Considering ebook publishing? It’s taking off. Keep in mind that if you’re a self publishing author, you’re a publisher too.
I’ve long been a fan of mystery novelist Julie Smith. Her books are engaging, and enjoyable reads. These days, Julie Smith is also an ebook publisher at booksBnimble.
According to this article, she invested $50,000 in her publishing business, which is growing steadily:
At first, the sales trickled in. Four or five in one week. Four or five in a day. As she added more authors, she also acquired the rights to her backlist, renewing sales of her own novels.
Interest in the company’s roster swelled: 2,700 copies sold in 2011, 17,900 sold in 2012, and 98,800 sold last year, according to figures provided by Smith.
Which goes to show, in ebook publishing, as with any business, you need to be patient and wait for the business to grow.
By the way, if you write mystery novels, Julie is currently accepting submissions.
I love this book guarantee on their About page: “We’ll give you your money back if you find as many as five errors. (That’s five verified errors–punctuation or spelling that leaves no room for judgment calls or alternatives.)”
Ebook publishing: if you’re an ebook author, you’re a publisher too
Self publishing authors can learn a lot from Julie Smith’s commitment to quality. All books need editors, and that includes self published books. Can’t afford professional editing? You can always trade editing tasks with a fellow author, if money’s tight.
You can also take to heart that you’re running a business, and as you can see from booksBnimble, businesses take time to grow. That doesn’t mean you need to rush and self publish your ebooks before they’re ready. However, the more ebooks you have available, the more you will sell.
Some readers will buy everything you write. I’m very much like that — if I enjoy an author, I’ll buy every book on Amazon.
It makes me laugh when I read that “too many books” are being published. As a voracious reader, who reads around ten books a week, I know that’s nonsense. Readers know what they enjoy, and are always looking for new authors they can glom onto.