I'm actually starting to feel a bit better, although the creative juices still don't flow easily. However, there was some great publishing news this week, and I want to share it with all my writer friends who worry that indie writers are going to be trampled by the traditional publishers in league with the behemoth that is Amazon. Take a look at this chart:
It's showing us that in the past fifteen months indie publishers have sold something in the neighborhood of 38% of all ebooks purchased -- outdoing Amazon, the Big Five, and the other small publishing houses. Indies have seen a whopping 12% increase in sales. The Big Five appear to be in a -10% freefall, and the smaller traditional publishers are just barely managing to hold their own.
The only other line that shows an increase -- and it is only 4% -- is the Amazon -published line. Amazon sells books from all kinds of publishers, of course, including ours, but the books it chooses to publish "in house" are far from becoming a threat even to the traditional publishers.
By the way, that flat light blue line at the bottom indicates things like cookbooks sold as fund-raisers, photograph collections put together for family reunions, collections of poetry written by students in a creative writing class -- those books that are not intended or marketed for the general reading public.
Despite all the nay-sayers who have been predicting that the days of publishing an electronic book and having it become a success are over, we're doing quite well, thank you.
For the serious indie publishers, it would be well worth your time to read the entire article from which this chart was borrowed. Find it at: http://authorearnings.com/report/may-2015-author-earnings-report/