BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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One million self-published print books in 2017

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It is the first time the number of self-published books have topped the one million mark. That’s a massive increase on 2016 – a jump of 28% – says Publishers News, the influential American journal.
The figures are based on the number of print ISBNs issued to self-published authors and include the books produced through Amazon’s CreateSpace division.
There was an even bigger percentage increase in the number of books self-published through Amazon. They released nearly 752,000 self-published print books in 2017. Their nearest competitor in paperback publication is Lulu and they are a long way behind: they produced 36,651 books last year.

I self-published my creative writing guide (see the column on the right) and would do it again. It’s been a very positive experience.
I wonder if readers of this blog are part of the growth in self-publishing.  If you have time it would be lovely if you could say where you are in the comments. If you’re in a hurry just put A, B or C.

A  Yes! I’ve already self-published
B  I’m thinking about it
C  It’s traditional route for me, or not at all
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6 comments on “One million self-published print books in 2017

  1. ann perrin
    October 19, 2018

    Yes I was one of them with ‘The Puppeteers Daughter’. Initially I used Lulu. I had had plenty of mentoring for content and help from a friend with layout.
    The final result automatically gets an ISBN with Amazon and you are away!
    I had already published ‘Don’t Throw Away The Daisies five years previously but made the mistake of including my own paintings as illustrations not fully aware of issues regarding grey scale which means some look a bit dull!
    Don’t believe that marketing is easy. I started a blog and as much of my work is poetry I still do readings whenever I am invited.

  2. bridget whelan
    October 19, 2018

    Thank you for sharing Ann. I know many people feel that marketing is the hardest part, but it’s not so much a question of sell, sell, sell but allowing your work to be discovered. And if you’re proud of it (you should only publish your very best work) where is the harm in that?

  3. What a landmark figure Bridget.. I self-published my first book 20 years to cries of derision that included it would never catch on!! 12 books later I feel I should buy the t-shirt! thanks for sharing..

    • bridget whelan
      October 21, 2018

      Twenty years ago – you were ahead of the game (and the technology that makes it so much easier) But I’m guessing that one of the biggest differences between now and the late 1990s is the opportunities that social media offer for promotion. It’s not about sell, sell, sell but who is going to buy a copy if no one knows you have a book out. Thanks for coming by Sally (and would love to learn more about your experience)

      • It was tough Bridget but I started local and because it was non-fiction about my 11 stone weight loss it gathered momentum when obesity was not the epidemic it is today. The nationals then picked it up and a couple of women’s magazines and I was very lucky. But with millions of title being published today, I do know. that without my blog that the social media platforms I have developed over the last six years, I doubt I would sell any books. I am just about to send out my latest book which is the first I have released in Ireland for 17 years, to the local press and radio stations and see if I can pull something out of the bag there. Luckily I have a background in both so fingers crossed.

  4. bridget whelan
    October 22, 2018

    Good luck with your latest book. I’ve just checked on your blog and discovered it’s called: Tales from the Irish Garden – a story of desperation, flight, love and adventures in a new land for the fairy court of Queen Filigree

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