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Glutting the market?

Started by Maddie , author of Life, Unedited 7/31/2011 9:33:39 AM

Some things I've read lately indicate that due to self-publishing, the market is being glutted with books--many very good books and many very bad books. Because of this--and the revolution of digital books--the industry is changing. (Again, nothing new here.). But I'm thinking that the reader/consumer is becoming even more discerning than ever, and that this will be a driver in how books sell, and in how authors -- self or traditionally published -- will define their careers. The sheer numbers of books being sold will swell, and then taper off again, as readers redefine how they pick favorite authors and as bestsellers emerge in a slightly different fashion. What do you think?

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Reply by Madison J

author of Madison J Edwards 8/7/2011 10:58:22 AM

I agree in most part. As I've watched 'new' releases I'm seeing a lot of authors self publishing, and believe firmly there will be some diamonds in the rough. But having read some excerpts - a lot of mistakes are being made. And that's too bad, because if the writing had been properly edited, or critiqued, these authors could fly.

The second trend I'm noticing is established authors re-releasing titles they've gotten the rights back for. As an avid reader, I'm cheering. As a new author trying to establish her name, I'm sighing. A whole lot of competition to climb over, and there are an awful lot of good books out there.

There is an upside to all of this. If you are going to succeed, you will. If you want to become a best seller, then pull on your big girl panties, and write the best story ever. Show the readers you deserve a place in their hearts, so that when they link onto the buy sites, they'll cruise your name for new releases first.

I aspire to have a solid fan base. There are no dreams of becoming a New York Times bestseller, I'm happy with my niche, and if my readers like my work, and want more, then I've done my job.


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Reply by Renee Vincent

author of Past The Print 8/7/2011 2:01:16 PM

So agree. Readers are not gullible enough to buy every new release that comes passed their eyes. They are still going to buy books based on word of mouth, recommendations, and authors they know well. If anything, they'll be even more cautious about impulse buys due to this huge influx of self pubbed books.

All in all, fan base is the key.


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