4 Replies Latest reply on May 24, 2012 2:50 PM by Strayer

    What Self-Pubbed Authors Make, and Other Self-Pub Insights

    keriflur

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/may/24/self-published-author-earnings

       

      I'm not terribly surprised by the news that 50% make less than $500 a year, as that's how it is for most arts - very few make a living at it.  What I do think is of note are the other findings, including the still strong emphasis on quantity over quality (they talk about how many self-pubbers are planning to put out 5+ books this year), and the idea that how much the author makes is not an indicator of how successful the author feels.

       

      IMO the most important finding for readers is that authors who put more effort into getting their work critiqued, hiring editors, artists for cover work, etc., tend to make more.  I think we all know this as readers, but so many authors ignore it.  Hopefully seeing this in print will inspire more authors to invest in their own work.  I'd love to see a rise in the average quality level of self-pubbed books.

        • Re: What Self-Pubbed Authors Make, and Other Self-Pub Insights
          MacMcK1957

          keriflur wrote:

           

          ...  I'd love to see a rise in the average quality level of self-pubbed books.


          Oooohhh, I have to suspect it's going to go the other way.  Self-pubbing gets easier by the day, and more and more people are becoming aware of how easy it is to put their stuff out there.  Add to that the occasional person who gets discovered that way (the Fifty Shades of Gray author being the latest) and it just encourages more and more people.  Sadly, most of them are not that good, and will not solicit (or listen to) feedback before putting their stuff out there.

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              Ya_Ya

              MacMcK1957 wrote:

              Add to that the occasional person who gets discovered that way (the Fifty Shades of Gray author being the latest) and it just encourages more and more people.  


              Or the Trylle Trilogy author.  The only thing those books needed was editing and they got none.  None.

               

              And she signed with St. Martin's for $2+Million for four books...

               

              (I'm willing to read the first actually published book she produces, though.)

            • Re: What Self-Pubbed Authors Make, and Other Self-Pub Insights

              Thanks for posting this very interesting article, keriflur. I'm glad that they finally noted, a good way down the page, that it's not all about money for some self-pubbed authors. Sure, a windfall would be nice, but some of us aren't holding our breaths for that. Even so, as one of the low earners on the scale, it is interesting to see how I compare with the high earners based on the variables they mention:

               

              I'm not a woman and I don't write romance, so there are two strikes against me from the start.

              I have a college degree, so that's good.

              I do get editing help.

              I don't seek out reviews as agressively as I probably should.

              I definitely don't put out 5 books a year. I could put out 5 books this year if I wanted to, but some of the novels I've written are just not ready to be published. I won't publish them until I am satisfied with their quality; some I may never publish.

               

              I have a day job, so if I don't come close to making the average (funny how they say only $10,000, like it wouldn't be a nice bonus) my family will still eat. I'm much more concerned with taking my time and putting out a product that no one can say isn't well-written, even if he/she isn't enthralled by the genre.

               

              It's a very thought-provoking article; thanks for sharing it.

               

              Scott

               

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                • Re: What Self-Pubbed Authors Make, and Other Self-Pub Insights
                  My reader doesn't read yet and this type of book is in a corner somewhere on bookselling sites. It took me a long time to write one of the books I have uploaded. It was the start of a series and I can't tell you how much I struggled with it. It was put through it's paces at an international writing site and that helped very much. I am not able to write 5 books a year. There is something very wrong if someone writes that many. What helps readers is the sample. Hopefully you can tell if the book is worth paying for.