Self-Publishing Week in Review: 03/03/15

As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news.

Four Reasons to Self-Publish Your Children’s Book

In this Huffington Post article, author and illustrator Sue Shanahan shares what she learned during her publishing journey and why she thinks self-publishing is a great option for children’s book authors. This is a must read for all writers considering self-publishing.

A Recipe for Success: Tips for Self-Publishing Your Cookbook

This Publisher’s Weekly article offers helpful tips for cookbook authors. Topics covered include building a platform, finding your niche, creating a team, and more. It is a must read for authors interested in self-publishing a cookbook.

LAPL, SELF-e, Surprising Stats | Self-Publishing & Libraries

This Library Journal article discusses self-publishing statistics and how they impact libraries. This is an interesting read for authors and librarians.

If you have other big news to share, please comment below.

ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Executive Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at http://kellyschuknecht.com.

Self-Publishing, A Trick or Treat

I’ll end the month this week with the pros and cons of self-publishing, so you can decide if self-publishing is a trick or a treat. Be sure to check out the previous posts about spooky self-publishing statistics, why authors are scared to self-publish, and how to scare away readers.

Pros

  • Freedom of expression — You have complete control over the content of your book. You don’t have to edit your manuscript to meet the opinions of a traditional publisher.
  • You control how your book looks – Everything from the cover to the interior formatting is in your hands. With traditional publishers, authors usually have no say in these decisions.
  • You set your own price — It can be as low or high as you would like, depending on your target audience and goals. Again, this decision is usually not given to the author when working with traditional publishers.
  • You receive 100% of your royalties — There’s no middleman stealing your profits.

Cons

  • No one critiques your manuscript — How can you be sure your story is “worth reading”? You can hire professional editors to review your book, test your manuscript on a group of readers, or ask trusted friends, family, and colleagues for feedback.
  • You don’t have to edit your manuscript — A messy manuscript turns into a poorly-written book that very few people (if any) will want to read. You can choose to hire an editor to prevent this from happening.
  • You control your book’s design — This is great if you’re a designer but not so great if you have limited graphic skills. Again, you may want to hire a professional to help you.

While self-publishing isn’t for everyone, it is a great option for many writers. Only you can decide what is best for you. Talk to other writers. Learn about the industry. Research publishers. Educate yourself, and then trust your decision.

ABOUT JODEE THAYER: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Jodee Thayer works as the Manager of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Jodee Thayer can put you on the right path.

Self-Publishing Week in Review: 10/14/14

As a self-publishing author, you may find it helpful to stay up-to-date on the trends and news related to the self-publishing industry. This will help you make informed decisions before, during and after the self-publishing process, which will lead to a greater self-publishing experience. To help you stay current on self-publishing topics, simply visit our blog every Tuesday to find out the hottest news.

 How a Bestselling Author Revived Her Career by Self-Publishing 

New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge has written 32 novels, sold over a million copies, and been translated into 22 languages. But you won’t find her next novel in a publisher’s catalog: she’s doing it herself. This is an interesting read for all authors.

The Next Wave of Tech Change | Self-Publishing & Libraries

This article discusses how the publishing industry has changed and what it means for libraries and self-publishing. It is a fascinating read for all authors.

Self-Publishing Maturing, Up 17% Last Year in the U.S.

The self-publishing market is entering a new stage of maturity after an initial boom several years ago, according to Bowker’s latest analysis of ISBN registrations in the U.S. from 2008 through 2013. Not all self-published authors obtain ISBNs for their work, but among those that have done so, the number of ISBNs registered in 2013 rose nearly 17% from the previous year. Be sure to check out the full article for more self-publishing statistics.

If you have other big news to share, please comment below.

ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Executive Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at http://kellyschuknecht.com.

Why Authors Are Scared to Self-Publish

Happy October, everyone! In honor of this month, I’ll be sharing Halloween-themed posts each week. Be sure to check out last week’s post about spooky self-publishing statistics. This week, I’ll talk about the haunting thoughts that keep some authors from self-publishing and share why you shouldn’t be scared of this publishing option.

1) The fear of not being taken seriously.

There was a time when self-publishing authors weren’t taken seriously. People referred to self-publishing as vanity publishing, but today, self-publishing is changing the publishing industry. Self-published authors have the opportunity to gain the same credibility and success as traditionally published authors. Many of them earn spots on prestigious lists such as NY Times Bestsellers lists, earn a lucrative income, and win various rewards and other recognitions. If you are willing to make your book professional, you can be taken seriously as a self-published author.

2) The fear of failure.

Some people associate self-publishing with low book sales and income. This is not accurate. It is important to remember that everyone has a different definition of success. Many self-publishing authors don’t publish with the goal of fame and fortune. They might create a book to share with family, or they may simply want to see their story in print and never worry about actually selling it. For these authors, yes, sales and revenue may be low, but there are also countless other self-published authors who strive to be profitable and who successfully do so. The key to self-publishing success is defining your goals and creating a marketing and promotion plan that will help you achieve those goals.

3) The fear of the process.

Self-publishing can seem a little overwhelming. You will be responsible for making a variety of decisions, including cover design, editing, promotion, and pricing. While control is what brings many people to self-publishing, it can feel a little overwhelming to some. Don’t let the process scare you. A good self-publishing company will have a wonderful team to guide you through the process and help you make the best decisions for your project. While you are in control, you are not alone.

I’d love to know, why are you scared of self-publishing?

ABOUT JODEE THAYER: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Jodee Thayer works as the Manager of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Jodee Thayer can put you on the right path.

Spooky Self-Publishing Statistics and Trends 2014

Happy October, everyone! In honor of this month, I’ll be sharing Halloween-themed posts each week. Today, I’ll start with some self-publishing and industry statistics and trends from the most recent data available. The information may shock you, but don’t be afraid; just keep reading.

  • The Big Five traditional publishers now account for only 16% of the e-books on Amazon’s bestseller lists.
  • Self-published books now represent 31% of e-book sales on Amazon’s Kindle Store.
  • Indie authors are earning nearly 40% of the e-book dollars going to authors.
  • Readers prefer longer e-books. The bestselling books tend to be over 100,000 words.
  • Series books outsell standalone books.
  • Pre-orders give authors a sales advantage.
  • Non-fiction earns more at higher prices.
  • The number of self-published titles in 2012 jumped to more than 391,000, up 59 percent over 2011 and 422 percent over 2007.
  • Ebooks continue to gain on print, comprising 40 percent of the ISBNs that were self-published in 2012, up from just 11 percent in 2007.
  • Self-published books’ share of the UK market grew by 79% in 2013.
  • In the UK, print sales fell by 10% last year and book purchasing as a whole was down 4%,  but ebook sales continue to grow.

Being knowledgable of book industry and self-publishing trends and statistics can help you make important decisions as a self-publishing author.

I’d love to know, how do these statistics impact your plans as a self-publishing author?

ABOUT JODEE THAYER: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Jodee Thayer works as the Manager of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Jodee Thayer can put you on the right path.