At The Passive Voice, a blog of advice, how tos, and warnings for writers, author Erin Kern asks if self-published books are the new query letter for authors. Fed up with the endless unanswered queries and rejections, Kern heard about the new self-publishing option and decided to give it a try with her third novel. For the first year, her sales were minimal. But then she changed the price to $.99 in April 2011.
She writes: “Looking for Trouble was on the Amazon top 100 for 4 months. Sometime in June, the book peaked at #6 in the paid Kindle store, and #1 on three different lists. In that month alone, I sold 38,000 copies.” This after she’d essentially stopped marketing and moved on to the next book.
For the full article, see: http://www.thepassivevoice.com/10/2012/are-self-published-books-the-new-query-letter/
Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s science fiction, fantasy and humor books, short stories and articles. A frequent contributor to blogs like SFSignal, Adventures In SF Publishing, Grasping For The Wind and To Be Read, he also hosts Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat under the hashtag #sffwrtcht on Twitter and blogs about writing and creativity on his own blog at www.bryanthomasschmidt.net/blog. Connect With Bryan On Google+