If you’re a fan of data, especially data on indie book sales, you’ll love wading through the sea of it at authorearnings.com. The site, “by authors, for authors” (spearheaded by best-selling indie author Hugh Howey) touts as its purpose, “to gather and share information so that writers can make informed decisions. Our secondary mission is to call for change within the publishing community for better pay and fairer terms in all contracts.”
Their May 2015 Author Earnings Report (click the title to get reading) is the sixth quarterly look at Amazon’s ebook sales, with data taken on over 200,000 bestselling ebooks. Because of major publishers controlling ebook pricing of many of their titles (to protect retailers’ print book sales, presumably), indie authors seem to be gaining market share.
Take the time to read this report and weigh in with your own conclusions. And, if you’re really, really into data, the site provides a download to the Excel file that includes all the raw data used for the report.
Conclusion: It’s fascinating info, and full of trends every author should be monitoring. But author beware – there’s still an enormous challenge for debut authors, especially in the fiction category, to get noticed among the millions of titles fighting for attention.
We’re interested to hear what you glean from the report, and whether it changes your mind about your preferred method of publishing…