One Writer’s Tale of Self-Publishing

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

In 2009, 76% of all books released were self-published, according to Publishers Weekly. The number of self-published print and e-books continue to grow exponentially while the number of books issued by traditional publishers declines. This trend is being fostered by both independent authors and the new wave of print on demand (POD) publishers who publish books for would-be authors lacking the technical skills to otherwise self-publish.

Article: Self-Publishing, Author Services Open Floodgates for Writers

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Mid-level authors already know that the era of large advances, generous royalties, book tours and media spots are over. Publishers just don't have the resources to offer them full support. The Internet, online bookstores, e-books, and an economy in decline are cited as some root causes of the steady slump in the traditional publishing industry. Tags: Self-Publishing & Print On Demand

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Authors versus publishers in the digital age

Max Atkinson

As many of you will know, there's quite a debate going on about Google's plan to make every book ever published available online. Although publishers are making a lot of noise about it, they've stayed remarkably quiet about another wheeze they've been exploiting since the digital age got under way - and about which they haven't bothered to tell their authors. for last year's royalties on the book, which they're now selling at an RRP of £18.99 (or £16.54

How the Professionals Make Money

The Speaker Point

They write it, publish it, and carry it around, as my friend Seth puts it, “as a business card to get speaking gigs.” With royalty for first-time authors between 6% and 10% of the net receipts, the total amounts to about $1 per book going to the author. On the other hand, if you self publish, you stand a chance at making significantly more money if you know how to promote yourself. Great job Alex – this was a well written article!

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Book Authors Now Earn $17,500 Annually (Authors Guild Survey)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It has become equally hard to make a buck from freelancing articles. Picking up assignments writing for my own byline for The New York Times or publishing books was fun. In addition, the royalties for syndicating my three blogs ( here and here are the other two) are also increasing.

"Creations must make money indirectly, by promoting sales of something else," Paul Krugman

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  In an article  for THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, MIT economist Paul Krugman put it best: "Creations must make money indirectly, by promoting sales of something else."   My example is the book published to bring in business for the consultant, lecture fees for the motivational speaker, and believers for a spiritual or religious organization.    But Anderson published "The Long Tail" in 2006. 

WIRED, THE NEW YORKER, VANITY FAIR, VOGUE - They'll probably die in that order

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  And, in Fishman's article, Carter makes the valid point that monthlies still have a role to play in the media mix.    The residents of that nation are seriously looking at a world without royalty.    Likewise, it's hard to imagine a Manhattan without publishers and editors who can only exist by making the rest of us feel less-than.  PORTFOLIO was supposed to be given five years to prove itself in the marketplace. 

Market Your Book with a Movie Trailer

For more details, see Jeffs article in John Kremers Book Marketing Tip of the Week newsletter.) Each cost the publisher about 30% of the books marketing budget to produce.