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Can Indie Authors Afford to Quit Their Day Jobs?

July 2, 2014 8 comments

One of the questions I was asked in a recent interview –  Can a newbie writer hope to make decent money out of self-publishing?

I was startled to see this question because it seems very obvious to me (and to a lot of other Indies, I’m sure) that self-publishing is where the money is. Where else can you expect to get royalties of 65-70%?

In traditional publishing the superstars – the Stephen Kings and the Nora Roberts –  are the ones making serious money. Everyone else is obliged to hang on to their day jobs.

This is quite different from self-publishing where even mid-list authors – people you might never hear about – are quitting their day jobs because they are able to pay the bills. The reason you might never hear of them is that  they need to sell a mere 75 ebooks each day at $2.99 in order to make a living.  The amount people seem to agree is a  living wage? $50,000.

But I guess all of this may not be very obvious to a lot of people, so I thought I’d point you to a couple excellent blog posts. You can decide for yourself.

The Passive Guy: Indie Authors Are Quitting Their Day Jobs.

The second post is by the amazing Hugh Howey: Newbie Author Declines $120,000 3-book Deal

Literary #agents Reinventing Themselves

March 28, 2013 Leave a comment

With so many (inexpensive) options available to authors who are not traditionally published (and even those who are), literary agents are having to reinvent themselves. An interesting post from The Passive Voice.

Book Reviewers Sought: Los Angeles Review literary journal

April 12, 2012 Leave a comment

The Los Angeles Review literary journal is looking for three to five book reviewers. These reviewers will primarily be responsible for our new online review section, which includes reviews of self-published books. Some reviews may also be published in the print journal. Fiction, poetry and nonfiction reviewers are all welcome to apply. Online reviews are 200 to 500 words in length. Print reviews are 200 to 300 words.

Applicants should have some experience reviewing books, preferably for a literary journal. This is a volunteer position at this time; a stipend may be added in the future.

To apply, please send an email to the Book Review Editor, at LAReview.bookreviews(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @) in sending email). A resume/CV and links to published reviews are appreciated. To find out more about us, please visit our web site at http://losangelesreview.org/.

Courtesy: the crwropps-b yahoo group

Ebook Millionaires: How Are Paperback Sales?

April 5, 2012 3 comments

Everyone knows that John Locke sold a million copies of his 99cent ebooks. Based on this, he signed a pretty lucrative deal Simon & Schuster. But his paperbacks haven’t been doing quite as well.

Amanda Hocking, on the other hand, who signed with St. Martin’s Press, is selling very well.

More on this story here.

Autographing ebooks

March 29, 2012 Leave a comment

With the rise in popularity of ebooks comes the need for electronic autographs. Kindlegraph’s been around for a bit, but only now do I see enough people using it. For a primer on Kindlegraph, click here.

Penguin Cites Piracy Concerns in Pulling ebooks Out of Lending Library

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Like previous news from Penguin about its subsidy press ‘Book Country’ wasn’t bad enough (see my previous posts), now comes news that Penguin is refusing to participate in ebook lending citing priracy concerns. For more details, refer to this story in mashable.com.

Not a good week for Penguin publicity-wise.

Amazon Launches ebook Lending Library

November 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Amazon has launched a digital book lending library which,  as you might imagine, isn’t making the big 6 NY book publishers too happy. The program is called Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. None of the big 6 is participating because they fear a loss in sales, especially from their back lists (ie.e older titles). Only 5000 titles are available at this time, and only to the subscribers of the Amazon Prime program who are also Kindle owners.

Wonder what this’ll mean for indie publishers and the self-published.

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