Joe Konrath earns more from self published ebooks than from his Big 6 publisher

He just posted some interesting numbers over on his blog:

Since 2004, Whiskey Sour has sold about 60,000 copies in print and ebooks. That's earned me about $54,000 not including foreign sales. (Not bad considering I got a $33k advance for it.)

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Compare those numbers to The List.

In six years, I'll have sold 108,396 copies. Almost double what Whiskey Sour has sold. And I'll have earned over $200k--almost four times what I earned with Whiskey Sour.

I'd hope that this has the Big 6 worried. He's a solid mid list author who can prove that he's better off without them. They'd better come up with a pretty damn good reason why other mid list authors actually need a publisher. Otherwise, they're screwed.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

4 Comments

  1. Jane6 October, 2010

    The problem is that his self published numbers are in the aggregate so you aren’t comparing apples to apples you are comparing a bushel of apple sales to one singular apple.

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    1. Nate the great6 October, 2010

      I don’t see what you mean. He compares the sales of 1 title to the sales of another.

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  2. Jane6 October, 2010

    Ah – I thought that his six years has to do with a number of different books rather than just one book. Sorry!

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  3. Shel7 October, 2010

    Well, I know of at least one mid list author who isn’t buying it. She posted the link to the same post you used on her Facebook – and basically saying, “That’s nice, but we NEED publishers!” However, as a reader, looking in from the outside, if you will, I have to agree with Joe. Seems to me publishers screw authors any which way they can get by with, and authors beg for more. It makes no sense to me.

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