Monday, April 30

$100+ On Amazon Three Months Running

I really enjoy the idea of constant, recurring income. Just the thought that I might write songs now that will someday  help my wife go shopping at Kohls long after I'm gone makes me feel warm and fuzzy. Like a legacy without having to save for it. But it also feels like any good fortune you might have in this kind of income could easily be jinxed. That's why I have not taken the time to find out how I am currently making $100+ each month with Amazon as an author or associate, and I just hope my ignorance is bliss for months to come.

I'd been making about $30-$40 a month with Amazon for a long time, selling maybe ten or so books, and it was a decent side income without having to do anything (except initially write the books). I monitored the sales a bit for the first year or two, and it was my ACT-like Catcher in the Rye teaching guide that did the best. Then I got some poor reviews from people who apparently believed a teaching guide is supposed to include a copy of the book. Surprisingly, my family and friends who could have come to rescue me by bumping the stars up a little just ignored my pleas. That's fine, I figured, since $30 a month wasn't a big deal, anyhow.

Then I suddenly made $200 for two months in a row, and then another $150 or so, and I'm wondering if anything changed. Perhaps one of my other books got more popular, or people just blew off the low star-rating on my best seller. My wife wanted me to check on it, but I figure as soon as I check on anything, I'll ruin the momentum. Actually, it's gone down each month since the initial influx, so the momentum is probably lost. Maybe some teacher recommended it in a forum post that is getting fewer and fewer hits. Or it was a different book entirely. It doesn't really matter, since I'm not going to change anything.

I know I should be out there marketing my Amazon items, and I tried it for a while, but I felt like I was spending too much time posting to websites for almost no return. Maybe that work paid off in someone seeing something a few years later, but I think I've moved on from trying to add new articles until I add a new book or ten. It's nice to know the writing is always there for someone to purchase and Amazon to take its cut. Actually, I'm totally good with it if I start selling 10 times the number of books per month. In the old days, I would have had to have ordered a truckload of books to store in my garage and try to sell down at the beach. I'm sure more than one Jacksonville author has tried that method, but Amazon is probably best for me.

Oh, and advice for potential Amazon authors? Write several books and get them on there--you can't sell them if they are not on the site. Promote them, but not just with family and friends, since those people probably think you suck at writing, anyhow. Hope for the best. Don't be surprised if the book that sells the most isn't the one you thought would sell the most, and don't assume that adding something very similar will also sell nearly as much. There's probably some kind of algorithm out there that decides all this. Like the algorithm that got you to this article.

Contact Brian


Email *

Message *

Pennies From Heaven AKA Welfare for Writers

The reason why we have ads on this site is because that's one way writers make money online. Your presence on this site right now might make a penny for our family. Clicking on an ad might get us closer to $.50. Buying something online as a result of clicking on a link can make us a few dollars. We will not get rich from this money, but every penny helps out. Every like or share or re-post or follow. Please, make a donation to our family by clicking.

JAX Weather


Jacksonville jax money Florida crime housing activities vehicles economic development school home news transportation planning police Duval website design kids politics traffic research TV neighbor reviews sports taxes parks statistics East Arlington writing history environment St. Johns roads travel water employment fun men previous owner rankings Arlington weather women beach review business church jaguars pollution dating fashion football guns hurricane library race tourism fatalities health care zoning baseball music JEA Mayport restaurant summer animals games military unf Lyft St. Augustine education flooding pets spanish AC Halloween farms film french hockey noise ocean po radio Duval County Fletcher high school armada cats christmas controversy debate decision fall fort caroline style superhero 2021 AAA Roadside Assistance Advice Blowhard Cambridge AICE County Sheriffs Duval County Public Schools Easter FDOT FL Google Gyros Haretna Hilton Honors James jaeger Kernan Boulevard Lutheran Milano's Ocala Pressers SEO St. Johns County Starbucks T-shirts Tim Tebow VW acting ad of the week addiction again all balls arts asked avoid behavior belief best bi-polar boo celebration chances chump colleges column common comparison consequences councilmembers credit card cuisine difficult to use don't work doors driving games entertainment experience expression faith finding food frustration future gambling gaming gas station grass hack handles high school exchange homes housing market humor illegal traffic stops impact importance improve indians informed infrastructure insightful issue. killing language last chance light boat parade lights local dating scene lottery love made mascot meaning mental health merchandise mistakes mood swings no U-turn sign no brains notebooks opening opinion origins ownership party paying for hotels personal opinion pet ownership pitbull play players pooper popular pound sand program protect real estate reason reform religion request revenue rewards program rights road trip save school identity school pride school spirit service simple sketchy slang someone state struggle support system take down taste teachers thank you timucuan traffic laws traffic stop universities unpredictability usage vehicle pet peeves welcome workplace