The "Doing It on Their Own: Self-publishing Authors Find Success" panel at the Digital Book World conference January 25 was one of the most enthusiastic session of the show. It featured Bella Andre and Elle Lothlorien, both successful self-published authors, as well as Bob Mayer of Who Dares Wins Publishing and Tony Van Veen, CEO of BookBaby.Andre and Lothlorien led off by sharing their success stories. Andre has sold 400,000 copies of her books in the last year and has made over $1 million. Her books have been translated or are in the process of being translated in nine languages. Lothlorien, author of The Frog Prince, which she published herself on Amazon after having a bad experience with traditional publishing, saw her title peak at #859 in the Kindle Store. She started the book at a $2.99 prince point, but as she raised the price, she saw her sales increase.
So keep churning out that those 'Choose you own Adventures' you're so sure will come back into vogue. And don't toss that 'Party of Five' fan fiction into the fire just yet, there may be hope.