How You Can Earn More Royalties By Publishing Your Book on the iPad/iPhone

You already know that eBook publishing is the wave of the future. You have already set your book up on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s NOOK. You may have even gone the extra effort to publish to a few other eReaders along the way. You’ve seen a bit of success but maybe not enough to write home about. You’ve been following the advice of various book marketing gurus, but you still aren’t seeing the results you were hoping for. You’re not aiming to be the next Amanda Hocking, but you do want to at least earn enough to nicely supplement your income.

If you’ve stuck with publishing to eReaders, you may not be tapping your full potential. There’s actually an audience of eBook readers who don’t actually own an eReader – Apple iPad/iPhone owners. While there have been nearly 15 million iPads  (as of January 2011, according to Tablet PC Review) and 70 million iPhones (as of September 2010, according to OSX Daily) sold, this is a pretty exclusive group and a group that every self-publishing author should be “in the face” of.

So, why do you care about this market? I’ll tell you why…

  1. There are a lot of people in this “niche market”.
  2. Reading a book on an iPad/iPhone is much cooler than reading on any other device.
  3. Publishing on the iPad/iPhone is affordable. You can turn to sites like Smashwords to get your book out there at no cost to you. Or, if you’d prefer a more “hands off” approach, you can pay a professional to do it. Outskirts Press offers iPad/iPhone publishing at a very reasonable price.
Have you taken advantage of the opportunity to get your eBook in the hands of this exclusive market? What results have you seen?
Elise works as the Manager of Author Support of Outskirts Press.  She also contributes to the Outskirts Press blog at Elise and a group of talented book marketing experts assist not only published Outskirts Press authors, but also all authors and professionals who are interested in getting the best possible exposure for their book.

Amanda Hocking’s Road to Success with Indie Publishing

Today’s post is by book marketing industry expert, Kelly Schuknecht.

Amanda Hocking has become an indie and digital publishing super star.  The author of 17 books, she began self-publishing them as e-books in April 2010, and what a year it has been!  She has earned over a million dollars in royalties and landed a traditional publishing contract for her next series.

How did she do it?  Amanda writes young adult paranormal romance, and prices her books with a marketing strategy in mind.  She published the first book in each series with a price of just $.99 to encourage sales.  Once readers were hooked, the price of her second book in the series was just $2.99.  She would set the price of the final book in the series at about $8.99.  When readers would purchase all of the books in the series, Amanda would make “a pretty decent profit.”

Hear about Amanda’s road to success in her own words in this Associated Press video:


DISCUSSION: How do you use marketing strategy when you set your pricing?

Kelly Schuknecht works as the Director of Author Support for Outskirts Press.  In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at