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?
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.