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Author Success Seldom Defined by Sales Figures Alone

Posted by Kerry McDuling (Publicious Book Publishing) on 21 July 2016


As an affordable self publishing service provider, I have worked with authors who have proudly published on a range of various topics from fiction to non-fiction, and from children's books to biographies and professional expert guides on a range of different industries, such as business, health and nutrition. For many of these authors, the goal for self publishing was never to sell trillions of copies of their book. Just knowing that their published Professional quality EBook (or printed book) has made an impact on a handful of people's lives has made the project worth their while.

The authors themselves vary too, and hail from a large assortment of different professional and personal backgrounds. Many are first-time authors, cautiously and excitedly entering the world of Global Book and EBook Distribution, whilst others are virtually now experts at reaping the rewards of Print On Demand and affordable self publishing.

The great thing is that affordable self publishing actually does transfer very well to virtually any topic or vision, and results in a professional quality Ebook or a good old-fashioned beautifully printed book - one that would not look out of place on a shelf in a book store. Book cover designs, Manuscript assessments/copy editing/proofreading, and even Book marketing/publicity are all services which cross genres and topics perfectly.

In the "good old days", when only traditional publishers existed, authors who wrote on most niche topics just never had the opportunity to cross the bridge and transform their interests into a book. Publishers had to be very careful in ensuring that they only accepted manuscripts that virtually guaranteed to bring in large profits. This meant that mainstream romance novels, very run-of-the-mill business and other non-fiction books, and already proven children's literature formulas got the tick of approval. Books on topics that were even just a little bit unusual or outside of the square were considered huge risks, and (if accepted by a publishing house due to some miracle), budgets for these books were small until they could prove that they would sell. Unfortunately, even sales numbers that you or I might be very pleased with would tend to not make the grade, resulting in very mediocre (if at all) royalties for the author, and cancelled print runs. Book sales numbers that an author or self publisher might consider a success, a large traditional publisher would write off as a loss.

And that's the reason why affordable self publishing services entered the market there was a clear gap in the market that needed to be filled. Books on niche topics will simply never sell in the millions, but that may not be the ultimate goal or definition of success for the author. Many authors would consider their Professional quality eBook a success if it is read and makes an impact on just a handful of people. Affordable self publishing services make this dream a reality.

By Kerry McDuling Publicious Book Publishing www.publicious.com.au

 

 

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