Steven Lewis‘s Taleist is administering a self-publisher survey. The results will be informative and helpful to self-publishers everywhere, and can be viewed immediately upon completing the survey, so please consider participating. From the site:
How are you doing as a self-publisher? It’s a hard question to answer isn’t it? What are you measuring against?
There are self-publishing authors like JA Konrath, Amanda Hocking, John Locke and (on a smaller but perfectly formed scale) Joanna Penn who are generous with their figures but they’re selling books from the tens of thousands to the millions. So does that mean you’re a failure if your figures are more modest? Or are you actually doing better than most? What is the average royalty earning for self-publishing authors? How long does it take for a self-published book to reach peak sales?
What are the most successful authors doing to market their books?
The Taleist 2012 Self-Publishing Survey will have the answers
- Who is self-publishing? (age, sex, background, experience)
- How are we doing it? (full time, part time, on what platforms)
- Why are we doing it? (can’t find a publisher, had a publisher but preferred to go indie, indie all the way!)
- What’s working for us? (having more books for sale, marketing like a fiend, giving books away)
- How are we doing? (sales and revenue)
Drawing on Dave’s experience we’re asking these questions in a way that we can follow all sorts of interesting threads, like looking for what successfully self-publishing authors have in common.
We need your help
There are 61 questions in the survey so it will take you a little time to complete it but just imagine how useful it will be to have a professional snapshot of what our “industry” looks like and whether you’re on the right path.
Our target is to reach 1,000 self-published authors to have a truly meaningful amount of data to work from. To do that we need your help.
We’re asking the self-publishing community to:
- Fill in the survey now!
- Share a link with your networks on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, word-of-mouth (e.g. by using the friendly icons below to link back to this post)