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Friday, December 28, 2012




          1.) If you don't know your destination, it is likely you will never arrive.

          2.) Is it 1,000 sales a month?

               a.) At 99 cents a book, you will make 35 cents off each book.
               b.) That's $350 a month.
               c.) That's $4,200 a year, but is it success to you?

          3.) At $2.99 a book that would be $24,000 a year - now, you're talking more than a hobby.

     B.) THE TOP 4 GENRES:

          1.) Romance, paranormal, thriller, and mystery.

           2.) But, there is a wide variety of additional genres. 
                 It looks like the club is open to almost any genre.

           3.) THINK SEX
                 a.) No matter what genre you pick, make sure there
                       is romance, steamy sex, and suspense.

                 b.) Look at the hottest eBooks and you will see what
                       I mean.

     C.) Of those authors who sell 1,000 titles a month ...

           1.) What is their key to epublishing success?

           2.) It seems that it’s the number of titles an author
                 has available.

           3.) 67% of the authors have three or more
                titles available.

     D.) Joe Konrath talks about this a lot over on his fine blog.

          1.) And, from the numbers, you have to agree.

          2.) It seems that a good strategy to join the
                1,000+ Sales/Month Club
                is to emulate the existing club members by
                putting more ebooks up for sale.

     E.) Get started now, keep writing, commit to 2 or 3 years
           of effort
           before you evaluate your success, and don’t lose hope!

          1.) Novels take too much time to write so as to
               accumulate a backlist?

          2.) Consider volumes of linked short stories as
               Milo James Fowler has done.

          3.) What price you ask?

                a.) 99 cents for volumes of short stories.

                b.) $1.99 to $2.99 for novels (You are not JK
                      Rowling; you have to tempt a reader to 
                      gamble on you.)

     A.) Don't read reviews.

     B.) Reviews are for readers.
     C.) You're better off taking the advice
           (praise and criticism) from your fans
           because they are the ones you're writing for.

     D.) Don't compare yourself to other authors.
           Everyone's experience will be different.

     E.)  Sales rise and fall. Publishing new books help to get
           out of the dips,
           but not all books sell the same.

          a.) Some books sell better than others, and there's no
               way to tell which will sell well.
          b.) All you can do is write the best book you can, put
                an attractive cover and title on it,
                write the best description you can, and put it
                out there.

     F.) Most of all, have fun writing because in the end,
           that's really at the heart of what we're doing:
           writing books that mean something to us.


  1. It's nice hearing Neil Gaiman's voice early in the day, saying what we know to be true. A novelist has to write.

    I write in moleskines, too, when there is a need to work on a scene or dialogue. But I prefer using the keyboard for its speed when I'm working on creating the first draft.

  2. Thanks, Roland.That NG advice has got me thinking.

  3. You are the most prolific writer I know, Roland. You've got quite a few ebooks out there. I hope you sell millions of copies in 2013.

  4. Ref: Get started now, keep writing, commit to 2 or 3 years
    of effort
    before you evaluate your success, and don’t lose hope!

    That is what I shall do, Roland.
    Stick-to-it-tive-ness, I hope and pray, will pay off :-)

    Happy Holidays!!

  5. D.G.:
    What a friend N G would make, wouldn't he? We all have our writing mediums that change according to our needs. Good to know that it works for Neil! :-)

    There's no better person to instruct us in how to write. Stephen King is second (at least to me.) I'm sure Mr. King is crying himself to sleep over that last sentence! :-)

    That would be great. I'm the laughing stock where I work, putting so much effort into my novels and selling so few copies.

    No one said it would be easy, right?

    As Victor's mantra has it: impossible just gives birth to legends! This could well be our year, Angela! :-)