Made $200 in my first Two Weeks

by GoodFE
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Aloha Warriors,

New guy here so take it easy on me!

I started publishing my ebooks on Kindle 2 weeks ago and have found great success!

In week one I made 90 dollars (70 of which was from one book) and week two I made 120 dollars (80 of which was from the same book as the week before.

Is this typical for new kindle publishers? I have not promoted any of these books in any way and they are all original content.

My successful book makes 5 sales a day on average and is a compilation piece, obviously after it garnered some success I decided to try and copy the formula and tried to see if one book of a similar nature would be successful.

The compilation book is 4 in 1 while the other book is just 1 stand alone book and is about 5000 words. It has been online 3 days and made 10 sales already which I am content with so far.

I plan to continue with this and my goal is to make 1000 dollars in my first month and build a collection that eventually earns at least 1000 a week.

If this is typical then I am sorry for getting so excited, if not I would be happy to share a few tips with fellow newbies.
#$200 #made #weeks
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    • Profile picture of the author GoodFE
      Just replied Jack
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  • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
    Congratulations Goody!

    Just curious: What type of ebooks did you sell? Was it about MMO or IM or something else?
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    • Profile picture of the author GoodFE
      Nope, nothing to do with making money online.

      Those niches are extremely competitive and it's difficult being a small fish in a huge pond.

      I did try uploading some books about making money on fiverr and that has made about 10usd so far.

      I tried several different genres when I started out, none of which have seen many sales.

      I tried writing erotica books (after reading online that it is one of the best sellers) and had 2 sales in day one, 3 in day two, then it was the weekend and I got 10 sales for two days. Obviously after that I decided to stick to the genre!
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      • Profile picture of the author Brant
        Originally Posted by GoodFE View Post

        I tried writing erotica books (after reading online that it is one of the best sellers) and had 2 sales in day one, 3 in day two, then it was the weekend and I got 10 sales for two days. Obviously after that I decided to stick to the genre!
        Very good idea!
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      • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
        Originally Posted by GoodFE View Post

        I tried writing erotica books (after reading online that it is one of the best sellers) and had 2 sales in day one, 3 in day two, then it was the weekend and I got 10 sales for two days. Obviously after that I decided to stick to the genre!
        Oooo... erotica! Awesome hit pal! I bet you are an amazing writer since that genre requires a whole lot of tempting scenes and conveying that hotness in words is not an easy play.

        Hope you are already having a dedicated website for your books. Your readers would love to be your Fans.
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      • Profile picture of the author GregtheWriter
        Originally Posted by GoodFE View Post

        I tried writing erotica books (after reading online that it is one of the best sellers) and had 2 sales in day one, 3 in day two, then it was the weekend and I got 10 sales for two days. Obviously after that I decided to stick to the genre!
        Haha so your books are in the erotica genre?

        That's pretty awesome. I've been a fiction writer for 15 years, I got a little fiction up on the Kindle myself, made like 90 bucks over 6 months. Definitely haven't pushed making any money on the Kindle... but maybe I should.

        I don't think I could do erotica, all my fiction is of the tragic/fantastical/horror nature.

        Or of course... IM/MLM
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  • Profile picture of the author tayuyaa
    I never tried kindle so far but after reading many success stories like yours Id say I need to dive in very soon... I must say that this is a strategy that attracts me a lot as it's somehow the same thing I do with short reports...;

    So you just posted the ebook on the marketplace and that is it? No marketing? No thing?

    thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author GoodFE
      Originally Posted by tayuyaa View Post

      I never tried kindle so far but after reading many success stories like yours Id say I need to dive in very soon... I must say that this is a strategy that attracts me a lot as it's somehow the same thing I do with short reports...;

      So you just posted the ebook on the marketplace and that is it? No marketing? No thing?

      thanks
      I can't recommend Kindle enough! Success can vary, a friend of mine started the same day as me, has the same amount of books and has only made 10usd. We even write in the same genre.

      I don't promote my books in any way but I did practice how to make ebook covers for about 2 weeks before I started. You can promote through Kindle anyway by offering one book for free which will allow you to get some positive reviews and perhaps sell other books in your collection.

      I downloaded Gimp for free and just kept making covers for practice until i got to a high standard.

