If you’re new to my year-end articles, be sure to check out the previous years (especially last year’s as it’s a compilation of all that I’ve spent and earned since I started self-publishing back in 2011).
Another year has come and gone and I'm going to list for you all my expenses for my self-publishing career, going through my year's business plan, share all my sales and then give a thorough breakdown not only of this year, but review the trends from my last three years of data.
I'm going way deep into the weeds on this one. Why? I've been an indie author now for six years and I want to share what I've learned with other authors—especially new authors who are just starting out.
Well, it's time for my "what I learned as an indie writer in self-publishing" for 2015. At the beginning of this year, my goals were:
- Write and publish two books.
- Have my three Cinderella's Secret Witch Diaries Series books turned into audiobooks for Audible.
- Build my email list up with my readers.
Did I meet my goals? Did I make money or lose it? Where did I net out at the end of the year? Read more to find out!
For you fellow writers out there and those of you who are thinking about getting into the self-publishing industry, here are my sales numbers for 2014. I have been working at writing and publishing books since 2011 and I wanted to once again be transparent and share with you how I did in 2014. And, if you're interested, here are my sales from 2012 and 2013.
Today please welcome guest blogger Susan
Lohrer. Susan is a
contemporary romance author and in today's blog post she tackles the
interesting (and sometimes controversial) subject of traditional versus
self-publishing paths for fiction authors. Her latest novel is a romantic comedy entitled Over the Edge. Be sure to check it out and leave comments for Susan after the article below. Thanks!
With that all said, here is her article:
I know that there are many fellow indie writers out there who are in a similar situation that I once was back in 2010 so I wanted to share my publishing journey along with sales figures (August 2011 - May 2013). Yes, you have heard of Amanda Hocking's story and of John Locke's, but what about the other thousands of indie writers out there who decided to write books and put them up on Amazon? After several years of work, I have data to share with you.
Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here
I will be up front and as transparent as I possibly can. The self-publishing industry is volatile, difficult to predict and more time consuming than I ever anticipated. But, fear not, it's not without hope. What is truly important is to have realistic expectations. If you're looking to make it rich fast, then, yes, abandon hope. If you understand that you'll be putting in years of work and that you'll need to build your platform and brand over several years writing at least three books, then you're in the realm of reality.