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Top Earnings of Genre Books

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Hugh Howey wrote a fantastic report about author earnings. He explains: “Sports stars, musicians, actors— their salaries are often discussed. This is less true for authors, and it creates unrealistic expectations for those who pursue writing as a career.  Now with every writer needing to choose between self-publishing and submitting to traditional publishers, the decision gets even more difficult. Online Book Retailers, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble don’t share their e-book sales figures.”
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How Bestsellers are “Made”
We wrote several times in our former blogs about book statistics by Nielsen, who are counting only books from bookstore chains, large independent bookstore, mass markets – but not from online retailers, such as Amazon. We also explained how New York Times Bestsellers are “made
“ResultSource, a San Diego-based marketing consultancy, specializes in getting books onto bestseller lists, according to The Wall Street Journal. For clients willing to pay enough, it will even guarantee a No. 1 spot. It does this by taking bulk sales and breaking them up into more organic-looking individual purchases, defeating safeguards that are supposed to make it impossible to “buy” bestseller status.” Read the whole Forbes article by Jeff Bercovici.
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The 7K Report
Hugh Howey has lots of statistics on his elaborate blog http://authorearnings.com/the-report/
He is friends with an author who has advanced coding skills and who had created a software program that can crawl online bestseller lists and work with fast amounts of data. All of this data is public—it’s online for anyone to see—but until now it has been extremely difficult to gather, aggregate, and organize it.

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Excerpts of Statistics and Findings on Hugh Howey’s Report:
“The bestseller lists used were Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction/Fantasy, and Romance. It turns out that 86% of the top 2,500 genre fiction bestsellers in the overall Amazon store are e-books. At the top of the charts, the dominance of e-books is even more extreme. 92% of the Top-100 best-selling books in these genres are e-books! Indie and small-publisher titles dominate the bestselling genres on Amazon. Indie authors are earning nearly half the total author revenue from genre fiction sales on Amazon.”
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“Self-publishing is not a gold rush. It isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. There are no short cuts, just a lot of effort and a lot of luck. Those who do well often work ludicrous hours in order to publish several books a year. They do this while working day jobs until they no longer need day jobs. This is also true of the writers earning hundreds or even thousands a month. However, authors are claiming to making more money now with self-publishing than they made in decades with traditional publishers, often with the same books. Read the whole report on author earnings at Hugh Howey’s blog.”

More Resources:

http://kdpcalculator.com/

http://www.theresaragan.com/2013/06/sales-ranking-chart.html

http://www.courtneymilan.com/ramblings/2013/08/19/know-what-your-rights-are-worth/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffbercovici/2013/02/22/heres-how-you-buy-your-way-onto-the-new-york-times-bestsellers-list/

http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,134236.0.html

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Betting On Love: A Bluegrass Romance

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Betting On Love: A Bluegrass Romance

by Jan Scarbrough
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Sarah Colby believes in fairy tales and wants to find her Prince Charming. Encouraged by her girlfriends and a matchmaking aunt, Sarah sets out to catch eligible bachelor Lane Williams, a guy with an aversion to settling down.

A Bluegrass restaurateur and chef, Lane can’t be bothered with romance. He’s spent his youth taking care of and providing for his younger siblings. Clearly, the sexy, young woman, who wants only marriage and commitment, is trouble for Lane and his new freedom.

As the two work together to pull off a Kentucky Derby party for charity, Lane finds himself susceptible to Sarah’s charms…and … How was he to know she was a virgin, especially when she seduced him?

Reviewers:
“A quick and pleasant romantic read.”
Delores, for Coffee Time Romance

“This Story Is a Winning Bet!”
Jan Hougland on Amazon

Print Length: 133 pages, $2.99

http://www.amazon.com/Betting-On-Love-ebook/dp/B00EXV18HQ

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/betting-on-love/id693245495?mt=11

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/books/betting-on-love-2/ELFcPZxdtUOtI9iefnW6AA
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About Jan Scarbrough:
Thanks to Jan husband’s hard work, Betting On Love went live on Amazon on Labor Day—which just happened to be her birthday this year. Jan Scarbrough is the author of the popular Bluegrass Reunion series, writing heartwarming contemporary romances about home and family, single moms and children, and if the plot allows, about another passion–horses. Living in the horse country of Kentucky makes it easy for Jan to add small town, Southern charm to her books, and the excitement of a horse race or a big-time, competitive horse show.

Jan: “A member of the Romance Writers of America, I have been active in my local Kentucky RWA (Romance Writers of America) chapter and am a member of Novelist, Inc . My best friends are fellow writers. Who else will check a point plot for me or understand GMC and POV?”

“I live in Louisville, Kentucky, along with three dogs, two cats and a supportive husband. To get my horse fix, I take riding lessons once a week at Premier Stables in Simpsonville. I’m a member of the American Saddlebred Horse Association.”
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Want to learn more about the Kentucky Derby’s and the setting of Betting on Love?

Kentucky Derby Festival

Thunder Over Louisville

Keeneland

Louisville

American Saddlebred horses

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How to Choose the Right Genre for Your Book

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Dandelions look all the same …

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It can make all the difference… how well your book sells. Readers have to FIND your book to buy it. When consulting clients and checking out their online sales pages, I often find out that they choose only one category, even so they could select two.  And sometimes they even did not bother to choose a category at all …
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Genres help to market to traditional publishers
Categorizing your book not only helps you to sharpen its position, but also to market it to publishers. Categorization enables you to send your inquiries to publishers and editors that specialize in your type of book and to mention the category in the first sentence of your query letter. As well as guiding you while writing, categorization also significantly improves your chances of acceptance by a publisher.
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Queries to publishers
Before sending out queries to publishers or agents, study carefully which genres they prefer. There is a large list of possible categories to put your book in: the categories that best match your books based on their content. Study carefully each book that is competitive to yours and see in which categories the bestsellers among them are listed. Narrow down your list as much as possible.

