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[Kindle] My Journey to 1 Million Words!

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by SparkDot, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. SparkDot

    SparkDot Newbie

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    Been a visitor of BHW since a long time. Unfortunately I hadn't visited this site in quite a while and forgot both the email and password I used to register so had to make a new account and SparkDot was born ;)

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    Anyway, I've decided to venture into Kindle books. I've tried out other methods and even made some money (nothing too spectacular). The most I've made from IM in one year, so far, has been $10K. I was doing ClickBank product reviews. This was in the good old days of BuildMyRank etc. Unfortunately, one of Google's updates screwed my operation and I just couldn't gather the motivation to start again.

    I can't do anything with paid traffic (broke as hell and can't get a credit card ) and I don't want to get into SEO. So the only viable option that is left for me is Kindle.

    I'll be mainly focusing on producing fiction. I'm not averse to non-fiction but the amounts I've heard even mediocre authors making in fiction (especially in erotica and romance) is mind-boggling.

    My goal for this journey is to write a million words by Feb 1, 2015. I don't want to focus on a set dollar amount because I always get discouraged if I'm not making $$$ quickly and quit. I just want to focus on the output - 1 million words.

    I'll be starting-out in the erotica genre and will focus on churning out erotic shorts and bundles. Judging from the Top 100 Erotica list on Amazon, bundles (collection of 5-10 erotic stories) seem to be in vogue these days.

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    PS: My apologies in advance if this thread is slow to start. I have some obligations to fulfill in February and March but I'll do my best to dedicate a few hours to this every day regardless.
     
  2. SparkDot

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    I know I never updated this thread but whatever. I'm back and I'll give some updates now...

    In short, I've been really discouraged as of late. It seems like making money online has become orders of magnitude more difficult than what it used to be just 4 years ago when I was doing Clickbank.

    That $10K i earned in one year from CB sounds low (and it is) but I barely worked 1 hour every day for that.

    Back in those days, I kept hearing stories about people like John Locke making it big in fiction even though he was a shit writer (still is) or many IMers releasing barely legible cookbooks and raking in the $$$. Wish I would have listened to the market news and gone into Kindle back then. Sigh.

    Anyway, the last month or so has been a total failure for me.

    Kindle-wise, I released my first erotica book on there. About 6k words or so. A short story. It didn't sell at all, in any country, the first few days after going live. So I decided to enroll it into KDP and use 1 free promo day.

    The results were pretty disappointing:

    :: US - 98
    :: UK - 31
    :: DE - 14
    :: JP - 1
    :: CA - 8
    :: BR - 1

    What a disaster. Just 153 free copies 'sold'.

    After the promo ended, I've only seen 2 sales so far. That too in the UK. And that's at the lowest price you can sell (so, 35% commissions - woopie I earned like 50 cents).

    Amazon.com has 0 sales. My book doesn't even have a rank there! LOL!

    On other fronts, I started a Fiverr account because I needed some quick cash - a couple hundred US would have made a ton of difference right now - but no luck there too. I've got 2 article writing gigs there (that's the only thing I'm good at, sadly) and so far there's been no takers.

    Oh well, onwards and upwards.

    The next step is to write a 3-book erotica series. I'll try to target a specific kink this time unlike the general vanilla tone of the first. Regarding Fiverr, I've got to upload a video to both the article writing gigs I have on there and get some more gigs on there that aren't related to churning out useless SEO articles.

    Oh, and fiction writing is hard as hell. That first book (only 6k words or so) took me an ungodly amount of time to write. I averaged just 400 words an hour.
     
  3. srtkd

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    Maybe you can join a review exchanging group to kickstart your sales. Good luck with your journey!
     
  4. vivianhey

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    Making money with erotica and romance ebooks isn't hard if you know what you're doing.

    First, you're not going to make any money with one 6,000 word short in your catalog. You need at least 30 stories before the real cash rolls in. The only writers who write 3k - 6k and earn a lot are the ones who wrote about dinosaurs when that was a thing. Also, you can't just churn out 30 erotic shorts, they have to be in a profitable niche. The niches that make the most money are taboo but won't get you banned. Check out Amazon's top 100 erotica authors, see what topics they're writing about. Better yet, buy their books and copy their formula exactly. Keep writing, until you have about 100 stories or so. Then sit back and watch the money roll in.

    Or you can make things a little easier on yourself and write erotic romance. The word count is higher and readers demand "better" quality but writers like H.M. Ward are making millions.
     
  5. ForgottenProdigy

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    Erotica is a pretty saturated and competitive niche, and don't be discourage with 150 sales for your first book, that's a good number. What you want to do is bundle the free promo days together and hope someone leaves a good review (if your book was indeed good quality). The thing is that women aren't just looking for book variant of porn, they also want an interesting and gripping story with it as well.