Who doesn't love a story of success? In today's publishing climate, it's practically impossible to find an author (or aspiring author) who hasn't been intrigued by the increased success of ebooks.
The Detroit Free Press published an article today about some of the highly successful authors who have made a killing at creating ebooks. From monthly profits of $20,000 to nearly $140,000, it's easy to see just why so many authors (and people who have never considered themselves authors) are taking a crack at ebooks and quitting their day jobs in the process. Similar to the dot-com boom in the 90s, ebooks are only going to become more and more necessary for authors. Think it's a fad? Try this test: head to Amazon and do a search on any given topic. Hopefully, you're sitting because, regardless of what topic you chose, the number of available titles is likely to shock/overwhelm/surprise you. Yes, there are people who write books about how to survive an apocalypse because there's a market for it. Sure, there are books about how to become a comedian because there's a market for it.
You read correctly. $70,000 a month for ebooks. While Amanda Lee and the other successful ebook authors didn't set out to be millionaires as authors, they definitely stumbled upon a goldmine and are riding the wave out perfectly.
Boyd Craven, another ebook author who writes about "prepping" (storing food in the event of a calamity), self-published his first ebook in 2015 and quickly found his calling. Even after failing English in high school and twice in community college, Craven found his audience and catered to them. Craven publishes a short story or novella every 3 weeks (whew!). Due to his demanding schedule, he now employs his own team of editors, something he says is necessary to make sure he's giving his best product to his fans.
The article was extremely insightful and further highlighted the necessity for authors (and aspiring authors) to get on the bandwagon for ebooks and to do it professionally.
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