04-30-2013 05:27 PM
From a trad author who's seriously considering self-pub for her next book:
Definitely read the comments. Courtney Milan has great info for anyone looking to self-pub the right way, and Donald Maass has a few reminders about what actually makes a book sell (he's done the analysis and has a book out about it, tho he doesn't mention that in the comments).
04-30-2013 07:35 PM
05-01-2013 01:04 AM - edited 05-01-2013 01:08 AM
Isn't that what Smashwords and CreateSpace do?
Very few people make much of anything from self publishing DTB's. The economies of scale don't kick in until you're above a few thousand copies in a single run, so it's very difficult to do that kind of POD and turn a profit.
The price is definitely coming down, but I don't think we'll be seeing a vibrant POD industry threatening the established publishing houses for quite some time, if ever.
The much larger issue is, as always, discoverability. Very few bookstores (even indies) will take a POD author's books - they want the return credit system that they get with a publisher or wholesaler so they're not stuck with dead stock. Thus you have a bit of a Catch-22; the bookstores don't want a book without a market or a guarentee they can dump the book if it doesn't sell well, and the POD author has difficulty establishing an audience without the discoverability factor of bookstore placement.
NOTE: I'm not saying it can't work and that it can't happen - it does. But it's VERY VERY difficult to do so.
05-01-2013 02:28 AM
Gotcha. Both must be more expensive than I thought they were.
And I agree with you about discoverability. That's a huge hurdle/challenge for self-pubbed authors. Huge.
05-01-2013 07:57 PM
Agree on this: The much larger issue is, as always, discoverability.
Discoverability is such a tough problem for indie authors.
I think whoever even comes up with a half-good solution for Discoverability is going to make a very big contribution and a LOT of money.
Readers want books too. It's almost as hard to find a good new book to read as it is for indie authors or even published authors to find readers.
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