A Quick Word on Book Covers
Before I get started, I want to let everyone know of a new website I came across for those of you who need still need to create a book cover. CoverDesignStudio let’s you choose a book cover template and customize it offline. I’m very excited about these kinds of companies and I hope we see more and better providers of a decent book template in the future.
Can Your Book Perform?
Writers of fiction, as well as non-fiction books, have been able to be successful with self-publishing companies and there’s no reason for academic work to be any different. Many self-published authors these days have multiple books that are selling consistently in the top 10-15% on Amazon, with a select few making the best seller list! Those that have been fortunate enough to become best sellers, as well as those that are mid-range successes, are all earning far higher royalties than they would have with a traditional publisher. Far higher.
The advantage of academic publishing is the defined audience. So many writers publish a book having no real idea who will read the book, later to find that it’s impossible to target an audience that’s too broad. As an academic writer, you know exactly who will be interested in what you’ve published, making it much easier to find those folks and target them as customers.
As you start to research your possible competition, don’t expect to come across information that will tip you off about the number of copies that have been sold or the commissioned that have been paid out. That information is never published. Watch this video to learn more about Amazon rankings:
The reality of today’s world is that self-published authors can succeed in big way and get very satisfying results. Their self-published books easily compete with conventional titles–especially in specific niches. In many cases, these books actually outsell those conventionally published titles.