Did you know the average print book will sell only 500 copies? While some people may get lucky, most will never make enough to recover the advance they get from the agent, a discouraging reality for new writers. A book put online will often make only 500 dollars, which sounds depressing, untill you realize many of the online titles are poorly made books that are from the people who couldn’t get a book deal with an agent. If your book is actually good it has the potential for becoming a success that a traditional publishing firm can’t offer you. They only give you a small cut and keep the rest for marketing, but as a first time, little known author they won’t actually spend a big deal on advertising your book. They spend all the big money on the big name authors that they know will sell well. Would it be better for you to spend a portion of your profits and market a self-published book yourself? The number one and number two spot on Amazons book sales are both self-published authors so it looks as if it might be in your best interest. It’s a lot more work, but you keep the rights to the book and if you do your reasearch and market carefully, you have a chance to succeed!
June 19, 2013
Publishing in the 21st Century. What your agent dosn’t tell you!