3 Questions that Require Some Thought

The following are questions posed by Nicholas Rossis.  Check out his blog and books!

  • Have you noticed any changes in the publishing industry and in the way people treat Indie authors in your short time as an author?

It’s hard to say because I spent my first year getting a feel for everything.  Things do seem to be slower and I’ve seen a lot of Indie Authors quit in 2014 because sales dried up or things stopped being fun.  Yet, I couldn’t say for sure if this is a real change or simply part of a cycle.  I have seen people take it differently.  Some scramble after the current trend in writing, others stick to their guns, and some just walk away.  It’s really been a trying year in terms of holding onto positive thoughts.  At least for me since I’m no longer the new kid who can get readers through ‘hey a fresh face’ curiosity.

In regards to the way people treat Indie Authors, I have seen more people accept the path as a viable author option.  There’s more of an understanding that it’s a risk, books might not be 100% perfect in terms of editing, and you have to sift through junk to find the gems.  Yet there is a growing idea that the independent circuit is where you’ll find some off the beaten path ideas and you could be seeing a future big name in the making.  All that being said, there’s still a lot of snobbishness when it comes to books and you’ll always have people who see Indie Authors as losers that couldn’t cut it in the ‘real publishing world’.

  • What directions do you think things will take in the near future?

Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start.

Seriously though, I think we’re going to see a shift and change of the entire industry.  I keep hearing how sales across the board are sluggish, pricing is being debated everywhere, mainstream authors are going indie, and everyone is wondering what the future will hold.  I can’t be sure of where it will go because I only have influence over my own path.  For example, the finale of the Amazon/Hachette fight that has been in the news could change the landscape.  No idea of the impact this change will have on me until it occurs, so I won’t really guess.

I think I’ve started falling into the mindset that I just want to write, publish, and promote my books.  That’s where my interest lies and I have my head in Windemere so much that I couldn’t make any clear future predictions.  Besides, I’m starting to believe that the future is entirely fluid and all one can do is hope they go up.  It does seem to be things will eventually head in that direction, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s an upheaval that knocks over the entire checkerboard.

  • Where have you found it’s best to advertise your books?

I always say that this comes down to personal preference.  I use WordPress, Twitter, and Facebook more than anything else.  Out of those, I get more reactions from the first two than the third.  Facebook seems to have a lot of people who see you post in a promo group and they’ll message you asking to promote your book to all their friends.  I got two of those from two different people and they were verbatim, so I really have no idea what’s up with that.

Beyond social media, I have a list of advertising sites that I use.  I always recommend checking them and looking through some entries to get a feel for the site.  For example, AskDavid.com and Goodkindles require personalized blurbs.  Some people find this too much work and others will enjoy it.  Something else to consider is how many books on a site share your genre.  You might think it’s good to go for a site where there aren’t many in your field, but I’ve been finding that it pays to be in an area that has a modest amount of similar genres.  A reason for this is because the more there are, the higher the chance of those genre fans coming to the site.  I mean, if you’re the lone fantasy story on a romance site then you could stand out, but most people will be there for romance.

Here is a link to my page with advertising sites.

Thank you to Nicholas for the fun questions.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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19 Responses to 3 Questions that Require Some Thought

  1. MM Jaye says:

    Awesome Q&A! Thanks for sharing your insight, Charles!

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  2. You make so many good points. My sister shared something with me recently that said that sales might be sluggish because the market is becoming over saturated. It’s going to be harder, so it’s going to be more important than ever for writers to put out quality products.

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    • The oversaturation is definitely going to pose a problem. I remember seeing a Yahoo article this summer about how Romance was still going strong with other genres getting sluggish. Within a week, I saw a bunch of authors who never touched the genre promoting a 99 cent romance or a few people trying to tell me to go that route. Fantasy seems to be getting a really big influx of authors too. It wasn’t this competitive earlier in the year, but I think the rise of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ has brought more attention.

      I’m curious to see who is still standing when the bubble bursts.

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  3. In the early days, many readers weren’t aware of self-publishing. Then the word about self-publishing spread. At first, there was a wave of success that attracted the masses. Part of that mass earned a negative reputation, and the traditional publishing industry tried to use that to give self-publishing a bad rap, but it doesn’t seem to have worked: (1) There are millions of people who either are self-published authors, or who are friends or family of indie authors, so much support is inherently there. (2) Many successful indie authors have helped to brand a positive image for how good self-published books can be, and since this cream rose to the top, it was a big impact. (3) Some customers shelled out big money for traditionally published e-books, only not to get the quality they expected from the price, which brought many to give self-publishing a chance. I think the worst is behind us, image- and respect-wise.

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    • Interesting history. I always got the feeling that there was success in painting indie authors with a bad reputation, but it’s only recently that things have been changing. A few successes started the move and now you’re seeing even more. Though there are still some bad ones out there that seem to garner attention at times. It will be interesting to see what happens in a few years.

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    • Chris, I agree with you. As a web-developer, I’m reminded of the many horror stories that appear periodically on how the Internet is over-saturated, the name system (DNS) will fail from day to day, the skies will fall and our dogs will fall prey to wild otters or something.

      What these “predictions” fail to take into account is that, the more people join a bandwagon, the more they pool together their resources. When there were X amount of Internet users, there were Y amount of servers. When the doomsayers “predicted” that the Internet’s about to go bust, they assumed that the same number of servers would need to serve ten, twenty or a hundred times as many users. However, each user paid for domain, hosting, Internet access etc, and the ISPs were able to increase their resources to match demand.

      I believe the same is true of pretty much every human endeavor. The more people get self-published, the more their families and friends will learn of this. This has happened with me; people who never bought books are now buying mine. Do they only do this to support me? Sure, some do. But others come to me and start discussing my plots or my characters. They make suggestions on how I could improve the books, which always prompts the reply, “why don’t you do that with your book?”

      Some are actively considering it.

      My point is that we’re not solitary creatures, operating in a void. We influence people, and our passions ignite other people’s passions. Some people ask me, “so what happens when everyone has published a book?” To which I reply, “Since I became an author, I’ve been reading ten times as many books as before. I hope and pray for the day when everyone publishes a book!”

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  4. Charles, many thanks for the interesting responses to my questions! I hope I didn’t actually phrase the first one as “in your short time as an author”. I probably meant it as a comment on how fast things change in this industry, but it sounds just awful! 😀

    I particularly liked your comment, “I think I’ve started falling into the mindset that I just want to write, publish, and promote my books.” Well said, mate! 🙂

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