Self-publishing: ‘under 10% of authors earn living’ – “Self-published writers who have an agent, or who use the DIY route to get a traditional deal, earn much more than the average self-published writer, according to a survey of more than 1,000 self-published writers. But only a minority (less than 10%) make enough to live off their earnings. The survey, conducted by the Australian publisher and authors’ services business Taleist, found that just 97 of the 1,007 respondents indicated they could live exclusively off their royalties. In fact, half the respondents failed to reach $500 in royalties in 2011, with a quarter of the books facing the prospect that they will not cover their production costs.”The Bookseller Personal Note: Does having an agent generally mean putting out a better looking product?
BEA 2012: What Librarians Wish Publishers Knew – “Libraries are often forgotten when considering the brick and mortar part of publishing. But it became very clear during the talk that, with 9,000 library systems across America, libraries are robust places to discover and share books. Of those 9,000 systems, a good thousand have four or more branches. And according to Rawlinson, when libraries survey their public, libraries translate into books.They are places to promote books, but they are different from bookstores. “Libraries can’t do the stack ‘em high, watch ‘em fly,” said Rawlinson at the panel’s start. But the big difference is that when a library accumulates tomes, they’re guaranteed to go out to the public. Libraries continue to promote specific titles on their websites. And as Michael Colford, Director of Library Services for the Boston Public Library, pointed out, the Boston Public Library website received eight million hits on its website last year.”EdRants
Technology – Alexis Madrigal – A Golden Age of Books? There Were Only 500 Real Bookstores in 1931 – The Atlantic – “It’s my contention — and I’ve made this point in other ways — that when people look at the sprawling mess of Internet publishing and decide that the quality of writing has declined, they are comparing apples to oranges. They’re taking the most elite offerings that could be imagined, which were based on the tastes of the most educated people in 12 cities, and comparing them to the now-visible reading habits of everyone on the Internet. That’s just not a good way to draw smart conclusions about the relationship between technology and culture. Perhaps “the Internet” has made writing worse, but you’d never prove it by comparing F. Scott Fitzgerald to Thought Catalog.”The Atlantic
Kensington Publishing Corp. – Media/News/Publishing – New York | Facebook – “For all you book lovers who are devoted to spreading the word about your favorite books and authors, Kensington is accepting entries for Remote Reviewers! Send a sample review, your address, and a list of your favorite genres and authors to email@example.com, and you could be chosen to receive free books monthly in exchange for your great review-writing on various internet sites! (For now, US & Canada only please.)”Kensington Publishing Corp’s Facebook page. Publishers are catching on that the numerosity of reviews matter. Of course, as the base number of reviews a book receives rises, so will the overall number. How long before we move to some other discovery number?
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
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