Aspiring authors need to look at self publishing

It’s no great secret that the world of publishing is changing. What is a secret is how much. Is it changing a lot? Has most of the change already happened? What does the future look like?

via The Report – Author Earnings.

Wow.  I’ve suspected for a few years now that self publishing was the way to go for a new author, but there’s been a lot of advice out there cautioning against that feeling.  Now, it seems that someone has managed to analyze the data, and it very much goes against the conventional wisdom.

Some people, like John Scalzi and Cory Doctorow, are pointing out how incomplete and skewed the data used for this analysis is.  For example, it’s based completely on Amazon sales information and bestsellers.  And they’re right, but these are limitations openly noted and accounted for in the report.

If you are an aspiring author, I think you owe it to yourself to read this.

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2 Responses to Aspiring authors need to look at self publishing

  1. Steve Morris says:

    That’s really interesting and very encouraging to any aspiring writer. We are truly witnessing a revolution in publishing. My own book got rejected by more agents and editors than I can remember and is currently sitting on my hard drive collecting digital dust. Times have changed. Maybe I will dust it off and release to an unsuspecting world.

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    • I think it’s definitely worth considering. Last year, I read a blog post by an author who had some books published in the 70s and 80s, but had long since gone out of print. She’s been self publishing her old books and now new ones. While it hasn’t led to fame and fortune, it sounds like it’s led to a nice secondary income, and enough fan feedback to make it enjoyable for her to write again.

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