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Not surprisingly, paranormal romance books are top dogs as moneymakers. If you aim for the top 60 subcategories I've listed, you'll have a chance at a good income, because the demand is there for good books. The competition is keen, too.

For the table below, I tried adding a border for readability, but the BBCode on this forum isn't set up for borders. (Or else I'm just doing it wrong.) I abbreviated "Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks >" as "Kindle >" and both "Children's Books >" and "Children's eBooks >" as "Children's >".

Top 60 Subcategories For Daily Author Earnings Per Title, Jan. 2016:

SUBCATEGORYAVG DAILY AUTHOR INCOME PER TITLETOTAL DAILY AUTHOR INCOMENUMBER TITLESAVG PAGES
Kindle > Romance > Paranormal > Angels$178.72$27344.09153304.6
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > German$172.75$10883.4763411.3
Kindle > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime Fiction > Kidnapping$163.01$21028.56129306.8
Kindle > Romance > Paranormal > Ghosts$154.12$28666.02186308.7
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > German$154.12$14949.4597470.3
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Supernatural > Witches & Wizards$144.30$9090.5963304.1
Books > Teen & Young Adult > Romance > Science Fiction & Dystopian$142.18$19620.30138372.3
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Psychological$141.00$19599.08139376.9
Kindle > Romance > Paranormal > Psychics$140.09$30818.94220295.2
Books > Teen & Young Adult > Romance > Paranormal$137.05$18090.61132402.0
Kindle > Romance > Paranormal > Demons & Devils$131.29$29539.29225300.6
Kindle > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Conspiracies$130.60$31344.22240364.1
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense$124.82$998.568335.6
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime$124.69$11097.0289356.8
Kindle > Children's > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes$123.22$9980.8181261.1
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Italian$122.78$10927.5589418.0
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Kidnapping$119.07$23456.74197306.3
Kindle > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Gastronomy$118.02$118.021239.0
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Spies & Politics > Conspiracies$117.00$27261.08233362.8
Kindle > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Coming of Age$110.28$35179.70319353.4
Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Humorous$110.21$9037.2482364.5
Kindle > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Coming of Age$109.91$25498.92232347.7
Books > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Domestic Life$109.69$28628.65261327.4
Books > Teen & Young Adult > Romance > Fantasy$107.76$17564.47163344.8
Books > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > European > German$107.23$10937.79102375.5
Kindle > Romance > Paranormal > Witches & Wizards$106.94$33364.05312298.1
Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Coming of Age$105.35$34026.55323336.6
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Literary$105.06$37189.47354346.7
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Historical$102.04$16836.80165315.8
Kindle > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Occult$100.79$10482.25104349.1
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > New Adult & College$100.16$33253.30332297.1
Kindle > Romance > New Adult & College$97.90$64808.22662260.1
Kindle > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Paranormal$95.98$10462.19109354.8
Books > Romance > Vampires$93.66$29595.91316300.9
Books > Children's > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes$92.07$10035.75109270.1
Kindle > Romance > Paranormal > Vampires$91.26$29843.48327317.1
Books > Romance > New Adult & College$90.48$69941.16773264.6
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Fantasy$89.23$11688.48131247.3
Books > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Sisters$85.32$3327.6339365.3
Kindle > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy$84.93$84.931373.0
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Sagas$83.78$23709.61283330.9
Kindle > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Technothrillers$83.28$13824.78166375.7
Kindle > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Political$82.20$11672.93142392.4
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Sagas$74.49$16535.78222444.9
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Spies & Politics > Political$73.03$16724.99229405.1
Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Exploration$72.41$12961.90179322.7
Kindle > Romance > Paranormal > Werewolves & Shifters$71.90$40838.85568232.8
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Detective$71.87$4743.3066314.8
Kindle > Humor & Entertainment$71.54$143.072332.0
Kindle > Sports & Outdoors > Outdoors & Nature > Hiking & Camping$70.00$70.001347.0
Kindle > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Space Exploration$69.57$10574.67152340.4
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Spies & Politics > Espionage$68.92$19092.09277394.6
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Humor$68.72$18279.82266317.4
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Family Life$67.81$37770.21557313.3
Kindle > Teen & Young Adult > Romance > Paranormal & Fantasy$67.51$23561.44349358.2
Kindle > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Crime$66.78$33992.20509322.6
Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Family Life$66.56$36210.74544313.0
Kindle > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Espionage$66.51$18622.07280391.3
Kindle > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban$66.45$67309.801013330.7
Books > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Contemporary Women$66.30$100843.231521299.4
 

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That's it...I'm going to start writing about paranormal angels in love...or maybe German paranormal angels in love who are kidnapped by ghosts.

