Thursday, September 15, 2011

An indie author publishes her sales figures for August 2011


I can’t force everybody to jump on the ebook party bus, but I will say that if you’re looking for a business that can insulate you during life’s hard times, you might find it’s a very nice place to be.
- Dahlia, My ebook sales figures for August 2011
Dahlia writes:
Everybody’s got a song-and-dance they’re using to get to the top of the financial food chain. But the big question you should be asking yourself today is that if life were to toss you a bag a moldy lemons and you can’t make lemonade, could your online business still support you?

If you were (God forbid) to become terribly ill and could only spend a maximum of 90 minutes a day online, could you still put a roasted chicken (or some veggie tofu) on the dinner table without straining?

A lot of online businesses are dependent on steady and active participation. I’m thinking in particular about my freelance writing friends. They stop grinding and the revenue stops flowing. That’s a little scary for me, even with a savings to pad the fall.

That’s part of the reason why I really began to pursue ebooks as my primary revenue source. I needed to know that I had something to support me should I suddenly need surgery, or if there’s a death in the family, or even if I fall in love with some awesome muchacho. (Love? Yes… I make breathing room for everything!)
Dahlia reports that she made $4,210 dollars in August! And her sales are down a thousand dollars from July. Way to go, Dahlia! To read her entire article click here.

4 comments:

  1. I'd be happy with 4K passive income a month--maybe someday!

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  2. Me too! Thanks for the comment.

    Elle is launching her book, Clockwise, on Sept 26th. You can get an advance peek here:
    http://ellestraussbooks.blogspot.com/p/clockwise_02.html

    Best of luck, Elle!

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  3. Hi Karen... Thanks for mentioning my blog post here.

    And let me confirm that I had to put in many 16+ hour days to reach that goal. I had several failures under my belt earlier this year that really made me question my sanity with this whole ebook business!

    But I kept plugging away until I finally began to see the results I desired.

    I only publish non-fiction... primarily how to. I currently have 8 titles out that are under the $12 mark, and one $95 ebook. I target three different niches to diversify my income.

    By the end of this year I hope to have another 4 ebooks out, so I'll keep updating those stats every month on my blog.

    If you ever have any questions, ask away.

    Warmly,
    Dahlia

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  4. Dahlia, thanks for the comment! You are truly an inspiration, as much for your financial success as for your refusal to quit when times were tough. Best of luck. :-)

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