Most of what I read lately regarding ebook sales by freelance novelists—independent authors, indies, self-publishers—whatever you want to call these entrepreneurs—has been either mediocre or depressing. For the most part, authors are giving away massive amounts of books or selling them for $1.99 or less.
Is this the fate of ebooks? Is this the fate of freelance novelists?
I don’t think so.
There’s no doubt if a book is horrible it won’t sell thousands of—possibly not a dozen—copies. If the book is truly not worth reading, then it doesn’t even belong in the free bin because it makes the rest of us freelance writers look bad. A good majority of us are working hard, hiring professionals to edit and design our books, so the readers experience is the best we can make it. We are setting high standards, hoping others who take control of their writing careers will do the same. It’s a win-win situation for all of us.
It’s hoped that even the most sceptical of readers who today say, “Self-published? It can’t be good.” will eventually buy books because they are interested in the story, not by who published them.
Is there hope for freelance novelists?
You bet there is.
Many are already selling thousands—literally hundreds of thousands—of ebooks. Rubbish, you say?
Take a look at the dozens of self-published authors who have sold more than 50,000 ebooks on the Publishing Success Stories website.
I never would have believed freelance novelists could sell that many books in such a short period of time.
Are you as amazed at these numbers as I am? Did you think this was possible? Is this just a fluke or will the numbers continue to grow?