Saturday, February 5, 2011

Momentous News, and More Help for Authors

Back in July, it was big news when Kindle book sales overtook hardcover book sales on Amazon. At that point, they predicted Kindle books would go on to outsell Amazon’s paperbacks sometime in the second quarter of this year. Well, the future is now.

Announced on January 28th, “since the beginning of the year, for every 100 paperback books Amazon has sold, the Company has sold 115 Kindle books.” Read the full article.   

Moving on to another author who’s been willing to share her steps to e-book success...

Have you noticed the last two weeks, Amanda Hocking has dominated the Amazon part of my my bestseller list by having a book in 7 of the top 10 spots? Wow! My first question is, “How did she do that?” My second question is, “How can I do that?”

Amanda has freely shared her journey on her blog. In January, she posted "Gratitude and Fact" where she announced that she sold a half million books at that point.

There are two amazing parts to her story, told in her post, "Epic Tale of How it All Happened." First, she didn’t have a traditional publisher. Her books were rejected and revised and rejected again, over and over. Second, she just started online in March, 2010!  Yes, just 11 months ago. She self-published My Blood Approves through Lulu.com and put it up for sale on Amazon as a print book. In April, she published it as a Kindle book, and a week later she did the same with a second book, Fate.

Her post is long but very interesting, telling the full story. I recommend reading it all. If you want to skip the details and get to what she believes are her primary reasons why she did so well, scroll to the bottom of the post.

Thanks, Amanda, for sharing your experience!