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
E-Book Formatting Fairies: Author Know Thy Business: Self-Publishing By The Numbers, An Informal Survey – Author Marie Force posted sales figures for a number of self published authors, primarily in the romance genre. Looking over the numbers seems to indicate that individuals with an extensive backlist can make a good living off self published books and that regular adjustment of promotions and price can increase interest and purchases. Ebook Formatting Faeries
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.
The novelists of 1993 had it easy. How will today’s young writers publish their work? – I thought that despite the headline of this article, it was one of the more evenhanded looks at the changing landscape of publishing. Traditional methods of earning a living as an author are evolving and with that will come the loss of some voices but a rise of others.Books | The Observer
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