Except, I don't know a darn thing about the genre(s). :)

Thanks for this thread, the analysis, and commentary. I learn something just about every time I come here.
 

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MKK said:
That's it...I'm going to start writing about paranormal angels in love...or maybe German paranormal angels in love who are kidnapped by ghosts.

Except, I don't know a darn thing about the genre(s). :)

Thanks for this thread, the analysis, and commentary. I learn something just about every time I come here.
You're welcome. Romance with paranormal elements is selling well, but I don't think I'd mix the German fiction with it. Probably not much crossover audience. But perhaps you could start a new trend!

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Gator, that's some sexy data, thanks for sharing. Market research for the win.
You're welcome. Always good to check what's selling well if you're planning to write a new series.

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Did I miss seeing Contemporary and Historical Romance in the Top 60? That seems...odd, no?
It does seem odd, but no, you didn't miss them. They're both further down the list because, on average, they weren't earning as much per title in January as the other romance and women's fiction books. Each title is competing with way more titles within these two subcategories than the other subcategories I listed in my previous post.

Give me a few minutes and I'll format a table in BBCode to post those results, too.
 

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Phoenix, when you look at the sheer number of titles in each subcategory below and compare them with the number of titles in the top 60 subcategories for author earnings per title, you'll see how much more competition there was in January for contemporary romance and historical romance. They're still very good earners, though. Huge, huge audience.

SUBCATEGORYAVG DAILY AUTHOR INCOME PER TITLETOTAL DAILY AUTHOR INCOMENUMBER TITLESAVG PAGES
#139, Kindle > Romance > Contemporary$43.49$150,219.983454267.3
#148, Books > Romance > Contemporary$41.07$155,382.323783268.8
#164, Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Romance$38.99$44,482.811141282.6
#216, Kindle > Romance > Historical Romance$31.11$17,668.95568345.1
#255, Books > Romance > Historical$25.21$21,930.96870326.7
 

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Based on the numbers, I'd say this is one of those areas where the median value would be far more valuable than the average. It looks very much like a small number of very high earners at the top is pulling the average daily amount per book way, way up.
 

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KelliWolfe said:
Based on the numbers, I'd say this is one of those areas where the median value would be far more valuable than the average. It looks very much like a small number of very high earners at the top is pulling the average daily amount per book way, way up.
For the Kindle First and Harry Potter eBooks, that's true, but in many other subcategories the top earners don't skew the average so horribly.

If you're more interested in the median than the average in each of these subcategories I've taken the time to determine and share here, you can download the latest Author Earnings Report's raw data and make those calculations. While you're doing that, during the very limited time I have, I'll work on a detailed report comparing the author earnings of eBooks in KU vs. eBooks not in KU.
 

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I downloaded the data and found that, of books that have star ratings, the arithmetic average star rating is 4.34 stars, with a median rating of 4.5 stars. Median means the same number of values above the value as below. There's about 150,000 books in the dataset that have ratings. That matches pretty well the 4.5 average from the 100 books I track. I also don't see any correlation between star ratings and sales rank.
 

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Not surprisingly, paranormal romance books are top dogs as moneymakers. If you aim for the top 60 subcategories I've listed, you'll have a chance at a good income, because the demand is there for good books. The competition is keen, too.

For the table below, I tried adding a border for readability, but the BBCode on this forum isn't set up for borders. (Or else I'm just doing it wrong.) I abbreviated "Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks >" as "Kindle >" and both "Children's Books >" and "Children's eBooks >" as "Children's >".

Top 60 Subcategories For Daily Author Earnings Per Title, Jan. 2016:

