There has been a lot of ballyhoo lately about Amazon’s algorithms, what it means for indie authors. And there have been many blog posts about this. And here’s one more :). Seriously, rather than wax poetic about this, let me make a few points and then let you read some of those posts (they said it all, I give them the credit) Read the posts…they pertain to you and your potential sales.
Indie Authors and Sales
It seems that Amazon’s algorithms may be changing, not just for free books but also for lower priced books. See Phoenix Sullivan’s post about agency pricing and how this might affect indie authors, and Edward Robertson’s post about Amazon pricing. It doesn’t bode well for the indie author…
Indie Authors and The Agency Price Scandal
On a side note, but somewhat related, if you haven’t kept up on the agency price scandal, the DOJ suit, and a letter sent by the AAR (Association of Author Representatives) just check JA Konrath’s blog (I don’t visit his site often because I got tired of his oft-repeated message that the agency model doesn’t work anymore, but his latest post is worth reading). A simplified and easier post to read is here, by Dean Wesley Smith. Another post worth reading, that has a letter to the DOJ on it (and it’s worth signing) is by David Gaughran.
Indie Authors and Self-Publishing
The publishing world is changing. No one seems to know where things will be in a month, a week, a day…what is the impact for indie authors? One, I do think that genre helps significantly in terms of sales (romance seems to be killing it right now). Also, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (can’t find the post lol), you will have more and more competition from mainstream-published authors who are jumping ship and self-publishing. And they already bring name recognition (i.e. they are ahead of the game and will outsell you based on that alone). Read this post by Terri Giuliano Long for some thoughts and evidence of that. I also think it will become less attractive to publish books (what, it really is this hard and now I’m being pushed out by Amazon?). What can indie authors do?
Indie Authors and Show Me The Money – Not
Don’t look to make money at this. It’s funny, I see so many new authors, those that have recently jumped on the indie bandwagon, hoping for success. Guess what? Not only doesn’t it happen now, it never did! If you’ve ever attended writers’ conferences, especially back before there was Amazon and ebooks, the adage was don’t quit your day job. Most authors don’t make money at this. They write because they love storytelling (I couldn’t stop writing if I tried – I always end up back at it). But if you hope to make money, increase your chances…
Indie Authors and Your Writing
We indie authors can’t control what Amazon does, or any other seller. We can’t control agents, publishers or readers. The ways to sell books will change faster than…I don’t know, it just changed :). You can control your writing: how much you write, how good your writing is, how you hired a quality editor to make your writing better. Start there, and let the chips fall where they may.
What do you think?