November Report: Rising Tides, Higher Prices & A Lucky Break (Or Two)

November is a curious month, filled with strange American inventions like Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday (also known as National Buy-Yourself-A-Present Day). It’s also traditionally (as in since last year) when e-book sales pick up. At this early stage, new entrants to the market can have a significant effect. New e-reader owners tend to go on binge-buying sprees, which makes sense – they need something to read on their new toy. The real boom starts on December 25th and continues through February. However, a smaller boom starts at some point in November – after all the shiny new e-reader models have been unveiled – and millions of Americans crack under the temptation, forego waiting to see who loves them Read More…

November Report: Rising Tides, Higher Prices & A Lucky Break (Or Two)

November is a curious month, filled with strange American inventions like Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday (also known as National Buy-Yourself-A-Present Day). It’s also traditionally (as in since last year) when e-book sales pick up. At this early stage, new entrants to the market can have a significant effect. New e-reader owners tend to go on binge-buying sprees, which makes sense – they need something to read on their new toy. The real boom starts on December 25th and continues through February. However, a smaller boom starts at some point in November – after all the shiny new e-reader models have been unveiled – and millions of Americans crack under the temptation, forego waiting to see who loves them Read More…

Crowdfunding A Novel – Turning A Profit Before You Publish

Regular readers will know that I always stress the importance of a professional package. This means only publishing your best work and having a great cover, neat formatting, proper editing, and an enticing blurb. Some of that stuff you can do on your own, some (usually covers and editing) you have to pay for. And good work doesn’t come cheap. I also try and remind people that we aren’t just competing against other self-publishers, but against the very best books from traditional publishers. When you take this professional approach, it’s important to recoup your costs as quickly as possible. Then every sale after that is pure profit. One of the competitive advantages that publishers have is the ability to take Read More…