More self-publishing success stories

If you need motivation to keep writing on these snowy February mornings, look at a few of the big breakthrough success stories for self-published authors. As you’ll see, having a book on Amazon in a Kindle version, and having other ereader formats can create viral success.

Are you ready for Royalties While You Sleep?

Source: USA Today Feb 9, 2011

Article excerpt:

Fed up with attempts to find a traditional publisher for her young-adult paranormal novels, [Amanda] Hocking self-published last March and began selling her novels on online bookstores like Amazon and Barnesandnoble.com.

By May she was selling hundreds; by June, thousands. She sold 164,000 books in 2010. Most were low-priced (99 cents to $2.99) digital downloads.

More astounding: This January she sold more than 450,000 copies of her nine titles. More than 99% were e-books.

Further in the article:

H.P. Mallory, another self-published paranormal e-novelist, has sold 70,000 copies of her e-books since July. Her success caught the attention of traditional publisher Random House, with whom she just signed a three-book contract. “Selling e-books on Kindle and Barnesandnoble.com basically changed my life,” Mallory says. “I never would have gotten where I am today if I hadn’t.”

 

Helen Gallagher

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