May was a great month.
Six weeks ago I took the plunge and began a micropublishing business called Zion’s Camp Books. The inspiration for this came from Thom Chambers’s magazines, In Treehouses and The Micropublisher, which are amazingly put together and filled with excellent information and encouragement. Rather than go the way of a digital magazine, I chose to stick to ebooks.
Zion’s Camp Books is a niche micropublisher, an outlet for excellently prepared LDS books. (Zion’s Camp is a reference to Mormon history.) So far it doesn’t have a website (under construction) or any advertising, but in May ZCB sold 63 books through the Kindle store and Barnes and Nobles’ Nook store. (Not bad for a first month!) So far in the first five days of June 15 books have sold, so this month looks to be better than last.
This is still small change, but at least it’s a start. For me the starting is the hardest part. (If this is true for you also, check out Seth Godin’s Poke the Box. It gave me the kick I needed.) This month my goal is to quickly increase the number of books for sale, right now I only have four, and to get the website up and running.
The best part? I’m having a blast and learning a ton. And making a little money (finally) feels pretty great.