Linked: JA Konrath on the Time Investment and Self Publishing

Indie author J. A. Konrath has been on a roll recently:

I just checked my last royalty statement. Rusty Nail, that book I worked so hard to promote, has thusfar earned me $42,000. This includes all of my hardcovers, paperbacks, ebooks, and foreign editions, combined.

With self-publishing, in a single month, I was able to earn the same amount of money it took me four and a half years to earn through traditional publishing.

And that’s only 20% of readers currently reading ebooks.

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  • Chris Poirier

    It’s probably best not to discount the long tail to that traditional publishing effort the previous time, in that he already has an audience. Even a brilliant first time author is unlikely to reap such significant rewards from self-publishing.

  • Eli James

    I agree. Will do a post on this in a bit – but it does seem that the outliers like Konrath are beginning to form the head of a large power law of the web. There are more joining him at that head, for sure.

  • Bill

    I’m with Chris. How much of that success is owed to this traditional publishing efforts. When some folks pointed this out Konrath seemed a little dismissive of that fact. But…a fact it is.

    It doesn’t diminish what he’s done with eReading but we can’t discount the very real effects of traditional publishing just cause it’s a (deeply) flawed system.

  • Eli James

    Have you heard of Amanda Hocking, by any chance? Self-published, new writer, early twenties, started reading Konrath’s blog and decided to try out digital publishing for herself. Now she’s selling so many ebooks per day some publishers I know are wondering when the NYTimes are going to include her in its bestseller list (naturally – and unfairly, some say – they don’t. Because her books are so cheap).

    Also: this guest post by Robin Sullivan.