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August Wainwright
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Author of the Nights of Remy Moreau Series of books set to be published in April 2013
Author of the Nights of Remy Moreau Series of books set to be published in April 2013

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A Toast to the Printed Word

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Over the past few days, articles have popped up on the Washington Post and LA Times websites where the authors of the articles lay out why e-book sales are “leveling-off” and “flattening”.

I thought I’d take a moment to shine a little light on the not-so-true and flat-out-wrong statistics that these various articles present.

Full Article: http://augustwainwright.com/the-e-book-sky-is-falling-right/

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Over the past few days, articles have popped up on the Washington Post and LA Times websites where the authors of the articles lay out why e-book sales are “leveling-off” and “flattening”.

I thought I’d take a moment to shine a little light on the not-so-true and flat-out-wrong statistics that these various articles present.

Full article:

http://augustwainwright.com/the-e-book-sky-is-falling-right/

#publishing  
#ebooks  

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Over the past few days, articles have popped up on the Washington Post and LA Times websites (which I’m sorry but I refuse to link to as a sign of respect to real journalists) where the authors of the articles lay out why e-book sales are “leveling-off” and “flattening”.

I thought I’d take a moment to shine a little light on the not-so-true and flat-out-wrong statistics that these various articles present.

To read the full article, click here:

http://augustwainwright.com/the-e-book-sky-is-falling-right/

#ebook  
#publishing  

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Good Inforgraphic on why people put down books.
Someone shared this infographic over at WDG, but it is worth repeating here.

First, I would not read this as gospel. This was not a proper random survey, and the data can be a little misleading.

For example, it should be no surprise that the top abandoned books are also the top selling books. Fewer books sold means fewer abandons. (So don't read anything in "50 Shades" being on there.)

What's most interesting are people's reasons for abandoning or not abandoning. In descending order:

46.4% Slow, boring
18.8% Weak writing
8.8% Extremely stupid
8.5% Weak (or nonexistent) plot

Those all pretty much say the same thing to me - tell an engaging story; make shit happen, and fast - and that accounts for 82.5% of responses.

It's not surprising that most people don't stop reading because a book is inappropriate or immoral, but it's very interesting that almost no one stops because of bad editing. (That suggests there's a rampant myth in the writing community.)

The MOST interesting thing, in my opinion, is that MOST readers will finish what they start, or so they claim. 

If that's true, it suggests readers are very forgiving, and the hurdle is getting them to buy the damned book in the first place.

Of course, even if they finish it, if they didn't like it, they are not likely to return to the same author.

What do you think?

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Recently, I’ve been struck by a recurring conversation that continues to pop up everywhere I turn. In various forums, on websites, and in comment sections, it seems to be what so many indie and self-published authors are thinking (and complaining) about right now.

So what is it?

Well for me, it’s a discussion about success. It’s a discussion about how to define what success looks like and a discussion about how to achieve that success.

Continue reading: http://augustwainwright.com/how-to-find-success-as-a-self-published-author/

#selfpublishing #authormarketing 

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Recently, I’ve been struck by a recurring conversation that continues to pop up everywhere I turn. In various forums, on websites, and in comment sections, it seems to be what so many indie and self-published authors are thinking (and complaining) about right now.

So what is it?

Well for me, it’s a discussion about success. It’s a discussion about how to define what success looks like and a discussion about how to achieve that success.

Continue reading: http://augustwainwright.com/how-to-find-success-as-a-self-published-author/

#selfpublishing #authormarketing  

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Recently, I’ve been struck by a recurring conversation that continues to pop up everywhere I turn. In various forums, on websites, and in comment sections, it seems to be what so many indie and self-published authors are thinking (and complaining) about right now.

So what is it?

Well for me, it’s a discussion about success. It’s a discussion about how to define what success looks like and a discussion about how to achieve that success.

Continue reading: http://augustwainwright.com/how-to-find-success-as-a-self-published-author/

#selfpublishing   #authormarketing  
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