If You Go Into The Woods – On Sale Now For 99 Cent

I have some exciting news. I set up my own publishing company – Arriba Arriba Books – to publish my short stories as e-books for $0.99 each. You can read them on your laptop, computer, iPhone, smartphone, iPad, or e-reader. The first release – IF YOU GO INTO THE WOODS – is available now from Amazon. I have a special deal to kick things off – two stories for the price of one – both creepy tales set in a world that’s not quite right. Here’s a quick taste of what you get for $0.99: 

E-Book Sales Explode In The UK – Up 300% in 2010, Children's Up 500%

Last time we talked about how e-book dominance is inevitable, and how the US is leading the charge. Pretty much everyone pegs the UK market as being around a year behind the US. However, latest figures show the gap may be closing. The Publishers Association (PA) has revealed staggering e-book growth in 2010. In figures just released this morning, UK e-book sales – across all categories – have grown to over £16m ($26m), growing by over 300% on 2009 levels. By end of December 2010, they had captured 6% of the market.

E-Book Sales Explode In The UK – Up 300% in 2010, Children’s Up 500%

Last time we talked about how e-book dominance is inevitable, and how the US is leading the charge. Pretty much everyone pegs the UK market as being around a year behind the US. However, latest figures show the gap may be closing. The Publishers Association (PA) has revealed staggering e-book growth in 2010. In figures just released this morning, UK e-book sales – across all categories – have grown to over £16m ($26m), growing by over 300% on 2009 levels. By end of December 2010, they had captured 6% of the market.

Stop Fighting It, E-book Dominance Is Inevitable

I have a confession to make. I’ve never really liked hardbacks. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like looking at them. I like touching them. I like holding them. I think they are beautiful objects. I just don’t like reading from them, they are cumbersome, heavy, uncomfortable to read when lying down, and difficult to lug from place to place. And they are expensive. The cloth cover, acid-free paper, and pristine dust-jacket all cost money. When the publisher factors in storage, delivery, and returns, as well as all those free copies for reviewers and promotions, there are a lot of costs they have to pass on to the reader.

The Future Has Happened Already: E-books Overtake Paperback Sales in the U.S.

E-books are now the #1 selling format in the U.S.  And that’s not just in terms of volume, but in dollars too. The Association of American Publishers (AAP) yesterday released sales figures for the month of February, and I was blown away.  E-book sales (year on year) grew over 200%.  They now comprise 29.5% of the market.  And this is only e-book data from 16 of the biggest publishers reporting versus 84 publishers reporting print data, the real number could be higher. But the headline news was this: e-books are the top-selling format across all trade categories. More than paperback!

Money's Too Tight To Mention

So far we have talked about some of the challenges facing the publishing industry, not least those poised by the digital revolution.  This time I want to talk about money: royalty rates and advances. Royalty Rates. People often ask how much money a writer makes, per copy sold.  The short answer is, not much (and as you will see below, it’s the wrong question).  I think it would be useful to show how the money you hand over for your books is divvied up.

Money’s Too Tight To Mention

So far we have talked about some of the challenges facing the publishing industry, not least those poised by the digital revolution.  This time I want to talk about money: royalty rates and advances. Royalty Rates. People often ask how much money a writer makes, per copy sold.  The short answer is, not much (and as you will see below, it’s the wrong question).  I think it would be useful to show how the money you hand over for your books is divvied up.