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Daily Archives: December 4, 2015

Authors Finding Readers

Since I’ve been serially posting three of my works over at Wattpad, I’ve adopted, finally, one of the key methods for finding readers—reading what they wrote and commenting on it, Sincerely… smashwords

Of course, not all readers are writers (though, the way things are going, that may not be true in 100 years…).


My interest perked-up when I saw that Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords had written the article, 2015 Smashwords Survey Reveals Insights to Help Authors Reach More Readers.

And, even though I’m a writer in RealLife, in this BlogLife I’m more the reporter/commentator; so, I’ll give you some choice excerpts from Mark’s article, with a bit of my commentary

Early on in the article, Mark says:

“The survey is based on over $25 million in actual verified ebook sales data, aggregated across the Smashwords distribution network between April 2014 and March 2015.”

And, in case you’ve never rubbed up against Smashwords, he then mentions where those sales occurred:

“…Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, the Smashwords Store, Scribd, OverDrive, Amazon (a small subset of our titles), Baker & Taylor Axis 360, Blio, Oyster, Flipkart and Inktera.”

And, because this is partly a promo to encourage writers to consider Smashwords as their publishing platform and partly a bare intro to all the info Mark shares in the slide presentation below, I’ll quickly share the titles of the bullet points for the key findings and then step out of the way

1.  Wow, preorders

2.  Series with free series starters earn more money

3.  Free still works to build readership

4.  Longer books sell better than shorter books

5.  $3.99 remains the sweet spot for full length indie fiction. [don’t forget, Mark’s talking about only e-books…]

6.  99 cents is still good for building readership

7.  Avoid $1.99

8.  Bestselling authors and social media

9.  Top 10 Fiction categories during the one year period

10.  Top 10 Non-fiction categories during the one year period

Well, I think those last two bullet point titles will yank a few folks over to read the full article :-)

And, here’s Mark’s slide presentation:

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