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Author Earnings ~ “…Turning of the Tide…?”


I’ve posted before about Hugh Howey‘s initiative Author Earnings.

Here’s the site explanation

“Our purpose is to gather and share information so that writers can make informed decisions. Our secondary mission is to call for change within the publishing community for better pay and fairer terms in all contracts. This is a website by authors and for authors.”

Today’s post will share a few of the highlights from Author Earning’s October Report

“During the five short months since May, it seems that indies have somehow lost their market share gains of the preceding 18 months. This has been counterbalanced to a limited extent by a slight uptick in traditionally-published unit sales: both Big Five and Small/Medium Traditional Publishers have each gained roughly 1% in market share. But most of the lost indie market share seems to have instead gone to Amazon Imprints, who have gained a whopping 4% in market share.”

Might be hard to believe; but, that’s not as bad as it may sound…

“Despite the Big Five’s slight uptick in unit-sales market share, their share of consumer ebook dollars has continued to drop—albeit less steeply than in previous quarters.”

And…

“…the biggest recent winners seem to be the Small/Medium publisher authors, whose share of total Kindle author earnings has surpassed 20% for the first time.”

Taking the link to the October Report will give you a huge amount of information and speculation…

For non-link-takers, I’ll finish with:

“We have no idea whether this reversal represents the new normal—no clue at all whether what we’re seeing is a single-quarter blip before the previous relentless market-share shift toward non-traditional ebooks resumes; or whether we are seeing the true beginning of a turn in the digital book tide.

“But regardless, if you’re a traditionally published author of longstanding tenure, this change is probably good news.

“On the other hand, if you’re a relatively new traditionally published author or traditional publishing aspirant, the news is a whole lot less exciting. Because it seems the benefits of this recent increase in traditional ebook market share are not being felt equally by all authors…”

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Is Amazon Becoming A “Traditional” Publisher?


Amazon Publishing

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Lots of folks know that authors can self-publish through Amazon with Kindle Direct, CreateSpace, and ACX.

I wonder how many know that Amazon is also acting just like the traditional publishers.

An article from The New York Times, back in 2011, entitled, Amazon Signs Up Authors, Writing Publishers Out of Deal, had this to say:

“’Everyone’s afraid of Amazon’, said Richard Curtis, a longtime agent who is also an e-book publisher. ‘If you’re a bookstore, Amazon has been in competition with you for some time. If you’re a publisher, one day you wake up and Amazon is competing with you too. And if you’re an agent, Amazon may be stealing your lunch because it is offering authors the opportunity to publish directly and cut you out.'”

Here are Amazon Publishing‘s Imprints:

  • AmazonEncore (Rediscovered Works)
  • AmazonCrossing (Translated Works)
  • Thomas & Mercer (Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense)
  • Montlake Romance (Romance)
  • 47North (Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror)
  • Little A (Literary Fiction)
  • Skyscape (Teen and Young Adult)
  • Two Lions (Children’s Picture Books, Chapter Books, and Novels)
  • Jet City Comics (Comics and Graphic Novels)
  • Lake Union Publishing (Contemporary and Historical Fiction, Memoir and Popular Nonfiction)
  • StoryFront (Short Fiction)
  • Grand Harbor Press (Personal Growth and Self-Help)
  • Waterfall Press (Christian Nonfiction and Fiction)
  • Amazon Publishing (Nonfiction, Memoirs, and General Fiction)

I’ll pull just one of those imprints out of the list and explore it further—StoryFront“…quality short fiction across all genres…”—“…home of Day One, a weekly digital literary journal…”

Day One, which I receive on my Kindle, is “…dedicated to short fiction from debut writers, English translations of stories from around the world, and poetry. Day One showcases just one writer and poet each week…”.

It costs $1.59 a month, with the first 30 days free

According to information from GalleyCat, writers and poets can submit to Day One by emailing a word document (along with a brief description and author bio) to dayone-submissions@amazon.com.
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