Self-Pub: “The sky isn’t falling. The world is turning.”

Via Hugh Howey:

You may have heard the sky is falling. You may have heard that the self-publishing gold rush is over. There have been a number of forum threads, blogs, and articles about this lately. I’ve been mulling over whether there’s truth to the claims that everything is getting worse for indies. And naturally I have few thoughts:

My first thought is that self-publishing is maturing, which means it’s beginning to share some of the cynicism seen among many traditional writers. There’s a big difference in the subject of this cynicism, however. Forums for authors with traditional publishing aspirations have long been peppered with threads about the query grind, the rejection letters and emails that pile up from agents and publishers, and the desire to quit and give up on the hopes of ever making it as a writer.

Hugh Howey’s perspective on this is motivating and extremely helpful, so Make sure to read his entire post by clicking the link above.

Hugh Howey On The Liliana Nirvana Technique

Via Hugh Howey’s Official Site:

So what exactly is it?

The idea is this: Annual releases are too slow to build on one another. And not just in the repetition of getting eyeballs on your works, but in how online recommendation algorithms work. Liliana suggests publishing 5 works all at once. Same day. And she thinks you should have another work sitting there ready to go a month later. While these works are gaining steam, write the next work, which if you write and edit in two months, will hit a month after the “hole” work.

Why does this work? I think it has to do with “impressions,” or the number of times people see a product before they decide to take a chance on it. (In this case, the product is your name.) It also has to do with recommendation algorithms and how new works are treated on various online bestseller lists. From my own experience, I know that it was following WOOL with four more rapid releases that helped my career take off. I followed these five releases a month later with FIRST SHIFT, and I released a work every three or four months after that (SECOND SHIFT, I, ZOMBIE, THIRD SHIFT, plus several short works).

You can read his entire post here. Originally discovered this link thanks to the always informative & invaluable Kboards! If you plan to self-publish, make sure to bookmark Kboards and join their site!

EPIC: Fourteen Books of Fantasy

This is an example of how self-published eBooks are awesome for readers and for the writers that create them. Readers get an amazing deal that offers tons of content. Writers are able to team up and package their work in a bundle straight to a new whole new audience of readers.