Derek Canyon recently posted some general financial analysis on his 'Adventures in e-Publishing' blog. In the ongoing debate on self-publishing, any information and tips on profitability are useful, so have a look:
I based this data on the list created over on Self-Publishing Success Stories, a blog which frequently has interesting and enlightening posts. You should check them out. I also researched the authors' Kindle books on Amazon to come up with the following data points:
- Number of ebooks sold (as claimed by the author)
- Number of etitles available (as listed on the author's Kindle page)
- Average sales per title (calculated)
- Primary genre (as estimated by me)
I then put all this data into a nifty Excel spreadsheet and generated some charts and graphs.
In case you didn't notice, the table above shows that some of these authors have an average of as low as 1100 sales per ebook. It's just that they ahve [sic] so many titles that it all adds up.
It's pretty interesting. Check out the full analysis with pretty pictures here: http://derekjcanyon.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/keys-to-epublishing-success-2012.html