Over 150 authors sold 100,000+ KDP books in 2013

by Alexa Smith Banned
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Source: Over 150 KDP Authors Each Sold More than 100,000 Thousand Books in 2013 | The Passive Voice | Writers, Writing, Self-Publishing, Disruptive Innovation and the Universe (a good blog, if you don't know it - the "comments" often make interesting reading, too.)

More than 200,000 exclusive books were added to the Kindle store in 2013, and KDP authors sold hundreds of thousands of books during November 2013 through the new Kindle Countdown deals.

Personally, I get a little tired of all the talk one finds everywhere about Konrath and Locke: my feeling is that the true talking-point should be not the small handful of "star players" but all the midlist authors who couldn't make a living through traditional publishing but can through Kindle. This 150+ number tells us that success isn't limited to small number of authors: there'll be far larger numbers in the 50,000 - 100,000 sales bracket, as well.

(And don't forget that many/most of these authors make additional sales from other outlets, too).

And a Happy New Year to all ...
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    This is really fantastic.

    Happy New Year!






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    • Profile picture of the author AprilCT
      Thanks Alexa and a very Happy New Year to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Gates
    lots of money out there for kindle authors. gotta get the books out there and start cross promoting.

    2014 here we come!
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  • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
    I would guess that this figure is low, just from the authors I know of, if you take it as multiple books by an author VS a single specific book by an author... Which is a happy thing LOLOL
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by TinkBD View Post

      I would guess that this figure is low, just from the authors I know of, if you take it as multiple books by an author VS a single specific book by an author... Which is a happy thing LOLOL
      I know that every time I have another book published, in the same general category...it helps the sales of all other books, and the sales of the new book are helped by the sales of all the other books.

      The more titles, the better.
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      • Profile picture of the author clever7
        Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

        I know that every time I have another book published, in the same general category...it helps the sales of all other books, and the sales of the new book are helped by the sales of all the other books.

        The more titles, the better.
        A friend on kboards showed us her work and her eaernings. She is making a lot of money because she keeps writing new Kindle books all the time. Novels, novellas, mysteries, etc.

        As a coincidence, I found an interesting video about a woman who was making a lot of money by selling Kindle nonfiction books. She was giving an interview and saying that she writes one book per week.

        She looks for her best blog posts and then she creates a book based on the best titles. Many times her books have a percentage of content already published at her blog mixed with another percentage of new content.

        I don't remember her name or how much she was making, but this author and the friend from kboards clearly showed us that success on Kindle is based on productivity, and of course, the quality of the books must be very good.

        I'm taking advantage of the holidays, especially now, after Christmas, and writing my new Kindle book with inspiration.

        I wish you all an excellent New Year and I hope I can also transmit my inspiration.



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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Solid share Alexa.

    With research firms such as Forrester Research and their ilk projecting double digit growth for digital publishing, with the dearth and growth of mobile devices, and many other factors that I couldn't possible list here, it is my humble opinion that this is still the beginning.

    The Kindle platform is going to continue to grow and, as always, the cream will rise to the top. I have not been this excited about an opportunity in as many years. The handful of Kindle authors that I keep in contact with are all doing extremely well, making 4k per month on the low end and over 70k per month on the high end.

    What blew me away is that both of them don't do a whole lot of marketing, but they do know how to write for their target audience / genre, they build a following on FB, Twitter, etc. and they are great story tellers. And above all else, they write, write, and write, consistently and with high quality.

    Ok, enough of that...back to writing for this kid.

    RoD
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  • Profile picture of the author andrewm
    Alexa,

    Thanks for sharing. Good post as usual. Happy New Year Alexa. And to All.

    Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    I am not one of the 150, of that I can assure you. Still, I did great last year. Close to 10,000 with one book, but not so good on my other ones. Oh yes, selling is getting harder now. There are literally (pun) thousands of books selling for 99 cents in almost every single niche even. Glad that kindle is max pop. Still, I predict that we will see a clamp down from amazon. Most new books do not sell even one copy per year. Like there is a lot of valuable hard drive space you are using up.
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  • Profile picture of the author smokemare
    I'm not one of those, I had my record month in December though. I did just, just shy of £2000 across the territories. So I'm happy for now - still need to finish book 3 of my fantasy arc.

    Martyn
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