      I advise you to either learn to make them yourself or else hire someone to do so because a professional cover is truly the key. I have read my friends books and his were better than mine but his covers were terrible and nobody would give him a shot.

      If you have any further questions I am more than happy to answer them!
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      • Profile picture of the author Bond1806
        Originally Posted by GoodFE View Post

        I advise you to either learn to make them yourself or else hire someone to do so because a professional cover is truly the key. I have read my friends books and his were better than mine but his covers were terrible and nobody would give him a shot.

        If you have any further questions I am more than happy to answer them!
        Great to hear about your success. I am also newbie here and I am in process of writing 100+ pages ebook.
        It is specially targeted to gambling niche (sorry if I am not going into details).
        Since I am working as magazine art director with 15 years in business I am shore I can produce my own covers. Been reading about how important cover is and how to design so it is visible and appealing even at small stamp size.
        I am glad you are selling yours and I hope my will sell also.
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  • Profile picture of the author JE Publishing
    Congratulations GoodFE, its always good to read about success stories i honestly do hope your success carries on.
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  • Profile picture of the author gpwilson
    Thanks dude for sharing this wonderful success story with all of us. You are certainly did a great job. Just carry on good works.
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    That's excellent. Kindle is a great platform.

    What is the name of your erotica book?
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    Despite the competitiveness of the erotica field on Kindle, the market is large enough that you can do very well....There used to be some good WSO's on here devoted to that niche so if you need to polish some of your campaigns, do a search on the WSO board as you probably will pick up some great tips from their experience.

    In any event, keep doing what you're doing as you've tapped into a really good money maker!
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  • Congratz. It seems kindle is a good way to make some money. Might have to look into that soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author susansaunders
    Congratulations and thank you for sharing this, it sounds like a nice little trick to get started writing and marketing ebooks.
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    • Profile picture of the author surenpp
      hi GoodFE

      What is the average size of your ebook also what price you are selling them
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      • Profile picture of the author Gary336
        Congratulations GoodFE, of course you should be excited by your results. You have a proof of concept which you can scale up and you have a juicy WSO in the making. Good luck.
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      • Profile picture of the author GoodFE
        Originally Posted by surenpp View Post

        hi GoodFE

        What is the average size of your ebook also what price you are selling them
        My early books were 3000 words but I have recently decided to up the word count to 10k for each release so that I can continue asking for the higher royalty percentage.

        My early books were being sold for .99c with meant I received .35 and then I released books for $2.99 which meant I recieve $2.06 for each.
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  • Profile picture of the author prem khaira
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    Congrats Must have felt real good yea?..very happy for you, keep it up.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheRealDMH
      Great work and thanks for the share. It sounds like you are kicking tail for a new starter on Kindle.

      Please keep us posted, it'd be interesting to know a bit more about what affects/bumps sales.

      eg. Release date/popularity or as you mentioned cover art.

      So when you get a bit more historical data it would be really interesting to see how it's moving.

      Great job

      All the best and hope you keep bringing in the cash!
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  • Profile picture of the author ujubo
    Thanks for the awesome success story. It helps for motivation.

    Could you also give maybe some insight as to how you went about it?

    Like format (PDF?), selling platform (Amazon?) and how you decided upon price, etc. ?

    Thanks again!
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    • Profile picture of the author GoodFE
      Originally Posted by ujubo View Post

      Thanks for the awesome success story. It helps for motivation.

      Could you also give maybe some insight as to how you went about it?

      Like format (PDF?), selling platform (Amazon?) and how you decided upon price, etc. ?

      Thanks again!
      No problem ujubo!

      You only need word document to get started, when you upload a book to amazon they will convert it to the Kindle format for you.

      I only sell on Amazon right now because I enrolled all of my books in Kindle select. Kindle select allows Kindle Prime members to 'Borrow' my book (I get paid for each time they borrow it) but it means that I can't place it on any other website for 90 days.

      I try to be fair with my prices but I've noticed that books for .99c actually sell a lot less than others I have, I can only assume that the users avoid cheaper books because they feel they are of a poor quality.

      Now I sell books for 2.99 dollars. There are two royalty percentage options on Kindle, if you sell them for .99 you will only get 35% but if you sell for 2.99 you get 70% and make 2usd.

      I can't stress enough how important the covers are, if you want to try this (and you should!), get gimp and practice making covers.

