Traditional or Self-publish? Some inside information

It can’t have escaped anyone’s notice that when planning to write a book, and (god-willing) get it published, there is at least one major decision that needs to be made; how do I get my book published?

As it stands today, an author with a completed manuscript is essentially standing at a crossroads. Take the left path which is the way to traditional publishing and all of your dreams could come true, providing you can convince the gatekeeper that you have what it takes. Take the right path which is the way to self-publishing and there is no gatekeeper, but neither is there a cover artist, editor, marketing department etc.

So how do you decide?
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Well, I spent some time recently listening to Joanna Penn’s podcast (The Creative Penn) and although she does talk often about this dilemma (being a hybrid author), on this one particular episode she mentioned something called author earnings.

My ears pricked up at that, if only because I needed to know if I could afford a luxury yacht on my first book’s advance. However, the website wasn’t quite what I expected.

Instead of it providing a full breakdown of what authors earn (as if it would!), it contains a whole smorgasbord of information relating to authors and publishing.

Want to read a report about Amazon’s top 7000 e-book sales? You can read it here

Want to read a report about Amazon’s top 50000 e-book sales? You can read it here

Want to read a report about Barnes & Noble? You can read it here.

For anyone that is remotely interested in how the publishing world is changing, I wholly recommend this website. It is very much American-based but the principles are still sound. The reports are detailed, easy to read and provide a wealth of information that would take months to collate normally.

Now, if only I could finish that bloody book….

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