Good morning, all! One more week until Christmas! I hope that thought doesn’t strike panic into your soul the same way it does mine.
Over the past week, the WG2E team has been taking stock of their past year and making predictions for 2013. It’s been wonderful reading through the highs — and valuable learning about the lows.
My past year has been a rewarding one: I hit 100,000 ebook sales, had two books in the top 100 on Amazon.co.uk (one’s currently in the top 35 – yay!), had two books in the top 200 on Amazon.com, and secured a foreign rights agent. On the downside, a KDP promotional experiment led to very disappointing results, and I realised sustaining three novels a year is, for me, a very lofty goal indeed.
But none of this would have happened if it hadn’t been for ebooks, Amazon’s KDP, and the rise of self-publishing. In an world without any of that, I’d still be earning meagre print royalties from my publisher, paying rather humiliating visits to high-street branches of the nation’s biggest bookseller to convince them to stock me, and querying agents and publishers with my next novel. Yikes. The very vision makes me shudder!
It was possible to be successful in ‘the old days’, but anyone who has read JA Konrath’s story of selling books from his trunk and criss-crossing the country on endless book tours knows just how difficult it was. Ebooks, global distribution platforms, and social media have all made it possible for authors with little-to-no-budgets to have worldwide distribution and to reach readers like never before.
It’s a whole new world, and as we’ve said plenty of times here, there’s never been a better time to be an author.
But I’m curious: if none of this had happened and the publishing world remained status quo, where do you think you’d be?