Finally. All the math is laid out for us and we can plainly see for ourselves how it costs as much, if not more, for a big publisher to bring an ebook to kindle as it does to print the darn thing. This is practically a charitable exercise.
I originally said more but I deleted it. What I will point out is Not Low Maintenance's rank as of this afternoon
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
In the second category listed, this puts me ahead of James Patterson and David Baldacci. Temporarily I know. With all the disclaimers as to their millions and my tens of dollars. All their publicity. Me none. All the weight of the company behind them. My 2 dogs behind me.
What did it cost me to turn NLM into an ebook? Why can someone...oh let me use the derisive term...sitting in their pajamas at a 3.5 year old computer and a CRT monitor, turn out a book that sneaks by their big guns with a handmade cover?
And let me tell you I made that lipstick case from scratch and had to figure out how to get the lipstick smear, too. That was worth a lot more than 28 cents worth of my time. At least 30.
And I'm not the only indie writer in the top 20.