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This blog might of some relevant to the self-publishing discussion.

http://selfpublishingsuccessstories.blogspot.com/



Amazon Kindle Publishing Royalties:

$2.99 and above:  70%
under $2.99:  35%

Barnes & Noble Pubit Royalties:

$2.99 and above: 65%
under $2.99:  40%

Which mean a $2.99 book will result in $2.04 for the author (after Amazon's 30% cut and a small bandwidth charge).  50,000 ebooks sold at $2.99 pricing will generate $102,000 royalties for the author.



The "200,000+ self-published ebooks sold" clubs:

Amanda Hocking - 1,500,000 ebooks sold (December 2011)
Barbara Freethy - 1.3 million self-published ebooks sold (Dec 2011)
John Locke- more than 1,100,000 eBooks sold in five months
Gemma Halliday - over 1 million self-published ebooks sold (March 2012)
Michael Prescott - more than 800,000 self-published ebooks sold (Dec 2011)
J.A. Konrath - more than 800,000 ebooks sold (April 2012)
Darcie Chan - 641,000 ebooks sold (May 2012)
Chris Culver - over 550,000 (Dec 2011)
Heather Killough-Walden - over 500,000 books sold (Dec 2011)
Selena Kitt - "With half a million ebooks sold in 2011 alone"
Stephen Leather - close to 500,000 books sold (Nov 2011)
CJ Lyons - almost 500,000 ebooks sold (Dec 2011)
J.R. Rain - more than 400,000 books sold (Sept 2011)
Bob Mayer - 347 sold in Jan to over 400,000 total sold by year's end (Dec 2011)
Bella Andre - more than 400,000 books sold (Feb 2012)
Tina Folsom - over 300,000 books sold (October 2011)
J Carson Black - more than 300,000 books sold (November 2011)
Terri Reid - 300,000 sold (May 2012)
B.V. Larson - over 250,000 books sold (Dec 2011)
Kerry Wilkinson - more than 250,000 books sold (Feb 2012)
T.R. Ragan - 239,592 books sold (March 2012)
H.P. Mallory - more than 200,000 ebooks sold (July 2011)
Marie Force - more than 200,000 sold in the last year (March 2012)
Scott Nicholson - Just guessing, I'd put my worldwide sales total between 200k-250k



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You missed off R J Mathias! I assume around a trillion gazillion bilion?
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Why is there no "reputation" widget on this forum. I sniggered out loud at that one!
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Why is there no "reputation" widget on this forum. I sniggered out loud at that one!

There used to be, but it got abused. I agree though, that was genius.
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Shouldn't Michaeal J. Sullivan and Hugh Howey be on this list?
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Shouldn't Michaeal J. Sullivan and Hugh Howey be on this list?

The tittle says 50,000 but the body of the post says 200,000+.  I belong in the first but not the second.  I'm pretty sure Hugh fits both criteria. Last number I heard from him was 140,000 but I'm sure he has sold another 60,000 since then.

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There used to be, but it got abused. I agree though, that was genius.

10,000 words of my bloody story, you've read. And you only get this joke? Bah!

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There used to be, but it got abused. I agree though, that was genius.

10,000 words of my bloody story, you've read. And you only get this joke? Bah!



You clearly misunderestimate me sir. And for that, to the cave for cheeky comments! (not really, I promise).
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Re: Authors who have sold more than 50,000 self-published ebooks to date
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2012, 06:52:34 AM »
Shouldn't Michaeal J. Sullivan and Hugh Howey be on this list?

Yes. 

http://selfpublishingsuccessstories.blogspot.com/

has over 150 authors now....It's probably missing many authors who sold more than 50,000.


The 200,000+ is just a highlight of the top sellers. 




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Re: Authors who have sold more than 50,000 self-published ebooks to date
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2012, 10:28:13 AM »
It was 24 authors at 200,000+ sold when I started this thread.

It's now 33 authors.

Barbara Freethy - over 2 million ebooks sold (April 2012)
Amanda Hocking - 1,500,000 ebooks sold (December 2011)
John Locke- more than 1,100,000 eBooks sold in five months
Gemma Halliday - over 1 million self-published ebooks sold (March 2012)
Michael Prescott - more than 800,000 self-published ebooks sold (Dec 2011)
J.A. Konrath - more than 800,000 ebooks sold (April 2012)
Bella Andre - more than 700,000 books sold (May 2012)
Darcie Chan - 641,000 ebooks sold (May 2012)
Chris Culver - over 550,000 (Dec 2011)
Heather Killough-Walden - over 500,000 books sold (Dec 2011)
Selena Kitt - "With half a million ebooks sold in 2011 alone"
Stephen Leather - close to 500,000 books sold (Nov 2011)
CJ Lyons - almost 500,000 ebooks sold (Dec 2011)
J.R. Rain - more than 400,000 books sold (Sept 2011)
Bob Mayer - 347 sold in Jan to over 400,000 total sold by year's end (Dec 2011)
Rick Murcer - over 400,000 ebooks in one year (May 2012)
Tracey Garvis-Graves - 280,480 sold in the two months of April and May 2012
Tina Folsom - over 300,000 books sold (October 2011)
J Carson Black - more than 300,000 books sold (November 2011)
Terri Reid - 300,000 sold (May 2012)
Marie Force - 300,000+ sold (June 2012)
Liliana Hart - "my total sales for one year have now exceed 300,000 books (June 2012)
T.R. Ragan - 293,202 books sold (May 2012)
B.V. Larson - over 250,000 books sold (Dec 2011)
Kerry Wilkinson - more than 250,000 books sold (Feb 2012)
M. R. Mathias - "I'm up to nearly 250k (in just two years) (June 2012)
H.P. Mallory - more than 200,000 ebooks sold (July 2011)
Scott Nicholson - Just guessing, I'd put my worldwide sales total between 200k-250k
David Dalglish - more than 200,000 (May 2012)
Antoinette Stockenberg - total sales stand at 216,686 (June 2012) - private email
Cheryl Bolen - 200,000 sold (June 2012)
Jennifer Ashley/Ashley Gardner - 200,000 sold mark in early June 2012 - private email
Nick Spalding - "I'm lucky enough to be in the 200,000 + total sales club now (June 2012)"


If the average price is $2.99, selling 200,000 would mean around $400,000 in royalties.