Click Here to Take the Amazon Pricing and Marketing Policies for Independent Authors Survey Today
Over the last 12 months a great many pixels have been generated directed at indie authors and self publishers. I've written fairly extensively about the topic and so have others. A few week ago, I wrote an article entitled Escape from Stalag $7: Why Amazon's Pricing Box Is Bad for Indies. To date, approximately 10K have read it and the piece sparked some vigorous debate, here and elsewhere.
As Escape was commented on, critiqued, and criticized, I began to realize that while lots of people have commented on what indies think and urged them to adopt one position or another, no one's done any primary research asking indies themselves what they feel about industry events and policies and their impact on their writing and income.
This survey is designed to help fill that gap. It represents an opportunity for the indie voice to be heard and counted in the ongoing debates and speculation about the future of publishing. This survey focuses on Amazon's basic pricing policies as they impact indies.The entire survey is 18 questions, including some brief profile questions at the beginning, and will take you less than five minutes to complete.
Please do not take this survey if you are not publishing at least one book independently.
Everyone who participates will receive a copy of the full summary results as well as relevant cross-tabulations. We will also be posting the results on this blog.
Your participation will be kept completely confidential.
Future surveys will focus on the topic of subscription services, including Amazon's KU and similar programs, and other issues of importance to indies. As you may be aware, there's been a great deal of discussion on this topic and several prominent participants have announced they are leaving the program. Take this chance to let the industry hear your voice.
Click Here to Take The Amazon Pricing and Marketing Policies for Independent Authors Survey Today
Thanks in advance to those who choose to participate and to the over 50 authors who have already done so.
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Want me to review your book? You must join the Rule-Set mailing list and contact me at email@example.com. Do NOT use the contact form for a review request; for press and publishers only. Your book can be a proof but ready for sale within 60 days.
Scifi/-fantasy only at this time. Make sure it's been professionally copyedited. If it's not, I'll know in about five pages and will reject the book. I don't mean to be a hump about it, but approximately 40% to 50% of the books I've received have had far too many typos, comma splices, misuse of dependent clauses, etc. (No, it doesn't have to be perfect. Most books have a few typos, including ones coming out of "traditional" publishing.) Your book cannot succeed in the market with such flaws and it's not fair to ask reviewers to read it in such a state.
I'll take a look at YA, but I'm not the best fit to that audience. PDF, Mobi, print all fine. If you have an author website you wish me to link to, please provide the URL. I don't charge and I also don't guarantee a good review!
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