“over 2,500 authors who are currently earning at a living-wage run rate — $50,000/year or more — from just their Amazon sales.”
"More than 1,080 indie authors, most of them brand new debuts from the last five years, are currently earning at a $50K/year or higher run rate from just their Amazon sales.Note: “[The] $50,000/year “tax bracket”, which tallies up authors earning what would be a living wage in most parts of the US.”
Data GuyJuly 17, 2016 at 4:17 pmHi, Jeff,Total US print SF&F books (hardcover & paperback) sold each year, according to the most reliable source of industry data on print sales, add up to roughly 47 million units:– 34 million of that is categorized as Children’s Science Fiction/Fantasy/Magic;– 13 million of it is categorized as Adult Science Fiction or Adult Fantasy.Add the 15% or so non-Bookscan sales, and you get to 54 million SF&F print sales, mostly children’s titles.When it comes to ebooks, trad SF&F sales on Amazon.com are running at around 23M units for Kindle. Add in iBooks, Kobo, Nook, etc. and we’re talking about 33M or so total SF&F ebooks for trad.So that’s 87M US trad SF&F sales annually for adult+children’s print+ebook combined.OTOH, indie SF&F ebook sales on Amazon.com are at 32M units for Kindle, which, when you add in iBooks, Kobo, Nook, etc. will total out somewhere between 38M and 40M. Almost all of that is adult SF&F, not children’s (although Teen/YA makes the distinction murky).Which means that more than half of all SF&F ebooks sold in the US — and nearly a third of all SF&F books of any format sold in the US, including children’s books — are indie.Here are the sales breakdowns by publisher type for Amazon.com Kindle Science Fiction & Fantasy (which makes up roughly three quarters of the SF&F ebooks sold in the US):Daily Unit Sales:— 47% Indie (Self-Published)— 14% Small/Medium Publisher— 10% Amazon Imprint (Thomas & Mercer, mostly)— 20% Big Five— 9% UncategorizedDaily Author $ Earnings:— 54% Indie (Self-Published)— 13% Small/Medium Publisher— 8% Amazon Imprint— 18% Big Five— 7% UncategorizedDaily Gross Consumer $ Sales:— 29% Indie (Self-Published)— 18% Small/Medium Publisher— 8% Amazon Imprint— 34% Big Five— 11% UncategorizedWhat’s really remarkable here is that if even half of the “Uncategorized” are actually indies (and we believe most of them are), then that means US readers are already spending more of their bookbuying dollars on indie SF&F ebooks than on those published by the Big Five.Best,DG
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