In 2018, U.S. book publishers had a net revenue of $25.82 billion and sold 2.71 billion units, according to the Association of American Publishers’ StatShot Annual Report for Calendar Year 2018 just released. Unlike measures that rely solely on sales data, the StatShot Annual Report combines annual data submitted by publishers with market modeling to estimate the total volume of the U.S. publishing industry.
Here are a few highlights from the report:
Overall, total book revenue has …
Each month, I roll up my sleeves and put on my think cap on the second Saturday for any author or author-in-the-works to come over, hang out, and ask questions about publishing. Would that be something you would like to be involved with? You can … and I’ve been offering this to Colorado authors for several years. Fifteen years ago, … I called them Armchairs … then Circles … and now, I’m transitioning to SALONS …
It’s your lucky weekend … Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd is offering two of her multiple award-winning books for only 99 cents each (or both for $1.80).
It’s a “your choice … you choose” approach.
You’ve got Judith at your side. As The Book Shepherd, publishing expert and author of 37 books, she knows what the roadblocks and pitfalls are that authors encounter. And now, you will know, too and what to do when you encounter them.
The Book Shepherds: Why should you write a book? The Credibility Factor
#2 Your book creates The Creditibility Factor. Creating a book with substance and quality says reams about whom and what you are. You’ve done the research; you’ve done a study;
What a tangled web they weave … In the past two months, I’ve worked with several private clients and fielded numerous phone calls/emails from authors who have issues with their “publishers.” In all cases, they’ve been duped.
Moving from Wannabe Author to the Real Thing
It never fails … at every conference Judith speaks at, multiple attendees will say, “I can’t believe you’ve written all these books … I wish I could write a book.” And she always responds, “Why not … you can.”
Is there a book in you?
The Book Shepherds on Publishing: which is for you?
I’m afraid you are in for a rude awakening if you go the traditional route. Yes, you can get the attention of an agent and publisher with 60,000 book sales—especially since the traditional publishing averages LESS than 5,000. What’s motivating you—maybe ego? Do you think there will be less work on your side involved with creating sales? Maybe you think a publisher will promote like hell? Think again.
Why so many authors think that their friend who teaches literature at the local college, or their sister who loves everything they write and do is the perfect editor for their work is beyond me. Your editor can make or break your work—she can shape and shore it up … or, put in some commas and check your spelling. There are now more self and independent published books than those produced by the traditional NY houses—and too, too many have minimal, if any, editing. Think “ruthless editing.” Cut and shape, hire a pro—and, when in doubt, cut it out.