Today’s Daily Mail has an article regarding Amazon’s statement that a quarter of the company’s 100 bestselling books are by indie authors. The figures pertain to the USA, however it is believed that similar statistics apply as regards the United Kingdom. There are, perhaps not surprisingly a lot of sour grapes in the comments following on from the article, to the effect that all indie works are of inferior quality and “real” authors are published by established publishing houses. In reality there are, of course poor quality works in the indie sector and that of traditional publishing. The article provides hope for all us self-published authors and those considering self-publishing. For the article please visit http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2518546/Amazon-reveal-quarter-100-Kindle-books-written-self-published-indie-authors.html
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Thanks for sharing this information Kevin 🙂
You are welcome Chris. It was also in The Guardian. The Mail did, I think derive it from there. All the papers seem to feed off one another!
This is awesome! How encouraging! Thank you for sharing this! 🙂
Yes it is great news. Many thanks for your comment and for following my blog, Kevin
You’re welcome! 🙂
I am so glad that you posted this Kevin – I shall pop over and read the article now. Amazing that we are looking at 25% for indie authors, we just need to encourage more people to believe in us and get that closer to 50% or higher. I still think, from what you have said about the comments on the article itself, that we have a bit of a mountain to climb. That stigma just won’t shift! 🙂
Many thanks for your comment Jade. I agree that we still have a bit of a mountain to climb. We are, however getting there! Best, Kevin
Nice. Just goes to show you the power of the internet and the power the individual has. Really cool, always had a feeling indie publishing would strike back against the big guys. Good to see.
Many thanks for commenting. Yes it is, indeed good news. Best, Kevin
Were it not for the power of the internet Indie authors would always be treated as vanity publishers and given no credence. Now however, the power of our voices and the power of that of our readers is being heard at last. I agree we have poor quality Indie writers but no less so in the traditional field. I recently read one popular author whose books are very derivative and weak yet he’s promoted as different. I think indie sales are set to rise again over Christmas and the new influx of Kindle readers try us out and find authors worth following.
Thanks for sharing the article.
Many thanks for your comment. You make a good point about the power of the internet. I will be sure to check out your blog. Best, Kevin
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Definitely going to be looking more in to this!
Amazing. I have a sister who self-published a couple novels before having one published in book format. She’s been trying to convince me to publish a children’s story I’m working on. Thank you for liking my blog posts.
Many thanks for your comment. That is great news, congratulations to your sister. My advice is go ahead and publish your story. The very best of luck, Kind regards, Kevin