Interesting to note that at this point in time, there are more than 1.2 million eBooks listed on Amazon. I won’t say, selling on Amazon, because some of them may not have even had one sale for their eBook.
Funnily enough, as a self-publisher of eBooks and print books, I find that I absolutely love to create eBooks. Here is why:
I love the speediness of it all. As a creative person, spending the time writing, editing and all that is required for writing a book takes incredibly long. So, when I finish the whole production I can literally submit it online as an eBook and have it ready for purchasing within 48 hours of submission. How awesome is that! My months or years of work is now readily available right around the world in a mere 48 hours.
The other reason is, I love to write and when Amazon opened it’s doors for self-publishes like me, who hate waiting years (and literally I mean years) to hear back from publishers that are only interested in selecting already proven-published authors, it really is a chance to get my work seen and adored by fans who want more. I don’t have to have a book hiding in the cupboard because I can’t get a publisher (and to be honest I gave up trying, after a couple of goes. Who has the time?!)
There are many awesome reasons as a writer and publisher to create eBooks. The question, I ponder is though, are they being read?
Over the years, I have spoken and interviewed many other self-published and published authors, including the awesome, Janet Evanovich, who featured in my magazine Imagine This and also in one of my eBooks, How do they do it? 14 Business Mums share how they juggle life.
Funny enough, the more unknown self-indie writers admitted quite openly the their eBook sales were incredibly slow and low. Others have success and can earn thousands of dollars every month in royalties, where others are lucky to even score one sale in a quarter.
Does it all come down to marketing?
I am interested to hear your story. Do you read eBooks or do you prefer to write them and if so, have you had much success?
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