Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.
Okay, this isn’t my overall philosophy on life. I consider myself to have a fairly sunny outlook on things, but this morning has made me suspicious… Everything went great. Got the kids out the door and to school/daycare without anyone getting food on themselves, on me, or on my shoes. Traffic was light because of the upcoming holiday weekend, and there were no major email fires to extinguish at the office.
I’ll enjoy it while it lasts, but I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop.
I also ran across some interesting articles regarding genres and publishing that I thought were worth sharing. I know these are a couple weeks old, but I hope you’ll cut me some slack. Sweetpea and Ace have cut into my internet-browsing time.
I love big data, don’t you? Okay, maybe not so much, but it does lend itself to some fun insights like this news from Amazon regarding bestselling titles by city:
Edward W. Robertson shared an interesting analysis of the top 100 bestsellers in each genre to determine what percentage self-published writers were capturing of Kindle sales.
Big 5/Harlequin: 30%
Big 5: 68%
Big 5 (plus Baen): 30%
Big 5: 37%
All genres have not embraced self-published books to the same extent. Roughly 50% of SF and Fantasy Kindle book purchases are by self-published authors. If you are writing in these genres, the DIY route does not seem to be a hindrance to success. However, Mystery and Romance writers might have a bigger hill to climb.
And because it is Friday, you deserve a song-and-dance number. Enjoy!!