Here are the stats:
In 2010, Apple sold 15 million IPads,
Amazon sold eight million Kindle books,
and Borders is closing 224 stores.
Soon digital books will become the norm
and paper books will be a niche market.
The future for writers is in self-publishing
A bandwagon I'm jumping on with both feet.
The digital eBook market players are Amazon's Kindle,
Amazon being the heavy hitter.
Look at the prices!
Books for free, books for $1.99, books for $2.99,
and some of these new indie writers are damn good!
A popular pricing strategy is to price books
at $.99 or to give them away until you gain a following.
Sooner or later the John Grishams and James Pattesons
will have to join up.
It's a new world and the coolest thing is that I am in charge.
I write the book, I hire or design the cover, I hire or format
the book, I download it to one of the above 3—or all three—
I set the price and I get to keep most of the money!
Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Book Bloggers. . .
these are my marketing tools.
Gone are agents, publishers, query letters, book proposals,
rejections, 16% royalties, and traveling book signings.
It used to be I couldn't get a book to a reader without
the blessing of a publisher.
All that has changed.
I attend Joe Konrath University.
I have two books looking for a formatter,
one nearly completed that will also be looking for a formatter,
and two more that need to be written.
I am currently in the process of getting estimates from formatters:
Here is the advice I've received for eBook success
1. Write a damn good book.
2. Make sure it has professional cover art.
3. Keep price under $4.
4. Have flawless formatting.
5. Write a good product description.
6. Upload to Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.
7. Repeat. Over and over, until the world can no longer ignore your work.
What have I got to lose?