Good News Everywhere: The Surprising Year In Books


Concrete data compiled by the book industry experts at Bowker was released this week.

Mercy Pilkington reports Bowker Data Offers Surprising Insight into Traditional and Self-Publishing

The report is expected to demonstrate that not only is self-publishing continuing to grow in popularity, but also the the recent wave of self-publishing successes are actually fueling the traditional publishing industry as well. An article in Forbes highlighted some of the possible reasons why the two very distinct publishing arms would be linked in this way and noted some of the trends that the Bowkerdata uncovered.


The Goodreader aritcle is refering to David Vnjamura’s feature in Forbes Magazine “Is Publishing Still Broken? The Surprising Year in Books” is a must read. For any of you who may have felt discouraged by the recent Huffingfron Post article, take heart––it was a year too late. Understandable. The market has changed so quickly, it’s difficult to keep up with it. His article reassures us the market is not only better than ever for Indie Authors, but also for Traditional Publisher including the “Big 5” Publishing Houses. Best of all, it is backed up with the solid facts released this week from Bowker. (They are the ones who supply
ISBN Numbers to authors, either directly or indirectly.)



This comments was posted by a Forbes reader:

“Nice to see Indie authors getting their due. Yes, I’m among that crowd, just haven’t been “discovered” yet. That’s not to mean I write inferior books, hardly. I’ve had 1 bestseller, and one win an award from a reputable society of authors. I work hard to produce good quality books- from the first line, to the story, to editing, to cover design. Indies deserve a fair share of the market, a good portion of us probably spend more than we make on our editors and cover designers. We do it because we love to tell stories. I don’t believe there’s a war with traditional publishing. I believe there is a war with QUALITY publishing. Give the readers quality, and they’ll keep coming back for more.”

Kathy Rowe



This is another revealing response to the Forbes Article You can read the response in it entirety at the end of the Forbes article. It is worth reading––explains what traditional publishers do.

“Those who claim that publishers don’t do much generally don’t know much about publishing. Of course, very little of the process involves authors, and no one bothers to talk to them about it either, so it makes sense that most authors feel that their publishers don’t do much for them. Until they try to do it for themselves.”

Marion Gropen



David Vnjamura (A Favorite Excerpt from One of his Comments to a Reader)

Thanks for engaging me on twitter – for the benefit of readers here I’ll recap and clarify. You’re correct that E.L. James did not self-publish Fifty Shades as an eBook. However, the Fifty Shades trilogy was drawn from fan fiction that E.L. James self-published called “Master of the Universe”. Now to be fair, there is some controversy over this and her publisher asserts that Fifty Shades is distinct and unique from “Master of the Universe”- for copyright purposes. Here is a pretty good exposition of that issues:



Does anyone still dispute the viability of self-publishing?” Let’s Get Digital blogger David Gaughran asks. “I can list well over 100 authors who are selling more than 1,000 [e-]books a month … and more than 200 authors who have sold more than 50,000 [e-]books in the last year or two.”

Such reports of head-turning success have attracted not only newer authors, but also established ones looking to grow their careers in new directions or maintain more control over what happens to their work. “In the digital world an author can do just as much as a publisher can do,” says bestseller James Scott Bell, who continues to traditionally publish fiction and nonfiction but has recently found success rounding out his body of work with independently published e-books.”

“So viable is almost the wrong word. It’s more like ‘probable.’ And that’s the challenge big publishers are facing now—how to bring value to an author in the digital realm that the author cannot generate on his own.”


“The upturn in “indie” book production has met the popularity of electronic reading with a thunderclap of new content in publishing that is rising quickly to flood stages . . .”

Porter Anderson: “The Writer”  Writers Digest



© Gigi Galt 2013
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  • K. Rowe 6:48 pm on October 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

    If you build it (and build it well) they will come! Quality over quantity.

    • gigigalt 6:50 pm on October 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yes. Lol. I totally agree! Thanks K, Rowe. You always have the perfect words for every occasion.

  • gigigalt 2:00 am on October 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

    Thanks Dieta. I appreciate it!


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