Posts Tagged ‘self-publishing’

Interesting news, and a big change for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America:

SFWA Welcomes Self-Published and Small Press Authors!
…the basic standards are $3,000 for novel, or a total of 10,000 words of short fiction paid at 6 cents a word for Active membership.

More information is included in the linked article, and full details will be posted at the SFWA site in March. Given the shifting landscape of publishing and the multitude of ways authors now have to reach an audience, this is great news. If you write and are paid at a professional level, you will be eligible for SFWA membership regardless of venue. All the more reason to keep at it:)

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It’s no great secret that the world of publishing is changing. What is a secret is how much. Is it changing a lot? Has most of the change already happened? What does the future look like?

Hugh Howey released a report on author earnings today, and while I haven’t had time to absorb all the data it looks like a useful and surprising glimpse into the often opaque world of author earnings.

Most self-published authors are, on average, earning more money on fewer books… If I had to guess what the future holds, I would say that the world of literature has its brightest days still ahead.

I’m sure there will be a lot of talk about this online (it’s already started here and here and here, among many other examples), but it’s great that the report was done at all, and that it is posted alongside the data used to produce it. True, Howey is himself the kind of outlier that can skew results and these numbers are from Amazon only, but the report still paints a very interesting picture of how indie publishing is changing.

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