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Indie Publishing Survey: Exciting Results For Self-Publishers

Indie Publishing Survey: Exciting Results For Self-Publishers

Bestselling author recently Marie Force recently conducted an indie publishing survey.

In this blog post, Survey Indicates Indie Publishing is Pot of Gold for Some, Work in Progress for Many, Marie wrote up her findings, and reported on why authors were indie publishing:

29 percent reported they are indie authors because the frustrations are minimal. More than half the respondents say the biggest benefit to being an indie author is agility and the ability to pivot when needed.

Takeaways from Marie’s indie publishing survey

Please read the article, it offers useful insights which you’re bound to find useful as you create your indie publishing plans for 2017. They might find you changing your strategy completely, or they may confirm what you already have planned.

Indie publishing in 2016: insights…

Here are some insights from the survey: almost 2,000 indie authors took part, so it’s a fair sample.

  • In an average month, between new releases, 33% of authors report making between zero and $50. On the other hand, 15 authors (0.80%) reported making between $30,000 and $40,000. A single author reported making $500,000 per month between new releases.
  • 13% of the 2,000 authors reported that self-publishing supports their family.
  • 87% of the 2,000 authors reported earning 70% of their income from ebooks.
  • The majority of the authors survey reported that 2016 was their best year in self-publishing since 2010.
  • I found this fascinating: authors reported equal success, whether they were giving Amazon an exclusive, and their books were in Kindle Unlimited, or whether they were going wide (not in KU, publishing on multiple retailers.)
  • 50% of the authors spent less than $50 a month promoting their books in between releases.

Indie publishing going forward: the best is yet to come

This year many indie authors have reported that their sales were down, from September onwards. Marie’s survey should give you a jolt of optimism, if you found your own sales lagging — some authors had their best year in 2016 since 2010. 🙂

Read Marie’s post, and use the insights to make 2017 your best-ever year in indie publishing.

(And if you’ve yet to get into the indie publishing world, take the plunge — you’ll love it. :-))

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Giggling: Amazon Versus Authors

Giggling: Amazon Versus Authors

Authors: you’re in trouble. So says Douglas Preston, anyway. He’s traditionally published, as are his pals in Authors United, so they’re bewailing the fate of the publishing industry. Again.

You’d think they’d get tired of it, and leave the publishing industry to its fate, but they don’t. I’m starting to think that all this whining is just a public relations ploy so that Preston and his pals can sell more books.

You’ve got to hand it to Joe Konrath, he slices and dices with the best of them. I love his Fisking Douglas Preston article, it’s a gem:

”Doug, show me where Amazon charges excessive prices where it meets no competitors. Then show me some competitors it drove out of business.

”Wait… you can’t? Perhaps because Amazon isn’t a monopoly, or engaging in illegal business practices that drive competitors out of business? There are still a lot of bookstores, both online and physical. In fact, haven’t you heard? The number of indie bookstores is growing.”

Preston’s problem…

What, you might wonder, is this problem that Preston’s complaining about? Here it is, from Konrath’s article: “We believe Amazon has used its power in ways that harm the interests of authors, readers, booksellers, and the publishing industry as a whole.”

It’s enough to make you tired. Your mileage may vary of course, but as far as I can see, Amazon’s helping the publishing industry. After all, it’s almost single-handedly established a brand new publishing industry — ebooks.

Read Konrath’s article. You’ll find lots of laugh out loud snippets, like: “Amazon is not a monopoly. Repeatedly whining that it is one doesn’t make it so.”

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HarperCollins To Help Authors to Sell Books From Their Websites

One of the biggest benefits of self publishing is that authors can sell books directly to readers, via Amazon and the other ebook retailers. With the current kerfuffle between Hachette and Amazon, publishers are looking for ways to make more profit from books. HarperCollins is now selling books directly to readers.

More fascinating news from HarperCollins:

According to Publishers Lunch, this is just the first phase of a larger project to work with HarperCollins authors to sell books and ebooks directly to readers around the world:

Within the next couple of weeks Harper “will reach out to authors to make a concrete proposition” on how they “will be able to use the technology to sell directly from their own websites” with some simple code.

This is amazing news, and it’s about time.

Authors: make it easy for your readers to buy your books

Authors aren’t good at selling their books — big surprise. I have many favorite authors, and I’m constantly amazed that when I go to an author’s website, it’s sometimes impossible to buy the book by clicking through to Amazon, or wherever.

Yes, you can read the first chapter of an author’s new book, but authors don’t link to their books on the book retailers, so you need to copy the book’s title, and hunt for it.

It’s understandable that authors don’t know how to link to their books, but their Web developer does know. You’d think that they’d either teach the authors how to do it, or would do it for them.

I hope HarperCollins does make it easier for authors to sell from their websites. They’ll make more sales, and everyone will be happier. 🙂

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