Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Self-Publishing Success Stories: Karen McQuestion

Excerpt from "Guest Karen McQuestion on Keeping the Faith" (September 21, 2010)

When I first self-published on Amazon’s Kindle, I had modest expectations. At most, I’d hoped to gain a few readers and make a little money. As it turned out, I got so much more than that. Just over a year later, I’ve sold over 75,000 e-books, signed contracts for five books, and have a film option on one of my novels.

Highly recommended read:  http://thediviningwand.com/2010/09/guest-karen-mcquestion-on-keeping-the-faith/

She's also an Amazon Encore author.  So this might be helpful for authors out there who got an offer from Amazon.  Excerpt from Kirkus Reviews's Indie Wonder Karen McQuestion's Encore

Have you seen a bump in sales since having your books published by AmazonEncore?
Huge. Huge, huge, huge, huge.
. . . . .
And of course Amazon’s market reach is endless and they’re so smart about what they do. So when A Scattered Life came out, for a while, for a week or two, it was at number five on Kindle. There were the three Stieg Larsson books and the Oprah book—Jonathan Franzen’s book—and then there was A Scattered Life. I mean, I’m nobody from nowhere and it’s a quiet novel that doesn’t have a great marketing hook. And so I absolutely believe that without [Encore’s] help it wouldn’t have done as well.

Highlighting some of the author's books:

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, impressive, 75,000 in little over a year! My first one, Loving a Texan from New Orleans, has made some strides ... first month's release (Feb 2013), over 500 copies with the title. Getting there. March is shaping up to be a good month already. Reading your posts to keep me motivated as I churn out next novel. Thank you wholeheartedly for the inspiration.

    Cassandra Black, Author
    Loving a Texan from New Orleans