Opinion

Saturday 18 November 2017

Kevin Flanagan: eBooks are no longer the orphan child ... instead they are very much part of the publishing family

OVER the last few years waves of unsigned writers have swarmed the eBook stores in a quest for self-publishing success. As a result, we are now in the midst of a competitive market for both independent and traditional publishers. With the experience and financial might behind the traditional publisher, you may think that the self-published writer would be the one falling behind. Well, guess again.

Until recently, self-publishing success was determined by individual success stories – Amanada Hocking, John Locke and Darcie Chan - but some recent studies have revealed that the eBook market is now favouring self-publishing as a whole. In certain genres, self-published authors now dominate the charts while other, more experienced, independent authors are predicting a growth in their profits.

So where is this information coming from? Well one source is from self-published author, Kevin McLaughlin. Like many ePublishing writers, McLaughlin uses social networking and blogging to publicise his science fiction books. Recently, he wanted to determine the likelihood of a self-published author getting onto the Amazon science fiction charts so he began to analyse some figures.

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