      What I did was go to amazon and look at popular books and their covers/description etc. I then went to gimp and tried to make something very similar to it. It took time but it was worth it!

      I can't send PM's here for the moment so if you have any more questions feel free to ask!
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  • Great Job keep it up Rinse and Repeat
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  • Profile picture of the author techbul
    Thanks for your post and details, they truly are inspiring!
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    • Profile picture of the author Zend
      well, you niche is really popular indeed, I'm really tempted to buy your eBook right now. :p

      You should hurry made another one, remember to strike while the iron is hot!
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      • Profile picture of the author GoodFE
        Originally Posted by Zend View Post

        well, you niche is really popular indeed, I'm really tempted to buy your eBook right now. :p

        You should hurry made another one, remember to strike while the iron is hot!
        Yeah I am working on something new, I'm from Europe but live in Asia, going to Laos tomorrow for 2 days so I will get lots done in the bus and hotel!

        I forgot to mention that I haven't included the titles that were borrowed or sales I made on amazon.co.uk so the actual earnings figure is probably closer to $300
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  • Profile picture of the author CalinDan
    I can't recommend Kindle publishing platform enough. It's a good place to start creating a passive income stream for yourself.

    And while writing for Kindle, you exercise your writing skills, which are crucial for people just starting their journey in IM.

    Congrats mate, don't stop till you hit your goal.

    Regards,
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    CCongratulations! This makes me want to start publishing E books as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author aprilm
      Wow! Congratulations! Isn't Kindle amazing? I tried like every other form of IM before hitting my sweet spot with Kindle. It really is an amazing automated passive income opportunity! Keep up the great work!
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  • Profile picture of the author IMWarrior0
    any tips would be appreciated mate if you wouldnt mind pming me
    cheers mate
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  • Profile picture of the author Mousumi
    Good start
    My hubby is also working on two academic books for sometime now...Good luck!!
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  • Profile picture of the author maz1207
    Wow! Congratulations! That's a "hot" genre, who doesn't need that anyway?? LOL! Hope you'll get more sales. Sent you a PM.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoodFE
    Hey everyone, I got a few PMs asking for tips on how I promote my books etc but unfortunately I can't reply to those PM's. If anyone wants tips or help then feel free to PM me but include some way for me to contact you in the message and I will reply asap.

    One user asked why I am okay with saying I write Erotica and the answer is simple. Erotica is a very broad term and I am working within a specific niche.

    I wouldn't say the specific niche because it would be counter productive for us both.

    For every good user here there are probably 50 anonymous accounts that would try to copy exactly what I did and it would be like throwing money away (due to it costing nothing to start).

    Plus, I also feel its good to figure some of these things out for yourself. Too many budding IM's want everything handed to them, they want people to release every single detail of how you found success, in turn asking you to give up some of your hard earned money to someone that maybe doesn't deserve it.

    I told you the genre, time to research and try to beat me
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    Maybe I just don't understand kindle well enough.

    But writing an entire book, then crossing your fingers for a sale, never seemed like a good business model to me. I understand that you can research niches, but the idea of writing books seems too hit or miss.

    I am seeing lots of threads like these, so perhaps its time to write my first book.

    -Red
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    • Profile picture of the author GoodFE
      Originally Posted by RedShifted View Post

      Maybe I just don't understand kindle well enough.

      But writing an entire book, then crossing your fingers for a sale, never seemed like a good business model to me. I understand that you can research niches, but the idea of writing books seems too hit or miss.

      I am seeing lots of threads like these, so perhaps its time to write my first book.

      -Red
      Well every book ive sold has seen at least 5 sales so far. The most popular book is nearing the 100 sales in under 3 weeks mark as well.

      I think the problem is not that people create bad books but that they present them poorly.

      People will be dubious about buying your book so you need to do everything you can to reassure them.

      Go to Kindle store and you will see many of the self published books have ridiculously bad covers. These covers look rushed and gives the impression the book is rushed.

      Next the title. Many self publishers use ambiguous titles that could mean a whole range of different things and just doesn't catch the readers eye.

      I could go on and on but the reason a lot of users don't see success is they focus too much on writing the books! The content could be stellar but that doesn't matter one bit if nobody wants to buy it.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnland
    Wow you did very well as compared to many other people I know. But there are so many variables to play with that two persons can have entirely different results in the exact same niche!
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