Self-Publishing Success Stories (authors with more than 50,000 ebooks sold to date)


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    Self-Publishing Success Stories (authors with more than 50,000 ebooks sold to date)

    I hope some will find the info useful.

    Keep in mind that it is just as hard to be successful as an indie author as a traditional published author.

    There maybe tens of thousands of self-published authors out there. Of these, only tiny percentage has sold more than 50,000 ebooks total (to date).



    And of the 108 authors listed who have sold more than 50,000 indie ebooks, these 22 have sold the most.


    Amanda Hocking - 1,500,000 ebooks sold (December 2011)
    Barbara Freethy - 1.3 million self-published ebooks sold (Dec 2011)
    John Locke- more than 1,100,000 eBooks sold in five months
    Gemma Halliday - over 1 million self-published ebooks sold (March 2012)
    Michael Prescott - more than 800,000 self-published ebooks sold (Dec 2011)
    Chris Culver - over 550,000 (Dec 2011)
    Heather Killough-Walden - over 500,000 books sold (Dec 2011)
    Selena Kitt - "With half a million ebooks sold in 2011 alone"
    J.A. Konrath - more than 500,000 ebooks sold (November 2011)
    Stephen Leather - close to 500,000 books sold (Nov 2011)
    CJ Lyons - almost 500,000 ebooks sold (Dec 2011)
    J.R. Rain - more than 400,000 books sold (Sept 2011)
    Darcie Chan - more than 400,000 ebooks sold (Nov 2011)
    Bob Mayer - 347 sold in Jan to over 400,000 total sold by year's end (Dec 2011)
    Bella Andre - more than 400,000 books sold (Feb 2012)
    Tina Folsom - over 300,000 books sold (October 2011)
    J Carson Black - more than 300,000 books sold (November 2011)
    B.V. Larson - over 250,000 books sold (Dec 2011)
    Kerry Wilkinson - more than 250,000 books sold (Feb 2012)
    T.R. Ragan - 239,592 books sold (March 2012)
    H.P. Mallory - more than 200,000 ebooks sold (July 2011)
    Marie Force - more than 200,000 sold in the last year (March 2012)
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    Impressive. I wonder what they did to their books that made them so popular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunaynaprasad View Post
    Impressive. I wonder what they did to their books that made them so popular.
    Their keys to success:

    1) low price ($2.99-$3.99 range mostly)
    3) great books with great covers
    2) have several books

    As indie authors, they get 70% royalties (so $2.04 royalties for a book that is priced at $2.99). Low price helps get a lot of readers buying.

    p.s. I'm adding more authors that I have found to the list. Should be up to 120+ in a few days.

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    Any chance of some titles as well, I am curious to know if there is any non-fiction and what sort of subjects they cover, the only one I have heard of before is Amanda Hocking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly Buckle View Post
    Any chance of some titles as well, I am curious to know if there is any non-fiction and what sort of subjects they cover, the only one I have heard of before is Amanda Hocking.
    to my knowledge, there are no non-fiction authors on the list.

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    You can find how well none-fiction is selling by going to Amazon. Click on Best Seller for Non-Fiction (and choose a Non-Fiction category). And see if there are some that are priced "low." If it is, it is usually indie authors (self-publishers).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BookReader View Post
    If it is, it is usually indie authors (self-publishers).
    If it is, it is usually indie authors self-publishers. (I'm an indie author - I do not intend to be a self-published author. )

    Is there a breakdown of genre, and are give aways included in these numbers? I saw on another forum where fantasy seemed to be doing better than SciFi.

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    Hmm... I feel like $2.04 at 1.5 million sold is a decent deal. I wouldn't mind making that for my writing.

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    I don't think profit margins on $3-4 books is quite that high, still even at one cent each it would be $150, 000, that would keep me while I wrote the next one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly Buckle View Post
    I don't think profit margins on $3-4 books is quite that high, still even at one cent each it would be $150, 000, that would keep me while I wrote the next one.

    Here's what Amazon and B&N pays for self-published ebooks:

    Amazon Kindle Publishing Royalties:


    $2.99 and above: 70%
    under $2.99: 35%


    Barnes & Noble Pubit Royalties:


    $2.99 and above: 65%
    under $2.99: 40%



    From one of the most successful self-published authors (he was a midlist before jumping to self-publishing).
    A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: $100,000

    $100,000


    One hundred grand. That's how much I've made on Amazon in the last three weeks.


    This is just for my self-pubbed Kindle titles. It doesn't include Shaken and Stirred, which were published by Amazon's imprints. It doesn't include any of my legacy sales, print or ebook. It doesn't include audiobook sales. It doesn't include sales from other platforms.


    This is from my self-pubbed books. The ones the Big 6 rejected.
    he's an exception, not the norm. But he has done quite well for himself from self-publishing. He recently posted that he has sold over 800,000 ebooks.
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    I always look at Konrath's claims with a bit (or more) of skepticism. Just the fact he likes to forget he got established through commercial publishers before going to self-pub... But I realize he's God to a lot of people.

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