Self-Publishing Trends 2016

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I’ve been reading many articles and blog posts in which predictions have been made about what will happen this year in the self-publishing industry, from how books will be sold, to a growing number of self-publishing authors called artisanal authors. Could you be selling your books to a wider market? Will Barnes and Noble have to close down? See what leading experts (in the above image)  think will happen in 2016 in this article from BookWorks.com. 

On The Self Made Writer, Deb Vanasse discusses trends after having a look back on 2015. At the end of the year, print books had a growth in sales due to the appearance of adult colouring books. Big publishers were also charging high prices for kindle versions of their books that led to higher sales of print copies. This year, Debs believes there will be more of a balance between print and digital books, and there’ll be less concern about which format sells the most. You can read more of Deb’s expected trends in the writing and publishing industry here.

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One of the biggest predictions made is how Amazon will implement its plans to improve the standard of the indie published books available on it’s sites. Amazon has the facility for customers to report books of poor quality. If readers have started a book and found it poorly formatted or full of typos and grammatical errors, then they can report it and, in many cases, get a full refund. But how will Amazon improve the books for sale?

There have been a range of responses to Amazon’s plans, from concerns about regional uses of English, and dialects/accents, to the potential reports created about characters’ speech when drunk, for example, being seen as typos. Goodreader.com was one the first sites to discuss these issues and show what will be on a book’s Amazon page if the book is removed:

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Over on Word on Words by John Doppler, some calm is restored. He explains books will only be removed if they are badly formatted, full of errors and if they have been complained about a number of times, by a number of customers. Amazon will have people (not machines) looking through the reports to ensure any reports are for valid reasons before removing any book from sale. You can read John’s full article ‘No, Amazon Will Not Penalize Your Book for a Typo’ here.

I think that indie authors will be seen in two distinct groups. There’ll be those using Amazon to publish for personal or vanity reasons, and those who see their writing as a business. The latter will then hopefully be taken more seriously. What predictions do you have for self-publishing and indie authors in 2016? Let me know.

As always, thank you for reading.

All the best,

Mark.

3 thoughts on “Self-Publishing Trends 2016

  1. Anything which increases the quality of books and makes the author ensure they are written to a high standard has got to be a good thing. Readers expect and deserve this. I therefore have no problem with Amazon’s new guidelines.

    • I agree Maggie. There are still numerous books available that are poor quality whilst some really great books get removed from the system just for having their TOC in the wrong place! There needs to be some consistency.

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