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Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you get out?
by Tobber
Hey Marcel,

It's hard not to agree that Amazon is being flooded with novels. The thing about making it possible for everyone to publish their stories is that it means everyone will do it. Though, that most of it isn't, well, exactly publishable. So if you want to stand out among the crowd, your first job is to write some quality stuff. True, some genres sell more than others, and you might disagree about the quality of the stuff that sells well, but generally more well written stories will have a better chance of succeeding within their genre.

Your second job, as Veritas suggested, is to write more quality stuff. J.K. Rowling didn't get published on pure luck (if that was the case, the first publisher she sent it to would've published it -- which rarely happens for any author, by the way). She got published by writing quality stuff, having a bit of luck, and most of all being persistent. (If you want to know true persistence, try looking up how many times Dune was rejected)

The strategy for making a living as a self-publishing author is pretty clear as well. 99.9% of the authors who make it that way does so by consistently putting out new material, thereby making is possible to live of a smaller group of dedicated fans. Doing some marketing is going to be necessary as well, but that will only come in handy if the people you manage to lure towards your stories will actually love them.

I feel your pain though. I'm actually dreading the day a little when I manage to create publishable material consistently and have to start selling myself.
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Staying afloat, aka. can you get out? · 12-04-17 9:53am
by Marcel A. Forrester
Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you get out? · 12-04-17 11:15am
by Veritas
Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you get out? · 12-04-17 12:29pm
by Marcel A. Forrester
*Star* Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you get out? · 12-04-17 4:28pm
by Tobber
Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you get out? · 12-05-17 4:24am
by Marcel A. Forrester
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you get out? · 12-05-17 9:26am
by Tobber
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you get ... · 12-05-17 11:42am
by Marcel A. Forrester
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you ... · 12-05-17 12:57pm
by Veritas
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can ... · 12-05-17 1:07pm
by Marcel A. Forrester
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you ... · 12-05-17 4:04pm
by Tobber
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can ... · 12-05-17 4:26pm
by Marcel A. Forrester
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. ... · 12-06-17 3:30pm
by Tobber
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can you ... · 12-05-17 7:58pm
by Zen
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Staying afloat, aka. can ... · 12-06-17 9:23am
by Marcel A. Forrester

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