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Who’s going to make a ton of money with their ebooks?

I hear a lot about writers who are making money hand over fist with their ebooks. Those are the people who talk about it. I also know a lot of authors who aren’t making enough to pay the cover artist, the editor, or the copy editor. Or who didn’t pay for any of those things, and are probably making even less money. (People putting up their out-of-print books have the advantage that an editor and a copy editor have already worked their magic - but you still have to create a new cover.)

I myself make a little money from putting my back list on the Kindle and other e-readers. All My Books on the Kindle (Including 5 for $2.99. But not millions.

An article in the Washington Post points out the same enormous successes these articles always do: Amanda Hocking and JA Konrath, as well as a few lesser known names. But it also injects a note of caution:

“The overwhelming number of self-publishing e-authors are consigned to the same fate as their print counterparts: oblivion. “We have less than 50 people who are making more than $50,000 per year. We have a lot who don’t sell a single book,” says Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords.com, a Web site that helped launch indie publishing.”
Read on for a balanced view.



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Do you have an out-of-print book you'd like to put out as an ebook?

Do you have an out-of-print book you'd like to put out as an ebook?

Here's some step-by-step great advice.

All five that I've put up were originally traditionally published and got good reviews. Learning to Fly and Buried Diamonds originally came out from St. Martins. The other three came out from Harper Collins. I'm pricing them all at just $2.99.


Learning to Fly: A Novel has been optioned for film twice, translated into three languages (I actually made a lot of money in France), and went into four printings. It was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and the PNBA award, and got got two starred reviews. It's about a pregnant 19-year-old girl named Free who hates her life - and then she walks away from a multi-car accident with a dead woman's ID and a bag of cash that originally belonged to a drug dealer.


Circles of Confusionwas my first published book (the fourth I wrote, though). Claire Montrose inherits what might be a long-lost Vermeer painting. A Booksense pick, and a finalist for both the Agatha and the Anthony awards. I went to a lot of banquets the year after it came out, and let me tell you, it's impossible to eat while you wait for them to announce the awards. (While I did not win, I did sit next to winners and heard the little sound they make when their name is announced.)


Square in the Face was the second in Claire's adventures. Claire helps her friend track down the child she gave up to a secret adoption agency. Finding the girl is the only chance for a bone marrow match for a younger sibling. This was inspired by an experience that happened to my brother's friend.


In Heart-Shaped Box, Claire goes to her 20th high school reunion. At the beginning, a cheerleader is found strangled to death. In her hands is a hand carved wooden box with her photo in it. Claire and a number of other women at the reunion have also received boxes. Next to Circles of Confusion, this is probably the most popular book in the series.


Buried Diamonds explores a 50-year-old mystery - and reveals the hidden past of Claire's roommate. This was a darker book - and a worthy end to the series.

Here's a link to all my books on the Kindle.

All these books should be available on any e-reader platform (I went through Amazon for the Kindle and Smashwords for everything else). Don't have any e-reader? There's a free Kindle app available for both Macs and PCs.



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Did you get an e-reader for Christmas?

Did you get an e-reader for Christmas? Do you like it? [Full disclosure: I would love to have an i-Pad, but right now that falls under the category of "wants," not "needs."]

Anyway, if you are looking for some inexpensive books to load on your e-reader, I have an immodest suggestion: mine! All five that I've put up were originally traditionally published and got good reviews. Learning to Fly and Buried Diamonds originally came out from St. Martins. The other three came out from Harper Collins. I'm pricing them all at just $2.99.


Learning to Fly: A Novel has been optioned for film twice, translated into three languages (I actually made a ton of money in France), and went into four printings. It was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and the PNBA award, and got got two starred reviews. It's about a pregnant 19-year-old girl named Free who hates her life - and then she walks away from a multi-car accident with a dead woman's ID and a bag of cash that originally belonged to a drug dealer.


Circles of Confusionwas my first published book (the fourth I wrote, though). Claire Montrose inherits what might be a long-lost Vermeer painting. A Booksense pick, and a finalist for both the Agatha and the Anthony awards. I went to a lot of banquets the year after it came out, and let me tell you, it's impossible to eat while you wait for them to announce the awards.


Square in the Face was the second in Claire's adventures. Claire helps her friend track down the child she gave up to a secret adoption agency. Finding the girl is the only chance for a bone marrow match for a younger sibling. This was inspired by an experience that happened to my brother's friend.


In Heart-Shaped Box, Claire goes to her 20th high school reunion. At the beginning, a cheerleader is found strangled to death. In her hands is a hand carved wooden box with her photo in it. Claire and a number of other women at the reunion have also received boxes. Next to Circles of Confusion, this is probably the most popular book in the series.


Buried Diamonds explores a 50-year-old mystery - and reveals the hidden past of Claire's roommate. This was a darker book. It was a worthy end to the series.

Here's a link to all my books on the Kindle.

All these books should be available on any e-reader platform (I went through Amazon for the Kindle and Smashwords for everything else). Don't have any e-reader? There's a free Kindle app available for both Macs and PCs.



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Maybe NOT such a good place to read a Kindle - while you are driving a bus


Commuting on the freeway during rush hour is boring.

