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Self-Publishing

Postby Proofrdr » 13 Nov 2011, 01:01

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on the secret of self-publishing. With the growing popularity of e-books and other digital technology, the number of self-published novels has exploded. R. R. Bowker, which tracks the publishing business, estimated an increase of 160% in 2010 alone.

The digital market seems to follow a path opposite that of the print market. Whereas the first 6 months are the prime window for print book sales and after a year they pretty much flatline as books leave the shelves, e-book sales are slow at first, then grow as name recognition spreads on the web...and, of course, they never leave the shelves.

The article tracks the self-publishing experiences of both established and new authors. The key: Success breeds success. Once an author is noticed and catches on, the sales spread like wildfire.
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Re: Self-Publishing

Postby ElaineB » 26 Jan 2012, 09:05

Brave New World: The 10 Stages of Indie Publishing

Joanna Weiss is a columnist for the Boston Globe, so I know she can write (journalism, at least), so this is an interesting take:

Stage 1: Self-loathing. After months of silence, during which you chew your fingernails to small, pathetic nubs, agent reports back that she hasn’t sold your book to a major house. Consider the possibility that the kid who teased you on the schoolbus in seventh grade was right: You are a loser.

Stage 2: Suspicion. ...

Stage 3: Denial. ...

Stage 4: Acceptance. Talk yourself back in. Snooki got a book contract, dammit. And these days, Neal Pollack and other known writers are striking out on their own. New authors are making bucketloads of money. Agents are pushing self-pubbing. There’s no stigma now, only possibility.

Stage 5: Community. Email indie authors out of the blue. Hear back from them instantly. Get critiques. Make new friends. Join new ventures. Joni Rodgers, a bestselling author based in Houston, answered a query of mine out of the blue, read my manuscript, and invited me to join a new indie imprint she’s launching called Stella Link Books: a group of writers who will help promote each other’s books and seek out new indie books worth reading. ...

Stage 6: Editing. Get a fellow writer to give you the brutal, no-holds-barred edit you would have wanted a publisher to give. Suffer. Rewrite. Develop a deep-seated hatred for your book. Develop a deep-seated hatred for all books, words, letters, and squiggles that are vaguely shaped like letters. Emerge, months later, with a book that has probably improved. You’d know for sure if you could stand to read it.

Stage 7: Illustrate. Google artists you like in search of cover art for your book. ...

Stage 8: Get technical. Or don’t. It’s easy to outsource the techy stuff...

Stage 9: Terror. What do you mean, you just upload the file to Amazon and it’s on sale? That’s it? OK, I’m going to click here…now. (Pause.) Holy $%*^&(.

Stage 10: Abandon any sense of shame. It’s a scientific fact: People with shame don’t sell as many books. ...
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Re: Self-Publishing

Postby FranW » 23 Mar 2013, 07:33

Charlie Stross has an interesting post on why he doesn't self publish -- he breaks down the time he'd spend on 'being a publisher' vs 'being a writer'. Worth reading for anyone who's considering self publishing, whether they're unpublished or currently working with trade publishers. Also worth reading if you're researching trade presses and want to see if they're over-committed in terms of staff:titles released.
The specialist SF trade fiction publishers I know have a production ratio of roughly 6 novels/year for direct employed members of staff. That is: Baen (10 folks) produce 60-odd novels, Tor (50 folks) produce 300-odd books.

However a modern trade-fic publisher is an organization dedicated to handling the work-flow of book production. Over the past 30 years they've ruthlessly outsourced everything that isn't a core part of the job of publishing — including many tasks that an outsider might think were core competencies. Copy editors work freelance, paid by the book. Proofreaders ditto. Typesetting is carried out by DTP agencies. Printing is the job of a printer, not a publisher.

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-st ... blish.html
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