How are you doing as a self-publisher?
It’s a hard question to answer isn’t it? What are you measuring against?
Steven Lewis, better known as The Taleist to many of you, is taking a professional snapshot of the self-publishing industry.
There are self-publishing authors like JA Konrath, Amanda Hocking, John Locke and (on a smaller but perfectly formed scale) Joanna Penn who are generous with their figures but they’re selling books from the tens of thousands to the millions. So does that mean you’re a failure if your figures are more modest? Or are you actually doing better than most? What is the average royalty earning for self-publishing authors? How long does it take for a self-published book to reach peak sales?
What are the most successful authors doing to market their books?
The Taleist 2012 Self-Publishing Survey will have the answers.
Steven has partnered with Dave Cornford, an experienced consumer researcher and himself a self-publishing author and designed a survey that asks:
Who is self-publishing? (age, sex, background, experience)
How are we doing it? (full time, part time, on what platforms)
Why are we doing it? (can’t find a publisher, had a publisher but preferred to go indie, indie all the way!)
What’s working for us? (having more books for sale, marketing like a fiend, giving books away)
How are we doing? (sales and revenue)
Drawing on Dave’s experience we’re asking these questions in a way that we can follow all sorts of interesting threads, like looking for what successfully self-publishing authors have in common.
We need your help.
There are 61 questions in the survey so it will take you a little time to complete it but just imagine how useful it will be to have a professional snapshot of what our “industry” looks like and whether you’re on the right path.
The target is to reach 1,000 self-published authors to have a truly meaningful amount of data to work from. To do that we need your help.
If you would like to assist, please go to The Taleist 2012 Self-Publishing Survey to participate in this worthwhile project.