Self-Publishing Movement Continues Strong Growth in the U.S.

self publishingThe independent publishing market is growing rapidly according to a report recently released by Bowker, a provider of bibliographic information management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. The report says that the number of self-published titles in 2012 jumped to more than 391,000, up 59% over 2011 and 422% over 2007. Additionally, ebooks are growing quickly in popularity; 40% of books that were self-published in 2012 were ebooks, up from just 11% in 2007. The report is based on an analysis of U.S. ISBN data.

One of the most interesting trends that can be gleaned from this report is the shift going on in the publishing market. “The most successful self-publishers don’t view themselves as writers only, but as business owners,” said Beat Barblan, Bowker Director of Identifier Services. “They invest in their businesses, hiring experts to fill skill gaps and that’s building a thriving new service infrastructure in publishing.” The analysis shows the growing prominence of a handful of companies that offer publishing services to individual authors.

Bowker’s research on self-publishing includes surveys of authors that provide insight into where the market is going and services required by these writers. Those who intend to self-publish most often plan to bring fiction to market, followed by inspirational or spiritual works, books for children and biographies. The majority cite finding a traditional publisher as an obstacle. They also feel challenged by marketing – a hurdle that becomes bigger with increasing numbers of books in the market.

Click here to download your free copy of the “Top 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Publisher”! In this guide, we provide tips to help you make the right decision in regard to the publisher with which you choose to work. Please fill in the form on our website and your download will be immediately available!

We’re also currently offering a great promotion to authors who are thinking about self-publishing. To receive your free 45-minute consultation, send us a one-paragraph book synopsis, a brief author bio, a list of comparable titles, and the first three chapters of your manuscript. SDP Publishing Solutions will review and set up a time to talk with you to provide direction and recommendations on what you need to do to publish your book and get it on the market!

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) offers optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

Top 10 Questions to Ask a Publisher Before Committing to One

We often get asked questions about the nature of the relationship between author and publisher in self-publishing. In this relatively new world of self-publishing and indie publishing, it can be difficult to figure out the best option for you. Should you go it alone? Should you hire contractors to whom you can outsource some of the pieces of the publishing process? Or, should you work with a company that can provide you with all of the services you need to successfully self-publish? We’ve put together this handy list of questions that you should ask any publisher before you commit to one while you’re in the process of navigating your publishing options.

1. What credentials do your editors have?

2. Do I own 100% of the rights to my work?

3. What kinds of marketing services do you provide?

4. What type of quality can I expect?

5. Ebooks: What e-reader formats do you provide?

6. Am I required to purchase my book in quantity from you?

7. How much would it cost to purchase my own books?

8. What are my distribution choices? Who fulfills the orders?

9. May I see a copy of your standard contract? Is there a royalty split?

10. What if I wanted to opt out of our publishing agreement? Can I get the printer files?

One of the many benefits of self-publishing is that you are ultimately in control of the entire process. Your publishing partner you choose should be there to guide you along the way in regard to editing, design, production, printing, distribution, and marketing. Click here to download your free copy of the “Top 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Publisher”! In this guide, we provide tips to help you make the right decision in regard to the publisher with which you choose to work.

Please fill in the form on our website and your download will be immediately available!

We’re also currently offering a great promotion to authors who are thinking about self-publishing. To receive your free 45-minute consultation, send us a one-paragraph book synopsis, a brief author bio, a list of comparable titles, and the first three chapters of your manuscript. SDP Publishing Solutions will review and set up a time to talk with you to provide direction and recommendations on what you need to do to publish your book and get it on the market!

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) offers optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!