Listen. I know you are probably thinking that I am some really smart marketer, who instinctively knew the right answers out of the gate.
That is the furthest thing from the truth.
I actually struggled for over 3 years before I even saw my first half-decent royalty check from Amazon Kindle. It was pitiful, but at least it was something. A glimmer of hope in a long journey.
I kept reading about people killing it with Kindle. Quite frankly, all of those success stories did nothing more than amplify my feeling that somehow I was missing the boat.
I kept thinking, what's wrong with me?
I bought product after product, and even shelled out $1997 for 'expert' coaching. At the time that was a huge amount, and caused arguments with my wife when she found out I was throwing even more money at this "kindle thing".
One month I would make a few hundred, and the next almost nothing. Even so, I refused to accept that this opportunity did not have my name written all over it.
I'm stubborn like that!
I kept plugging away trying to figure out how to make the self-publishing industry work for me, confident that God would give me the inspiration I needed to find success.
I have actually been in the self-publishing game since before Kindle was a twinkle in Amazon’s eye. My first indie books were photocopied and folded, then stapled down the middle, and sold for $3 at public speaking events. Of necessity they were short reads (less than 50 print pages) because the books wouldn’t fold and stay closed if they were any thicker! I still love short reads.
My non-fiction and children’s book publishing on Kindle and Print-On-Demand were doing ok, but far from the promise of financial freedom I longed for and dreamed about. I was still spinning plates to make ends meet.
Then, 10 months ago, and this was a real turning point for me profit wise, I stepped nervously into short-read fiction publishing. Several months before, I did make a previous stumbling attempt into fiction, with sorry results, but at the time I did not have the knowledge that I do now.
I think what I have learned may help you step forward more confidently, or encourage you on the journey you are already taking.
Now listen. I don't want you to get the wrong idea here.
I am not throwing around numbers to get you super-excited about your potential and what you can do as a self-published author.
I’m not a big fan of people posting their earnings everywhere to leverage people into the false idea that making money is an easy result of following a few simple steps.
In fact, I didn't even plan on creating this report.
I mentioned to a group of people I know how well I was doing, and they wanted to know more. They were really excited to learn what I could teach them.
If it wasn't for that conversation, this report would not even exist.
Honestly, I have found that there are lots of factors that lead to success so don't be duped by fancy figures. This is hard work, and getting here has taken a lot of time and tears.
Just so you know I am not one of these guys who teaches but doesn’t do, here is my Book Report from May 29 2015 – Apr 9 2016, taken earlier this morning.
In the words of the awesome P J Coleman, “not too shabby”.
It may be more or less – the figure is based on an average KDP Select KENP pageread amount of 0.0045 per page.
In that time I have had over 54900 books sold, and 8477846+ page reads. (you can actually see here that in the few seconds between the previous screenshot and this one my income went up a few dollars). Don't you just love that!
The majority of these are from the short read fiction books I have published to several categories and genres over the past 10 months.
Bearing in mind that I outsource my actual writing, the $66236 that has been paid to me through Amazon’s incredible Kindle Select program is not all profit. It would be nice if it were.
Having said that, the ROI is some of the best you will find on God’s green planet.
Just one example, and this is not my most lucrative series, is one of my first short read trilogies.
This particular example comprised three books, each one just under 10K words.
I published the first individual book of this series in August 2015, followed swiftly by the other two books. I let the three books run their course, squeezing every last page read I could from them.
I then boxed them up in early Feb 2016.
Each of the three books cost me $100 for the Ghostwriter to write for me. I provided the story outline for each based on research into the tropes of the genre. They are not the best stories ever, but they were ok.
= $300 writing costs
When each book launched I ran FB ads to a targeted interest audience to garner some traffic to the new release (bearing in mind this was a virtually new and unknown pen name). Overall I spent approximately $400 on FB Ads across the series = $400 ad costs.
$300+400=$700 TOTAL COST FOR BOOKS AND ADS.
As of today that series has made $5976.55.
ROI $5976-$700 = $5276.55
From one 3 book short read series!
My best selling series has made far more than that, and I have not even released the boxset yet. That one is a seven book series of short reads, each is 10-15K words, and so far it has pulled $12264.
Conservatively, the boxset will add a further $5-6K to that number.
And I am not a big player. I am not nearly as successful as some I see in the Facebook groups I am part of (by a very long stretch).
Just a regular guy who focused in one direction for a long time.
In this report I want to share some lessons I have learned.
Although I use ghostwriters myself (and teach in the report how I do this), all of the principles can be applied just as well if you write your own books. In fact, some of the people who were most excited about what I show in the report were passionate self-publishers who write all of their own books.
Proud to be in the trenches with you,
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