New Stats on Self-publishing and an Author’s Tips on Self-publishing

Publisher’s Weekly reports “Despite the belief in many quarters that the growth of e-books will mean the death of the printed book, the number of books produced by traditional publishers rose 5% in 2010, to a projected 316,480, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday morning from R. R. Bowker. That number, however, is dwarfed by the growth in output of nontraditional titles, which jumped 169% to 2,766,260. As Bowker notes, the majority of nontraditional titles consists largely of print-on-demand editions of public domain titles. Self-published titles are also included in the figure. Based on the preliminary figures, the combination of traditional and nontraditional books totaled a projected 3,092,740 in 2010, up 132% from 2009. Since 2002, the production of traditional books has increased 47%, while nontraditional titles rose 8,460%”

I suppose that proves the book trade can hold strong no matter the state of the economy! Granted, the large numbers stated for non-traditional books are for reprinted copies of public domain titles to accommodate the demand for ebook titles, but self published titles for 2010 showed well also: “The self-publisher companies were topped by CreateSpace at 34,243, followed by Lulu at 11,127.”

I would expect those self-published book numbers to grow by leaps and bounds in 2011. We’ll have to wait and see.

Joanna Penn, author, speaker and media expert, was interviewed by Jim Hopkinson on The Hopkinson Report about the self-publishing of her thriller, Pentecost. In the podcast, she gave an in-depth account of her process and Jim outlined, in print, the highlights of the interview.

Joanna then takes us through …

8 steps needed to self-publish a book

1. Choose your topic
Joanna always wanted to write fiction, and got her inspiration in Venice at the Pentecost dome at St. Marks.
Pro tip: All the top authors think in terms of a series… building a story around a character that readers can follow from story to story. Hook ‘em once, and they’re you’re audience for many books to come.

2. Editing
Joanna stressed the importance of hiring a pro editor. Yes, you can go through your own work, but you’ll miss something.
Pro tip: Release chapters and ideas out to your readers… they’ll help you out, feel involved, and become your biggest fans.

That’s just a teaser…now go to the site here and read the post or listen to the podcast, for the rest of the interview. Joanna always has great tips and you’ll be able to view her book trailer, too. It’s awesome and she made it herself! At the bottom of the post, turning the tables on Jim, is a Skype interview by Joanna with Jim. Don’t fail to check out the news on marketing trends that make up The Hopkinson Report, while you’re there. 

If you’re thinking about self-publishing, another great resource is The Book Designer blog by Joel Friedlander and his book, A Self Publisher’s Companion. Everything you ever wanted to know on the topic.

Are you busy building your author platform? Refer to my last blog post here for links to resources on what that platform should consist of, and here for how to set up a blog, and here for tips on how to write a blog.

Have you self-published your book? Do you have tips to share about the publishing process? Do you have a platform?

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6 thoughts on “New Stats on Self-publishing and an Author’s Tips on Self-publishing

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  3. Isn’t it great? The numbers of readers has gone up and I think that self-publishing with its low cost books can boost that even further! Hope the writing is going well!

  4. What is most encouraging about these stats to me (since I’m still working on finishing the book before I move into choosing a best venue) is the proof that in spite of all the entertainment/enlightenment options out there, people obviously still really want to read : ).

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