INDIES LOSE HUGE PERCENTAGE OF MARKET SHARE
2.5 years of continuous growth and sadly the indie boom is over. Since May 2016, indies have lost 10% of the market share, finding unit sales and gross $ losses. Interestingly, it's not the trad pubs that have gained the most market; it's Amazon imprints and small/medium pubs. The Author Earnings Report
doesn't have the answers and only speculates as to the causes. But it is a HIGHLY fascinating report and I strongly recommend you read it.
BOOKBUB'S BITCHY BOOBOO
Aside from the major retailers, Bookbub remains the biggest influencer when it comes to book sales. That's why so many authors strive to get a Bookbub. But The Author Earnings Report
goes on to analyse the deals and actual sales from Bookbub deals. The news is not good for us indies. The graphs in the report are frankly shocking.
"As a cohort, indies are being accepted for less than half as many discounted BookBub deals as they were 2 years ago… and because of the categories those indie deals now mostly end up in selling only a third as many BookBub-listed books."
In summary, if you're an indie and you want a Bookbub you better work twice as hard. Oh, and it helps if you write in particular genres: "Crime Fiction, Mysteries, Thrillers, or Contemporary Romance."
ULTIMATE PUBLISHING CHECKLIST
Worried you might forget a media platform or overwhelmed by the options on all the different print on demand sites? Check out this awesome self-publishing checklist
. I've printed it to study in depth.
NaNoWriMo IS BACK
If you have a burning desire to just fucking finish your novel and you keep procrastinating, then NaNo might be the solution for you. 'National Novel Writing Month
' is a month long challenge to write 1667 words a day, EVERY DAY for the month of November. You get support from fellow writers and shiny badges for hitting word counts. I entered and won my personal challenge in 2014. Give it a go.