Author Earnings Report: The Top 12 Trends For 2017


Here is an information-packed post from Nicholas Rossis’ blog with the 2016 author earnings and 2017 trends.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Hugh Howey and The Data Guy have now done all their usual number crunching and published the latest report. What trends can we identify in 2017, based on their impressive (as always) work?

1. For traditionally published books, print is king.

Author Earnings Report, 2016-17 trends | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

2. However, this reign is highly genre-dependent. In adult fiction, for example, nearly half sales are digital.

Author Earnings Report, 2016-17 trends | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

3. Two years of Amazon discounts have let the publishing industry grow by 3,3%. But Amazon discounts have now ended. Expect a drop in 2017 in traditionally-published print titles.

Author Earnings Report, 2016-17 trends | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

4. This is actually good news for Indies, who usually focus on adult fiction and ebook sales.

Author Earnings Report, 2016-17 trends | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

5. Regardless, print vs digital is the wrong question. The right one is, online vs. brick & mortar. In other words, Amazon vs. everyone else.

Author Earnings Report, 2016-17 trends | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

6. Indie publishing is now a $1.25 bn industry.

Author Earnings Report, 2016-17 trends | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

7. Pricing matters: for Indies, the sweet spots are $0.99, $2.99, and $3.99.

Author Earnings Report, 2016-17 trends | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

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