Want to make some money? Have stuff laying around or talent in arts and crafts? You can sell on eBay. eBay is a virtual garage sale and auction house that earned $18 billion last year. Maybe you should get some of that money.
Selling is easy. Listing is inexpensive. Help is available on the Internet and from eBay.
Why not try?
i made some money from eBooks last year and you can too. Not bunches of money, but my eBooks are cheap and I don’t publish much.
The two 1099 tax reports below are from Smashwords – Amazon and Google are yet to arrive. Smashwords distributes to Apple, Barnes and Noble, and others.
There are two reports, one for non-fiction, one for fiction where I use a pen name.
Amazon and Google have the same eBooks for comparison and I will report those sales when possible.
If I can do this, you can do this and make MONEY!
What you need: instructions, a story, access to a computer. Cost – Zero.
Key findings in this year’s survey:
The ebook sales power curve is extremely steep – This isn’t a surprise, but for the first time we share some numbers along the curve (see the slides in the Series section). A few titles sell fabulously well and most sell poorly. An incremental increase is sales rank is usually matched by an exponential increase is sales. Despite the steep sales curve, a lot of Smashwords authors are earning good income from their books. Your opportunity as a Smashwords author or publisher is to do those things that give you an incremental advantage so you can climb in sales rank.
Readers prefer longer ebooks – We observed this in the prior surveys. Longer books sell better, and when you view the data through the prism of the power curve, it becomes clear why longer books give authors such a huge sales advantage.
Pricing – The highest earning indie authors are utilizing lower average prices than the authors who earn less, but this doesn’t mean that ultra-low prices such as $.99 are the path to riches. $2.99 and $3.99 are the sweet spots for most of the bestsellers.
FREE still works great, but it’s losing some mojo – Free remains one of the most powerful book marketing tools because it makes it easier for readers to take a risk on an author brand that is unknown or untrusted. Free ebooks, according to our data derived from iBooks downloads, generated 39 times more downloads on average during our survey period than books at any price. Yet the effectiveness of free is down dramatically compared to our 2013 (91X) and 2012 (100X) survey results. While there is still much untapped greenfield opportunity for indies to leverage free, I expect the effectiveness of free will continue to decline as more authors learn to take advantage of it. If you’ve never utilized free, now’s the time to do so before your window of maximum opportunity closes further.
Preorders yield sales advantage – When we launched preorders in 2013, we knew anecdotally from our early alpha tests that preorders gave authors a sales advantage. The 2014 Survey is the first time we’re able to share aggregated results, and the results are strongly suggestive that ebooks borne as preorders sell more copies and earn the author more money than books that don’t utilized preorders. I think preorders today are where free was five years ago. The first authors to effectively utilize preorders will gain the most advantage, just as the first authors to enter new distribution channels gain the most advantage. Five years from now once all indies recognize that preorders are a no-brainer essential best practice, the effectiveness of preorders will decline. Also revealed in the data is the fact that most Smashwords authors (and therefore, most indies) ARE NOT utilizing preorders yet despite our aggressive promotion of this exciting new tool. The authors who heeded our advice, however, are reaping the rewards.
Series yield sales advantage – For the first time, we examine the performance of series books. This new analysis is enabled by the fact that in September we launched Smashwords Series Manager which allows us to capture enhanced metadata on series. The results are interesting! Series books outsell standalone books. We also look at the characteristics of series. I’ll want to do more with series in our 2015 survey.
Best-performing series have longer books – Not a surprise, but the implications are significant. If you imagine the power curve overlaid on the series data we share, you see why authors who write full-length books in their series have an advantage over authors who break books into smaller chunks. Also interesting, we found series books under 50,000 words are especially disadvantaged. This is not to say that you can’t become a bestseller writing shorter novellas. Multiple Smashwords authors have had success here. But what the data does tell me is that successful novella writers might achieve even greater success if they write full-length. The data appears to suggest that series books under 50,000 words might create friction that makes readers incrementally less willing to buy.
FREE series starters pack a punch – This is a big deal. I suspected this for a long time based on numerous authors’ results going back to Brian S. Pratt who was one of the first Smashwords authors to prove the effectiveness of free series starters, but the aggregated numbers now confirm it. We found strong evidence that series that have free series starters earn more money for authors than series that do not have free series starters. For the many Smashwords authors who are reluctant to experiment with free for fear it’ll devalue your books, now you’ve got the kick in the butt you need to give it a try. All Smashwords retailers support free without restriction.
To many, Memorial Day is a day off work or school, a time for family parties, grilling, and fun. For some, it marks the start of summer vacation season, Let us remember why we really celebrate this holiday.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil war to commemorate fallen Union and Confederate soldiers. By the 20th century, Memorial Day was extended to include all soldiers that died while in military service.
Memorial Day is sometimes confused with Veterans Day – November 11. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, Memorial Day honors the fallen. My family has a history of military service: father, uncle, great uncle were WW II vets, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great uncles were WW I vets, cousins in Vietnam, Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Of those, one was lost – great uncle Robert in WW I. I will toast him today.
The United States lost many soldiers during wartime. Below is a list of the fallen in each major conflict. This does not include the unaccounted or small scale actions. Their sacrifice is no less significant than the major wars, but statistics are harder to list.
Major U.S. War U.S. Deaths
Iraq War 4,800
Gulf War 258
Vietnam War 58,209
Korean War 36,516
World War II 405,399
World War I 116,516
Civil War 625,000
American Revolutionary War 25,000
While you are happy for a day off and enjoying your burgers and beer, remember why you are celebrating. One million two hundred and seventy three thousand, nine hundred and twenty-seven won’t make the party