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Posts Tagged ‘Amanda Hocking’

To Self-Publish Or Not To Self-Publish

To self-publish or not to self-publish, that is a common question being raised among authors these days, as eBook publishing is making it easier for them to make it on their own.

The benefits of self-publishing is often a higher royalty rate (70% from Amazon) and the ability to directly market to an existing audience of fans. The benefits for going with a traditional publisher are their powerful marketing arm, especially for an unknown author, as well an advance.

Yesterday, Avon introduced a new digital imprint called Avon Impulse, which when you go to their site triggers a submission form for potential romance authors. But this may or may not be the best place to publish your book.

PCMag pointed out that eBook author Amanda Hocking did just fine on her own using the Kindle store. She has, “sold over 900,000 copies of her books since last April, many through Amazon’s Kindle Store. Whereas Amazon’s Kindle Store allows authors to keep 70 percent of their profits, Avon Impulse is offering authors 25 percent of profits on the first 10,000 copies of each e-book solid, and 50 percent after that.”

Which do you think is better?

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Top Kindle Books Cost $5 Or Less

Kindle owners like cheap eBooks. According to Amazon’s Top 100 Paid list, 7 of the Top 10 titles cost $5 or less.

The No. 1 title, Alone by Lisa Gardner is $.99, the No. 3 title is $.99 Switched (Trylle Trilogy, Book 1) by Amanda Hocking, and the No. 4 title is The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch which costs $3.99, The No. 10 title is a $.99 Kindle game from Oak Systems Leisure Software called Word Search.

The most expensive books on the list include Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and… the No. 2 title, which costs $9.99; The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson $9,99 eBook, which is ranked at No. 5; and James Patterson’s Tick Tock, which costs $12.99 and is ranked at No. 8.

Three titles cost $5. This includes Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at No. 6 and The Girl Who Played with Fire at No. 7, as well as Water for Elephants: A Novel by
Sara Gruen at No. 9.