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Why are the proper categories so important, for example on Amazon?
Without the right categories you may never become a category bestseller and never gain the publicity needed for higher visibility, never be recognized by Amazon’s algorithms which gains you better rankings in the numerous other Amazon Top 100 lists, which in turn gains you higher visibility, higher rankings, which generates more…
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Millions of books are being published in the world today.
Categorization of books by topic and content has become an important tool for readers to enable them to choose what they like to read. Readers, booksellers, publishers, and authors alike benefit from category descriptions for books, it is important for authors to determine the best genre or category to identify their book before publishing.
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Comprehensive listing of genres can be found on the Internet:
A deep dive into sub-genres can be found at Paul Carlson’s blog post.  Another great list can be found at Wikipedia.
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List of fiction genres (but with extensive definitions):
www.manuslit.com/flash/index.html (under the “Info for Writers” section).
www.cuebon.com/ewriters/genres.html (click on definition and examples)
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Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror:
www.writing-world.com/romance/romgenres.shtml

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Sub-genres of Romance:
www.bubblecow.net/a-list-of-book-genres
http://dannyreviews.com/subjects.html
http://home.comcast.net/~dwtaylor1/

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According to Publishers Weekly, the most popular genres in e-book literature are:

  • Literary/Classic
  • Science Fiction
  • Romance
  • Mystery/Detective
  • General Fiction
  • Thriller
  • Young Adult

Yes, they are popular, but never choose the genres, always search in the sub-genres for a suitable category, in order to have less competition and to rise faster and get a better ranking on Amazon in these genres.
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Amazon takes you right to a fiction page and the top-selling e-books …
It could take readers forever to find what they are looking for – unless they click on a GENRE link, which is called “Departments” and can be found on the left hand site of the page. However, you have to go to “Books”, clicking on “Kindle” doesn’t show any genres on the first page.
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Study carefully each book that is competitive to yours and see in which categories the bestsellers among them are listed. Narrow down your list as much as possible. If your book is available both, in print and as an e-book on Amazon, you can choose four categories (two for print and two for digital) and see in which your book best fares.  Barnes&Noble does something similar, but their GENRE listings are more obvious and on the main page instead of just on a side menu.
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It can make all the difference …
On the other hand, publishers often lack to categorize their author’s books in the right sub-category.
I discovered this many times when evaluating our clients books, looking for the best category / sub-category. And it often takes a lot of time and convincing to have a publisher change the subcategory… Self-publishing authors don’t have this problem, they can change anything on their Amazon account in seconds. It can make all the difference, how well a book will sell. And how fast an author will get to the top of a certain category and becomes a bestseller in this category.
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Always search for a suitable sub-genre
The Kindle eBooks list is subdivided into numerous fiction and non-fiction lists – with an immense variety of genres and sub-genres and sometimes sub-sub-genres. Some categories, such as Literary Fiction, have no sub-genres, and you need a pretty high Sales Rank to get into the top 100 list – even when your book is free on KDP Select days. Try to avoid Literary Fiction until your book becomes a best seller.
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David Gaughran:
“Other categories, like Science Fiction, have several sub-genres. Something like Science
Fiction/Anthologies does not even have 100 books in its category, and you can place on this Bestseller List with any ranking at all (the 62nd book has a ranking of #891,386).”

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M. Louisa Locke:
“Careful uses of categories and key-words and tags can also increase your chance of getting on one of the best-seller lists and showing up on one of the “Customers who bought” lists, which in turn will help boost your sales.” Read her fantastic article here.

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Book Launch March 20: Kentucky Rain

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Jan Scarbrough did it again: she wrote a new romance in her Kentucky series, Kentucky Rain

Kate Lawrence is a recently divorced, single mom who is ill-prepared to make it on her own. She moves to her small Kentucky hometown to create a new life for her daughter and herself. Carrying emotional baggage with her, Kate is not sure she is ready for the man she finds living right next door.

A confirmed bachelor, Scott Gray thinks he’s gotten over Kate, but when he finds out who his new tenant is going to be, he’s surprised at the depth of his reaction. Carrying a torch for someone who hasn’t given him a thought in years is ridiculous. There’s no time like the present to move on. But does Scott really want to?
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Reviews for Kentucky Rain
“I am never disappointed by anything written by talented author Jan Scarbrough. Kentucky Rain, her latest ‘reunion’ story, is an emotionally satisfying read that has us rooting for Kate and Scott the whole way. We love them, hate Kate’s ex-husband, and enjoy her supporting cast. Highly recommended for everyone who loves a happily-ever-after ending.” Karen Block

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About Jan Scarbrough

A professional technical writer by day, Jan Scarbrough spends her nights writing romance. She is the author of several dozen books, a member of Novelist, Inc., the Romance Writers of America, and the Kentucky Romance Writers, where she manages their award-winning web site. Jan has written for Kensington and ImaJinn Books, and currently writes for Resplendence Publishing and the Turquoise Morning Press. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and rides American Saddlebred horses for fun and recreation.
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Jan Scarbrough Romance Author

Jan Scarbrough Romance Author

 

http://www.janscarbrough.com/
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Follow Jan on Twitter @romancerider

See Jan Scarbrough’s Amazon page
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Prices of her Bluegrass series have been reduced in preparation for the 3/20 release of her latest work:
KY Cowboy – $5.50 to $3.99
KY Woman – $5.50 to $2.99
KY Flame – $6.50 to $4.99
KY Bride – $4.00 to $2.99
KY Groom – $5.00 to $3.99
KY Heat – $2.99 to $2.99
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