The Indie Evolution & Gaining Ground

The Bowker Self Publishing Report came out yesterday and I must say the numbers are quite impressive. The report utilizes data from 2012 so just imagine where we will be in another year or two.

Though this is all very good news I feel the need to highlight an important quote from the article.

“The most successful self-publishers don’t view themselves as writers only, but as business owners,” said Beat Barblan, Bowker Director of Identifier Services. “They invest in their businesses, hiring experts to fill skill gaps and that’s building a thriving new service infrastructure in publishing.”

Treating your writing as a business is not a whimsical little notion. It is vital to your success. This point cannot be stressed enough if we are to be taken seriously.

Lastly I will share a friendly reminder from our FYI page:
We understand the financial strain on most indie authors. Spending a sum of hard earned cash on a service and not sure if you’ll sell a single copy. The whole independent route is stressful but we can’t stress enough the value of editing. If you cannot afford to hire help please [please, please] get more eyes and ideas from a trusted source before you hurry to print.

A bad reputation is much harder to recover from than no reputation at all.

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