Mark Terry

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Blocks, Borings and Snow Boulders

June 22, 2011
I'm guesting over at B. Nagel's blog on facing the blank page.



Anonymous Jim said...

I suppose you have probably run across this already... but just in case you haven't -- John Lock just became the 8th author to sell a total of a million e-books books for Kindle on Amazon. He is the first self-published author to hit that number.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

I'm actually reading his latest NF release, something like "How I Sold 1,000,000 Books In 5 Days" or whatever the hell the title is. When I got your post here I was reading his breakdown of his numbers, which are fairly interesting.

Basically, he sells about 100,000 copies, more or less, of each book. Which is great, but he comes right out and notes that he'd rather have 100,000 hardcore dedicated readers instead of 1,000,000 hit-and-miss. I won't argue with him, but the headlines make his success sound different than it actually is (I'd be glad to emulate it, however).

It's interesting, too. Think about that. All his books are priced at 99 cents, which basically gives him a 35 cent per copy royalty, so each books is making approximately $35,000. Which is nothing to sneeze at, but again, the headlines are misleading.

I can't comment much about the NF book yet, except to say I wish he'd stop trying to sell me on how great his method is and actually tell me what it is. I gather in print it's about 65 pages. I'm reading it on my Kindle and I'm halfway through and he's only now getting to details. Seems like a lot of sizzle. Hope there's some steak.

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Jim said...

Out of curiosity I bought one of his 99 cent spy books for my kindle. I have not had time to get to it yet (too many books lined up that I want to read) but my wife gave it a try -- she said she wouldn't call it "good" but she thought it was "readable" (which she had not expected it to be).

5:17 PM  

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