Vital stats for Writers!

corrected homework with green check markI recently found in my e-mail box a little note from Smashwords. I hadn’t heard from them in like forever, almost forgotten that I even had books published on their site, so I was really surprised to get an e-mail from them. The message was titled “2017 survey”. To me, that didn’t look too promising. I had no interest in taking yet another scammy survey, and I was just about to delete the e-mail, when I noticed two words– Publishing Statistics.

stack of books on blue fabricThat got my attention. I finally actually read through the message and it ends up that this wasn’t a survey for me to take, it was a survey of all the books sold through Smashwords and their co-distributors (like Barnes and Noble, ibook, ect.) the statistics of those sales, and conclusions that can be drawn from those statistics.

Statistics like, what genre sold the most, what book length sold the most, what title length sold the most,  do series still sell better than stand-alones, does the author make more profit from box-sets or single books. These stats were like a book marketing gold mine!

I know that over the next year, as I work to market the books I already have published and the new books that will be coming out, I will be checking this information all the time. I almost want to just print it out so I always have it on hand.

inside pages of the book A curious incident of the dog in the night timeFor anyone that’s published or signed up for Smashwords, I highly recommend that you check this out, it’s so informative. And they put it in a easy to digest slide-show, which is nice. For anyone that hasn’t published on Smashwords and isn’t really interested in signing up, I’ll put a link below.

I know I’m going to use the price point stats and the title length stats the most. What stats did you find the most useful? Did you revel in the statalicousness, or was it all too much information? Share your thoughts in the comments area below!

Smashwords book sales stats of awesomeness!

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Book marketing for Indie writers

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Once again, I’ve plunged into the world of book marketing to try to learn something new that might help my books reach the readers they were written for. In my wild and wacky journeys I’ve found quite a few good websites and I thought it might be good Karma to share them with you!

Here’s a good one, enjoy!  Just Publishing Advice.com

A writer’s investment

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That’s a big question. How much should a writer invest in making their dream career a reality? I don’t mean the kind of investment that includes time writing and the work involved in developing their skills, which is such a huge topic I would never try to tackle it in one blog post, I’m specifically talking about how much money to spend.

Most people (that aren’t writers) assume that becoming a writer must be one of the cheapest things to do. I know, I used to be one of them. After all, the only thing a writer needs is a pen and some paper, right? How could writing ever be expensive?

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Well, to start with, almost universally writers write on computers, which are not free. Then they need Internet access, because they will need to look something up about every five seconds. Then they’ll need big chunks of quiet time, which usually means babysitters or pet-sitters will need to be hired. Sometimes writers will go so far as to even rent a hotel room just so they can get away and get some writing done.

Of course, they’ll need to subscribe to a wide variety of publications to continue to hone their skills and to keep up to date with the writing community. The publications are rarely free. Not to mention they will want to buy plenty of books in their genre so they can see what their peers are writing.

And then when their manuscript is finally done, that’s only the beginning of the costs of being a writer. For indie writers, they have to start thinking about add campaigns and book store tours, both of which is paid for out of pocket. They can also drum up business by attending conventions. Again, these are rarely free and generally paid out of pocket.

For many, these costs just keep adding up and they find that they can’t afford to keep writing. Sad, isn’t it?

That’s why I think writer’s should see writing as a career like investing on the stock market. Don’t pay more out than you can afford to loose. Because, unfortunately there is no guarantee that all your efforts and financial investments will pay off.

Too bad there’s no such thing as writer’s insurance. So writers could pay one low monthly fee and the insurance would cover the expenses of a writing career. That would be awesome!

If you wish there was such a thing as writer’s insurance or if you’d just like to share your opinion on this, please leave a comment below.