The Real Start of the $1,000 eBook Challenge

So today officially starts the $1,000 eBook Challenge.

What is the $1,000 eBook Challenge? With a $1,000 budget, I’m going to see how much money can I make publishing eBooks in 6 months. I will be keeping track of my journey for you to learn what to do (or not do).

I finally received the first completed copy of my first story. I spent yesterday editing with Grammarly, designing a cover for the story using GIMP, updating the author’s website, and writing the description copy. The book has been uploaded to Kindle Direct Publishing, and as much as I hate to say it is enrolled in KDP Select. It’s okay in this case, as this is a new “author”.

To recap how much has been spent so far:

  • $85 for the first book
  • $22.43 for the domain name
  • $10 virtually taken off for hosting via Hostgator

Total spent: $117.43

How do I plan on tracking sales for the author only? There is this nifty tool called Book Report that turns the Kindle Direct Publishing reporting page into something a whole lot more beautiful. The best part is that it is free for any author earning less than $1,000 per month, and is only $10 a month for those earning more than $1,000 per month.

Throwback BookReport when I was going hard in the eBook game
Throwback BookReport when I was going hard in the eBook game

Although it’s placed in KDP Select, I’m not going to do any sort of giveaway promotions until the second book is released. When the book does go live I will be posting on a few websites, primarily Reddit using an alternate from my primary, but still active, account.

I’m really excited to see where this goes.

In other news, I’m my sifting through old eBook files, I found a cache of unreleased stories that need to get put out. I’m so lost as to why they fell through the cracks, but I guess I can spend the next few hours designing covers for them and dropping them like they’re hot.

Don’t leave money on the table like I did.

In the meantime, as I prepare my promotional plan, start writing your own damn book. Don’t know where to start? Check out the Onyx Defiant Guide to Writing Your Own eBook.

Don’t worry, it’s free, and if you need any additional help I can hop on Skype for a little one-on-one.

Big dawgs gotta earn.