Wow, it’s interesting to get some real numbers out of indie publishers. Robin Sullivan does a nice job with this post and the comments afterward are interesting as well as others chip in to put their sales up. Very much worth the read, folks.
On the one chart there is no telling about pricing. Just numbers of sales. And also no way of knowing how many products each author has up.
I will admit Kris and I are over the minimum 800 sales on only Kindle per month. (And I will not say how much over.) And we sell short stories (99 cents), collections ($2.99 and $4.99), and novels ($4.99). And yes, the money is nice and growing. We also sell under seven names and across all genres.
And we are having overseas and Hollywood people find our work far more easily than when we were only traditionally published and had agents, so we are making more that way as well.
The big sales folks like Locke and Konrath, as Robin says, get all the press, but those of us just doing the publishing and making decent sales are making decent money as well.
What do I think the key is? Simple: Have a bunch of products up there. The more up, the more readers can find your work, find something they like, and then buy more.
And value your work. Always remember a book sold at $4.99 is equal to 10 books sold at 99 cents.
I want the reader who values my work as much as I do. But that seems to be just my opinion these days. The terms “writer” and “self-worth” do not often go in the same sentence.
(Yup, that’s just me being snarfy… (grin))