Monday, April 15, 2013

The Numbers of Self-Publishing

Self publishing and traditional publishing are two different paths to the same goal: being published. But neither path is right for everyone. When trying to figure out which you'll take, consider these two blogs:

Chuck Wendig offers a list of reasons you might choose to stick to traditional-first.

And Marie Force offers the actual sales numbers of some self-published authors. This is a self-selected response, so the numbers do not actually represent any kind of statistical average: it's just a snapshot of what some authors choose to report. (Amazon's been pretty reluctant to release the true statistics!)

Some people sell hundreds of thousands of books self-publishing; others don't break a thousand. Where will you fall? Do you have the time to promote, and the audience to sell to? Are you in a high-selling genre? And do you have the money to risk for that initial investment?

But when the sales are good, the money is great. Every traditionally published author had fantastic self-publishing sales. Some non-traditionally published authors had enough sales to live off, too. There's no clear-cut answer. Because, honestly? What works for someone else may or may not work for you.

When tides of magic drown the South, tone-deaf Kelly lost everyone she loves but her twin brother.  Now, to protect him and everyone she's met since, she'll have to master the music magic she long ago gave up on--and go into the heart of magic itself. Into the Tides comes out this fall, 2013.

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