Sunday, January 20, 2013

Wow, this is good!

I’ve now been almost two years into the publishing game. I’ve self-published three novels and one short story. I have a book coming out this Spring from Cool Well Press and another with a Literary agent, making the publisher rounds. I still look for way to maximize my success, but I have been coming to one conclusion. Writing a good story is the key.

Recently I happened upon Bone River by Megan Chance.  I down loaded to my Kindle a sample, read the first few paragraphs and thought: wow, this is good.  I decided to get the rest of the novel. Then I wondered how well it’s doing. Typically, I check the rank on Amazon and the reviews. The book is #75 in the Kindle store. Not shabby. By my estimates, that comes in at least 500 books a month.  Selling at $2.99 means $2.10 to the author, or over a $1000 a month.  (Interesting side note: probably not enough to support oneself.)

What sold me on the book?  The writing did.  I can think of many marketing schemes. Reviews. Author interviews. Web traffic. But one thing matters.  Write a damn good book.

Ron D. Voigts is the author of CLAWS OF THE GRIFFIN available in the Spring of 2013 from Cool Well Press Check out his Penelope Mysteries available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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