Monday, June 11, 2012

PW reports on self-publishing

A recent Publishers’ Weekly article provided some interesting statistics on self-publishing from BookExpo America:

In 2011, authors released 211,269 self-published titles (based on ISBNs). Compare that to 2010, when 133,036 self-pubbed titles released.

Wow. Quite an increase.

I was surprised that, on average, a self-pubbed fiction book costs $6.94 (none of mine cost more than $3.99 – a bargain!).

With all those other titles flooding the market, no wonder my books are like droplets in the ocean. But readers in the U.S., U.K. and even Germany are finding my books, and I'm getting wonderful feedback. I'm so grateful to you all.

Other news

It will be a slow blogging week. On Wednesday, I'll provide the link and a gentle urging for you to download Orion Rising during its free run on Amazon.

I'm excited that Dancing With the Devil's now available on Smashwords, and will soon trickle out to the affiliate sites like B&N and Sony, etc. It's no longer under the exclusive Amazon deal.

Unless I receive news on one of the subs currently out there, I probably won't have a Friday post. I may be taking a hiatus soon. I haven't been able to come up with interesting news for posts, and always feel like I'm blogging on the fly with my crazy schedule. Or I may recycle some older popular posts. I'm kind of in a bleh place right now and don't want to drag anyone along with me.

Saturday I'll be part of the Supernatural Saturday event at the Holly Inn, and I'll be focusing on preparations this week.

Busy busy! But I'll catch up with you at some point. :)


Jeremy Bates said...

Wow! That's a lot of self-pubbed books! I didn't realize there were so many. I can only imagine what next year will bring. 400,000? Wow.

Cate Masters said...

Or more, I bet. And that's not counting the small online presses - I can only imagine how many books they released.

Maria Zannini said...

A hiatus is usually a good thing. I try to take one every summer. So many people are gone anyway on vacation or with their kids.

Bloggers need time off too. :)

Cate Masters said...

Yep, always good to recharge the batteries and refocus.

LD Masterson said...

Those numbers are mind-boggling. Glad your readers are still finding you.

Take the re-charge time, we'll be here when you get back.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

As long as you are reaching readers and selling books, it's a good thing!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I thought I was the only one searching for interesting blog posts. Keep in touch.