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Interesting article about self-pub
« on: November 01, 2012, 02:07:49 PM »


 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/24/self-publishing-authors-killing-publishing-ebook_n_2008374.html?utm_hp_ref=books

 What called my attention the most was the phrase "the average amount earned by DIY authors last year was just $10,000 (£6,375) – and half made less than $500." --> I guess this isn't necessarily bad news. If, as the author says, even in an environment where people are sending badly edited or corrected works, etc., the average author is earning around ten thousand dollars, then the pressure to present a well-finished, edited and proof-read work is higher.

 What do you think about this article? What can you tell us about it, those who have self-published their works?
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Re: Interesting article about self-pub
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2012, 03:12:23 PM »
This article was discussed on a couple of sites that I visit. The consensus was that it fudged the numbers or used a very small sampling.

A lot of different things go into ebook success. Most articles I read say that it is a long term investment as opposed to the quick flash of traditionally published. A print book has to make sales in the first couple months it comes out or it is returned. Ebooks will be there forever and can remain an income source.

It also varies by genre. Romance is doing exceptionally well. Also, writers with lots of books are doing better than a writer with only one book (like me).

If you're interested about the industry, definitely read Kris Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith's blogs. Excellent advice there.
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Re: Interesting article about self-pub
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2012, 03:23:15 PM »

 Do you think the actual numbers are better or worse, for the self-published authors?

  Also, it might be a futile exercise since it'll be a long time before I can publish my novel, but I've been thinking that, since avoiding piracy is absolutely impossible, I could upload my work in different formats to pirate bay and a few other sites, besides the amazon/ nook/ B&N sites, with the only difference that on the first page it has a small introduction asking for the reader to buy the book in case he/ she enjoyed it, or otherwise help to spread word of it as much as he/ she can.

 I know similar actions have met success on other media (like video games, with Zeno Clash, if memory serves well), do you know if other authors have tried something similar, and what were the results?
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Re: Interesting article about self-pub
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2012, 09:02:44 PM »
Well, it is the Huffington Post...
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Re: Interesting article about self-pub
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2012, 03:43:36 PM »
Well, first of all it was originally an article in the Guardian that was quoted by Indiereader and then put in the Huffinton Post. So it's been around for awhile.

I think that the numbers are useless without a better base to understand them. The quote about some authors only selling 10 books a month at $.99. OK. If it is a first book and just came out, I think 10 books a month is a really good start. Or does the author have 10 books and they are only selling 10 of cheapest a month. Or 10 of the most recent. Or 9 of the romance and 1 mystery.

What genre? Fiction? Non-fiction? Adult or YA?

It's a bit of a jumble and I think misleading. There's just too much information out there to grab one fact and hold it up as significant.
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Re: Interesting article about self-pub
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2013, 02:58:10 AM »
Also, it might be a futile exercise since it'll be a long time before I can publish my novel, but I've been thinking that, since avoiding piracy is absolutely impossible, I could upload my work in different formats to pirate bay and a few other sites, besides the amazon/ nook/ B&N sites, with the only difference that on the first page it has a small introduction asking for the reader to buy the book in case he/ she enjoyed it, or otherwise help to spread word of it as much as he/ she can.

Yes, I agree that avoiding piracy is unavoidable, and perhaps even not worth the effort. It's been said that the indie author's enemy is not piracy but obscurity, so methinks our efforts are best focused on the latter and not the former.
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