This week we are talking about the positives and negatives of self publishing.
Some writers are feeling discouraged about dropping sales, but others are showing the positive sides to publishing that still exist:
Negativity or Reality
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This week people in the publishing world were trying to make sense of different reports and breathing deeply. Roz Morris wrote a heart felt plea on self publishing
and how hard it is… especially if you are writing literary fiction. Many writers commented and bared their souls over the dropping pay rates and sales. Their comments are interesting and enlightening.
Porter Anderson then picked up the baton and examined the general tone of despair in his column for Writer Unboxed, Looking For Truth In A Time Of Hype
. We are so used to sounding chipper about our sales and our
writing when in private we are holding our heads and wailing ‘is it just me….’ This is a great post with very insightful comments.
This week Hugh Howey and Data Guy tried to raise author spirits by publishing the next Author Earnings snapshot.
Amazon Imprints have doubled their sales and Trad publishers have taken a dive. Are the Trad doom and gloom forecasts really indicative of the publishing world reality? (Hugh Howey investigated and found out differently.)
wrote an article on Negativity. The single worst thing an author can do for their career. So if you complain make sure it’s in private… to trusted friends… in a dark room with hoods, passwords and false names.
Today Nielson had their one day kids book summit. Twitter raged when marketers on a panel started speculating that YA needed to be
rebranded as 80% of its readers were adults. It was not a pretty sight. But there were other interesting take aways from the day so check out the Twitter stream.
In The Craft Section,
In The Marketing Section,
Website Of The Week
Pick yourself up… dust yourself off … Put on that cheerful face and go back out to fight the publishing world again.
About Maureen Crisp
Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.