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Old 21st October 2009, 09:49 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Re: Self-Publishing . . . the numbers . . .

I read recently that ebooks are surging. Sales in August were up something like 189%. I think that there will also be a role for traditional publishing for blockbuster authors, but those who write for mid-list niche markets are better off self-publishing.

I respect those who go the traditional route, but I've chosen to go with an ebook only release. The numbers aren't spectacular but I'm in it more for the readership, so I've been giving out lots of free coupons.
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Old 21st October 2009, 10:06 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Oops. I commented in error.
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Old 21st October 2009, 10:10 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Old 22nd October 2009, 03:30 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I've sold fewer than 100 copies, but my lulu rank is inside the top 250!!! I've also been speaking to a few of the chaps on absolutewrite (the guys behind Atlanta Nights), and their book is inside the top 100 despite selling surprisingly few too...
People aren't too sure how Lulu's sales rank really works. I've heard from a couple of people that it's not based on how many copies are being sold, rather the money that it is generating.

But my sales rank on Lulu hasn't shifted for months and months, despite my sales going up, so I just ignore it now.

My rank on Book Depository is of constant amusement to me, though: some mornings it has gone up 1,500 places and other times (such as this morning) it has shot up 20,000 places. Always funny.

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Old 22nd October 2009, 11:17 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I was in London last week and noted Charing Cross Road Blackwells have a 'Books on Demand' machine chugging away towards the back. First one I'd seen. If it takes off then self publishers should benefit.
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Old 22nd October 2009, 11:31 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Did you get a chance to see any of its output, Roy?


(I'm assuming the reference to chugging mwans that it was not just idling.)
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Old 23rd October 2009, 11:02 AM   #37 (permalink)
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I've seen it too. The quality of the prints isn't amazing. Lightning Source does a better job in my humble opinion.
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Old 5th November 2009, 04:58 PM   #38 (permalink)
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It's quiet in here! Everyone still alive?
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