So boring that a Tri-Met driver propped a Kindle on his dash and read as he drove through the Terwilliger Curves - infamous for the number of accidents that occur there. At one point, he even drove with his elbow. When the driver finally noticed that people were watching and had their cell phones out, he lied and told a rider he could not take a picture of him while driving.

While I'm all for getting more people reading, I don't think this is the answer.



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To Kindle or not to Kindle

Authors have all kinds of choices open to them nowadays. One is to put their books out there themselves. There are three times when authors might consider this:
- As a way of getting published for the first time
- As a way of reaching new readers with out-of-print books whose rights have reverted back to you
- As a way of publishing books that came “this close” with traditional houses.

Author CJ Lyons looks at the pros and cons of Kindling in a couple of great posts which you can read here and here.

I’ve put five of my previously published books on the Kindle. April's books on the Kindle



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It's time to start making the big(ger) money on Kindle

As of July 1, Amazon has changed around their pricing model for folks who sell books on the Kindle. If you price your ebook at $2.99 (and a few other rules, but that's the basic one), you will now get 70% of the price it sells for, instead of 35%.

I figure any money I make from my out-of-print books is gravy. These are books I labored over and loved. Books that until ebooks came along you could only read if you a) broke into my basement and stole a copy, b) checked out from the library or c) picked up at a garage sale. Learning to Fly and Buried Diamonds originally came out from St. Martins. The other three came out from Harper Collins.


Learning to Fly: A Novel has been optioned for film twice, translated into three languages (I actually made a ton of money in France), and went into four printings. It was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and the PNBA award. It's about a pregnant 19-year-old girl named Free who hates her life - and then she walks away from a multi-car accident with a dead woman's ID and a bag of cash that originally belonged to a drug dealer.


Circles of Confusionwas my first published book (the fourth I wrote, though). Claire Montrose inherits what might be a long-lost Vermeer painting. A Booksense pick, and a finalist for both the Agatha and the Anthony awards. I went to a lot of banquets the year after it came out, and let me tell you, it's impossible to eat while you wait for them to announce the awards.


Square in the Face was the second in Claire's adventures. Claire helps her friend track down the child she gave up to a secret adoption agency. Finding the girl is the only chance for a bone marrow match for a younger sibling. This was based on an experience that happened to my brother's friend.


In Heart-Shaped Box, Claire goes to her 20th high school reunion. At the beginning, a cheerleader is found strangled to death. In her hands is a hand carved wooden box with her photo in it. Claire and a number of other women at the reunion have also received boxes. Next to Circles of Confusion, this was probably the most popular book in the series.


Buried Diamonds explores a 50-year-old mystery - and reveals the hidden past of Claire's roommate. This was a darker book. It was a worthy end to the series.

Here's a link to all my books on the Kindle.

Don't have a Kindle? Through Smashwords, the books should be available in whatever format you read your ebooks in. Don't have any e-reader? There's a free Kindle app available for both Macs and PCs.
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As promised, the results of my Kindle experiment

This summer, Amazon is changing around the way it pays royalties to folks who self-pub on the Kindle, or who, like me, bring back their old out-of-print books to the Kindle. Royalty rates will rise to 70%, but you can’t price your book at less than $2.99 to get that. Some people say that if you price your book really cheap, like 99 cents, you can sell enough copies to make up for it.

Curious, I ran a little test. During the month of May, I dropped my prices to 99 cents each. I sold three times as much. Which meant, I made exactly as much money as I had the month before, when the books cost 2.99 and I sold one third as many. And given the new royalty rates, it didn't make any sense to keep the price at 99 cents. To keep up, I would have needed to see nine times as much! So they are back to $2.99. They include:


Learning to Fly has been optioned for film twice, translated into three languages (I actually made a ton of money in France), and went into four printings. It's about a 19 year old girl named Free who doesn't like her life - and then she walks away from a multi-car accident with another woman's identity and a bag of cash that originally belonged to a drug dealer.


Circles of Confusion was my first published book (the fourth I wrote, though). Claire Montrose inherits what might be a long-lost Vermeer painting - and a lot of people are very interested. I stole a lot of dumb things I had done and gave them to Claire, which made them not stupid, but funny. Like the time I got into a cab at New York in the front seat (I had never ridden in a a cab before) and the taxi driver proposed marriage. A Booksense pick, finalist for Agatha and Anthony awards. I went to a lot of banquets the year after it came out, and let me tell you, it's impossible to eat while you wait for them to announce the awards.


Square in the Face was the second in Claire's adventures. Claire helps her friend track down the child she gave up to a secret adoption agency.


In Heart-Shaped Box, Claire goes to her 20th high school reunion. At the beginning, a cheerleader is found strangled to death. In her hands is a hand carved wooden box with her photo in it. Claire and a number of other women at the reunion have also received boxes. Next to Circles of Confusion, this was probably the most popular book in the series.


Buried Diamonds explores a 50-year-old mystery - and reveals the hidden past of Claire's roommate.

Here's a link to all my books on the Kindle.



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Free is a very good price - Amazon to splits its Kindle "bestseller" list

Free is of course a very good price. But does it count as a bestseller? For a long time, Amazon has counted downloads of free Kindle books in its sales rank, so many of the top 100 are free books. (Hand of Fate currently sits at 187.)

Now Amazon is going to split the list, which may result in fewer publishers offering free downloads of one of an author’s books to promote the sales of another.

Read more here.



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