Today, my Mom called me and asked me if I’d heard of this Amanda Hocking person (she actually got the name wrong, but I knew whom she meant) who is selling a million ebooks and making seventy percent on every sale.
I said, “Yes, I’ve heard of her, but how come that you have?”
Turns out that she heard it on the radio. Which is a surprise in itself, because though I love Radio Bremen, like all traditional media outlets they’re not exactly up to date with regards of what happens on the internet.
Amanda Hocking’s blog is here BTW. She talks sense and seems like a lovely person, too. I’ll really have to try one of her books, too, because she writes paranormals and given her story, her books would seem to be relevant to the PhD thesis.
My Mom: “This whole thing sounds really good, even if it’s ‘just’ e-books. And she’s sold a million books and she gets seventy percent. Do you think you could do something like that?”
Me: “Actually, I’ve been thinking about putting up some of my stuff in e-book form for a couple of weeks now and see how it goes. I just need to do some research first, because I want to make the e-books as good as possible.”
I’ve been following Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Business Rusch series and Joe Konrath’s blog with some interest in the past few months, so of course I’ve been having thoughts along those lines. In particular, I’ve been thinking about putting up bundled short stories and some of those “unsellable” novella length pieces. I have several of those, they’re good and just sitting around on my hard drive, because there is no market for them. I also have a couple of stories/novellettes that feature the same characters and would be ideal for bundling and selling.
I’ll still try to sell new short stories to the various magazines and I’ll shoot for a traditional publisher, when “the novel” is finished. But I don’t see why I shouldn’t try more than one channel.
Anyway, I want to do this right (and I have to talk to my accountant, too, how such business ventures are handled by German tax law), so it may take some time yet until I put something up for sale. But until then:
Watch this space!