Publishing and Kindle Unlimited: Conclusions from Hugh Howey’s Latest Author Earnings Report

Very interesting. Seems Kindle Unlimited actually is increasing author income. Thanks to Hugh Howey for a lot of investigation into this. I strongly urge you to read this if you’re thinking about KU.

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: islam-science.net

This has been a busy week. I was reading a post by Chris McMullen on Kindle Unlimited and the effect it has on rank. The next day, I came across Hugh Howey’s latest Author Earnings Report (October 2014), and a couple of interesting posts by Publishing Perspectives and Savvy Writers. As always, the publishing industry is in a state of flux, making self publishing a bit like trying to score a goal on an uneven field. Filled with shifting sand. And moving goal posts. Oh, did I mention we’re using a Rubic’s cube for a ball?

So, what have I learned from all that?

First, Some Numbers

The total number of books in print hit 28 million worldwide in 2013 , as calculated by all the titles that acquired ISBNs. In the United States, some 390,000 ISBNs were taken by the self-published authors, while approximately 300,000 were solicited…

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Authors Answer Contributor Pages

The new feature, now officially called Authors Answer, has its own page.  Not only that, there’s a contributors page, too.

You won’t find all of the profiles up yet, as I’m waiting for three of them.  But please go and check them out.  They’ll be answering a question every week about writing and books, and the answers will be posted every Friday.

Now, I still need the bios for the following people:

  • Jean Davis
  • Elizabeth Rhodes
  • Linda G. Hill

Please let me know through the form on the About page.  Then I can get you the questions for November.

Also, there’s still room for one more contributor.  If you’re interested, please leave a comment.  First person to offer will become a contributor.

I’m looking forward to all of the answers!