Self-Publishing Grabs Huge Market Share From Traditional Publishers – David Gaughran speculates that based on the numbers provided by Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble, that 25% of e-books purchased in the US are produced by self published authors. What we don’t know at this point is the unit sales versus dollar amounts. The average price of a best-selling self published e-book is probably around $2 whereas the average price of the best-selling traditionally published e-book is likely in the $9.99 range. David Gaughran
Only one author who provided information had only one title published. Her success was not as dramatic. Many of the authors had previously been traditionally published or were currently traditionally published. One thing I’ve heard lamented is that the time period authors give themselves to achieve success is so short, as if everyone can publish a book and be immediately successful and if you don’t, then you will never be a success. Clearly a larger body of work leads to more income. Few authors achieve instant success. Many of the authors contributing to Force’s informal survey have in excess of 6 titles to their name.
One development has been a greater pressure on them to market themselves; via festivals and other live events and on traditional and social media. The chatter around books – which their publishers always hope will become “buzz” and, even better, translate into “word-of-mouth success” – is greater than ever, and much of it is very enjoyable; the creation of readers’ communities often yields unexpected insights and recommendations. Whether it translates into hard cash is trickier to quantify; and how damaging the threat to writerly solitude yet to be seen.
Google launches tool to help users plan for digital afterlife – Implementing tools that will allow you to designate individuals who can take over your account upon your death. They can make decisions about what pictures and posts and emails to delete or preserve. This trusted individual will be able to gain access to your account if you haven’t logged in three, six, nine or twelve months. I didn’t realize that there were services like this but it makes sense. The article recounts frustrations from family members who’ve been turned away by digital companies after the death of a loved one.Technology | The Guardian
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and 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.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com