For those of you who have read my previous posts, you know that one of the most prolific and outspoken supporters of indie authors has been Joe Konrath, who is both a traditionally-published and indie-published author. In addition to being an outspoken advocate for indie authors, he’s also a visionary of sorts when it comes to the world of indie publishing, thanks to his years in the trenches.
On December 28, 2013, Joe published his list of predictions for 2014 on his blog, A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing. Some of his predictions are insightful and thought-provoking, to say the least. However, don’t take my word for it – you can judge for yourself by going to his blog at http://jakonrath.blogspot.ca and reading the entire entry for yourself. The following constitutes Joe’s predictions (without his commentary):
1. The end of Barnes & Noble as we know it.
2. Libraries will have the opportunity to buy ebooks at a fair price, with fair usage, directly from authors.
3. Permafree will be monetized.
4. Indie bookstores will need to start selling self-pubbed books or perish.
5. [eBook] Visibility will become harder [as the number of published ebooks grow].
6. Self-publishing will witness a new support industry grow[ing] around it.
7. Big 5 mergers, layoffs and bankruptcies.
8. Interactive media.
9. Amazon will continue to blaze trails.
10. Legacy industry will fight back.
It will be interesting to see how many of his predictions come true in the year ahead. Konrath summarizes by stating: “Change is hard. It’s also inevitable. The best thing you can do right now, as a writer, is look to the future and try to find your place in that future. That might mean you’ll need to forget the past. It also might mean you’ll have to learn to accept, and forgive. In my wildest dreams, I never thought ebooks would come so far, so fast. But in just five years, I believe we’re on the verge of a true paradigm shift. Once the revolution hits a critical mass—which could happen in 2014—there is no going back. The way to succeed in this future is to live in this future. That means continuing to innovate, experiment, and refuse to be satisfied.”
And since there’s nothing more satisfying than starting the New Year off on a positive note, indie author Brenna Aubrey recently had the indie publishing word abuzzing when she posted her one month sales of her new adult book, AT ANY PRICE, on her blog at brennaaubrey.net/2014/01/12/the-first-month-of-publication-a-reckoning/. She disclosed total profits after expenses to the tune of $16,588.79. I’m sure you’ll agree these are impressive sales by anyone’s standards, made all the more so by the fact that her book had been courted by several big publishing houses which had yielded several publishing offers, all of which Brenna Aubrey turned down, preferring to go the indie publishing route. To find out why, be sure to check out Brenna’s story.
If there’s anything to be taken away from Konrath’s predictions or Brenna Aubrey’s success story, it’s that success is possible and is there for the taking – if you want it bad enough and are willing to work for it hard enough. Having said that, let the New Year begin!