SUBCATEGORYAVG DAILY AUTHOR INCOME PER TITLETOTAL DAILY AUTHOR INCOMENUMBER TITLESAVG PAGES
Kindle > Romance > Paranormal > Angels$178.72$27344.09153304.6
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > German$172.75$10883.4763411.3
Kindle > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime Fiction > Kidnapping$163.01$21028.56129306.8
Kindle > Romance > Paranormal > Ghosts$154.12$28666.02186308.7
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > German$154.12$14949.4597470.3
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Supernatural > Witches & Wizards$144.30$9090.5963304.1
Books > Teen & Young Adult > Romance > Science Fiction & Dystopian$142.18$19620.30138372.3
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Psychological$141.00$19599.08139376.9
Kindle > Romance > Paranormal > Psychics$140.09$30818.94220295.2
Books > Teen & Young Adult > Romance > Paranormal$137.05$18090.61132402.0
Kindle > Romance > Paranormal > Demons & Devils$131.29$29539.29225300.6
Kindle > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Conspiracies$130.60$31344.22240364.1
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense$124.82$998.568335.6
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime$124.69$11097.0289356.8
Kindle > Children's > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes$123.22$9980.8181261.1
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Italian$122.78$10927.5589418.0
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Kidnapping$119.07$23456.74197306.3
Kindle > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Gastronomy$118.02$118.021239.0
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Spies & Politics > Conspiracies$117.00$27261.08233362.8
Kindle > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Coming of Age$110.28$35179.70319353.4
Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Humorous$110.21$9037.2482364.5
Kindle > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Coming of Age$109.91$25498.92232347.7
Books > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Domestic Life$109.69$28628.65261327.4
Books > Teen & Young Adult > Romance > Fantasy$107.76$17564.47163344.8
Books > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > European > German$107.23$10937.79102375.5
Kindle > Romance > Paranormal > Witches & Wizards$106.94$33364.05312298.1
Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Coming of Age$105.35$34026.55323336.6
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Literary$105.06$37189.47354346.7
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Historical$102.04$16836.80165315.8
Kindle > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Occult$100.79$10482.25104349.1
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > New Adult & College$100.16$33253.30332297.1
Kindle > Romance > New Adult & College$97.90$64808.22662260.1
Kindle > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Paranormal$95.98$10462.19109354.8
Books > Romance > Vampires$93.66$29595.91316300.9
Books > Children's > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes$92.07$10035.75109270.1
Kindle > Romance > Paranormal > Vampires$91.26$29843.48327317.1
Books > Romance > New Adult & College$90.48$69941.16773264.6
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Fantasy$89.23$11688.48131247.3
Books > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Sisters$85.32$3327.6339365.3
Kindle > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy$84.93$84.931373.0
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Sagas$83.78$23709.61283330.9
Kindle > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Technothrillers$83.28$13824.78166375.7
Kindle > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Political$82.20$11672.93142392.4
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Sagas$74.49$16535.78222444.9
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Spies & Politics > Political$73.03$16724.99229405.1
Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Exploration$72.41$12961.90179322.7
Kindle > Romance > Paranormal > Werewolves & Shifters$71.90$40838.85568232.8
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Detective$71.87$4743.3066314.8
Kindle > Humor & Entertainment$71.54$143.072332.0
Kindle > Sports & Outdoors > Outdoors & Nature > Hiking & Camping$70.00$70.001347.0
Kindle > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Space Exploration$69.57$10574.67152340.4
Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Spies & Politics > Espionage$68.92$19092.09277394.6
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Humor$68.72$18279.82266317.4
Kindle > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Family Life$67.81$37770.21557313.3
Kindle > Teen & Young Adult > Romance > Paranormal & Fantasy$67.51$23561.44349358.2
Kindle > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Crime$66.78$33992.20509322.6
Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Family Life$66.56$36210.74544313.0
Kindle > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Espionage$66.51$18622.07280391.3
Kindle > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban$66.45$67309.801013330.7
Books > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Contemporary Women$66.30$100843.231521299.4
Where did you get this info, Mr Gator sir?
 

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Where did you get this info, Mr Gator sir?
As Jim says, I downloaded the Excel spreadsheet with the raw Kindle data from the Feb. 2016 Author Earnings Report and loaded it into a relational database. I wrote and ran SQL queries to produce reports that answered relevant questions in a readable format. This is one of those reports.
 

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Oh dear. Ok. I downloaded the raw data and could not make heads or tails of it. So congrats on the patience you showed in doing that!
 

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Oh dear. Ok. I downloaded the raw data and could not make heads or tails of it. So congrats on the patience you showed in doing that!
I used to be a DBA, database designer, database software developer, and data analysis tool designer and programmer, so I already have the proper skillsets. It just requires time to whip non-normalized data into shape, which I never seem to have enough of.
 

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I used to be a DBA, database designer, database software developer, and data analysis tool designer and programmer, so I already have the proper skillsets. It just requires time to whip non-normalized data into shape, which I never seem to have enough of.
Does that mean you can make your own covers and format an ebook in your sleep as well?
 

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Does that mean you can make your own covers and format an ebook in your sleep as well?
It means I can write software that does these tasks for me while I sleep or do other productive things, but the covers would look very basic, because that's a skill I haven't developed beyond "almost passable" so far.
 
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