interview from James Scott Bell.
For writers wondering whether to self-publish or continue to seek traditional avenues of publication, the May-June 2012 issue of Writer's Digest contains invaluable information, both about making the decision and what needs to be done if the e-publishing route is chosen.
Blogger Porter Anderson attempts to bring more light than heat to the apparent war between the self-published (or "indie-published" if you prefer) and authors published via the traditional route in this post on Writer Unboxed.
But for those who see e-publishing as the road to riches, this latest news may surprise them. The average earnings of a self-published author are about $10 thousand per year--but in that group are a lot of high-earning outliers, with at least half of those who self-publish earning $500 or less! The survey tends to back up what most of us have advocated from the start: the best results come from spending money for professional help--editing, cover art, etc. Sure, it's nice to see your name on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, but it's even nicer to get a royalty check that will make a house payment or two. Just a cautionary note.
Have any of you self-published? What have been your experiences? Any words of wisdom for those who haven't yet dipped their toes into the pool? I'd love to hear from you.
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