purchased this eBook at the beginning of July 2010. The
author, Dan Strauss, who has written a number of books for writers, gives a plan on how to tackle, what to
many, would seem an unlikely task. He writes in an engaging and upbeat way and lays down exactly what you
should be doing from Day 1 to the completion of your book. His premise is that by the end of a month you can
have your book ready to send to a publisher.
This was exactly what I needed as, although I've written many short stories, I've never tackled a complete book
as it seemed like a daunting chore to me. I had a children's book in my mind which I wanted to get down on paper,
and by following his plan and his methods I set about writing it. The plan, and all his other tips and shortcuts,
were easy to follow, and I actually enjoyed the process which before had seemed onerous to say the least. And the
result? After starting at the beginning of July the book was done by the end of the month! But...
Was my book ready for a publisher at this point? Well, actually, no. Why? Because I had not stuck entirely to
the time schedule Dan Strauss sets out. Lost some Brownie points there, I know, but still, I kept going and did all
the revision, corrections and so on. This took me another two months so that by the end of September my book was
ready to send out. Being a children's book it was shorter than your average blockbuster too, weighing in at just
over 54,000 words.
So is writing a Novel In A Month pie in the sky? Well, if I'd stuck to the letter of Dan Strauss's law it
could have been done much more quickly. And when I get to work on my next book the experience of doing the first
one will be invaluable in completing it faster. Whether I personally could manage it in a month remains to be
seen, but come on, be honest, even a book done and dusted in three months by someone who has never written one
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Find out more yourself here: Novel In A Month
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