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Indie Publishing Closing in on 45 percent of Amazon eBook sales
« on: February 12, 2016, 10:08:16 AM »
Indie Publishing is leaving the Big 5 in the dust on Amazon as far as eBook sales go. This link below offers some startling insight as to what is happening in the industry. Becoming an Indie author or going with a small publisher may now be the best path for most writers.

NOTE: If you have limited financial resources and cannot afford to risk any money then I strongly recommend writers seek out a good small publishing house before self publishing. Self publishing is not really free. You have editing costs, book cover design costs, and marketing costs. A good small publisher takes care of those costs, but at least some marketing effort still falls on the author. That holds true for even the Big 5 publishers.

I helped a writer friend find a small publisher in 2014. Her attempts over the years to get serious attention from literary agents had not worked out. She came to me to help her self publish. I suggested she try small publishers first, before going the self publishing route. Her book was published by a high quality small publisher in 2015. Her book quickly hit number one in its category on Amazon. My writer friend did not give up. She was willing to change her strategy. She now knows, without a doubt, she had a good story. Both her and the publisher made money.

The bottom line is this: A writer's story will never have a chance until it is out there. If what you are doing is not working, try something different. The industry trends have changed drastically. With that said, you might find the information in this link interesting.

http://selfpublishingadvice.org/indie-authors-now-top-us-digital-book-sales/
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Re: Indie Publishing Closing in on 45 percent of Amazon eBook sales
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2016, 10:13:59 AM »
This all depends, too, on what you're writing. eBook sales are never going to amount to much for a lot of MG or books for younger readers.
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Re: Indie Publishing Closing in on 45 percent of Amazon eBook sales
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2016, 11:02:02 AM »
This all depends, too, on what you're writing. eBook sales are never going to amount to much for a lot of MG or books for younger readers.

Yes, everything has to be considered. Thank you for your reply.

Small publishers and Indie authors can do both print and eBook. A writer friend who lives in New York recently released her memoir in eBook format first. Her audience turned out to be readers who wanted a print version. They kept asking where they could find her story in print. A good problem to have. She did her first self-published print offering a little over a month ago, and it is selling well. She could not be happier.

The point I attempted to make, in my post, is a manuscript that stays only in the writer's computer has zero chance. One way or another writers need to find a way to get their work out there. I talk to writers who have been querying literary agents for years, and they keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different response. I tell them to study the industry. It has changed. Going direct to small publishers may prove more advantageous.




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Re: Indie Publishing Closing in on 45 percent of Amazon eBook sales
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2016, 01:47:26 PM »
The point I attempted to make, in my post, is a manuscript that stays only in the writer's computer has zero chance.

Definitely this.
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Re: Indie Publishing Closing in on 45 percent of Amazon eBook sales
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2016, 05:27:34 AM »
Before personal computers, the saying was, "Nothing ever sold in a desk drawer."

A good thing to remember.