"Beezy, have you considered making it more imposing?"
"Excuse me, it's-"
"The key to hell?"
"It's a little rusty old key."
"Its an old gateway."
"It's a padlock key for a shed door."
"Now it is! Tomorrow it might be the key to-"
"Yes, oh."#vss365 pic.twitter.com/6ALIwQ3GFg
— R Young (@InkDisregardit) June 20, 2020
"The rules are not #pliant."
"Rules are rules."
"I'm Death. I know."
"It's not fair."
"Some things aren't."
"Beezy, 3 doubles means you go to jail, and don't pass go."
"Grim! I'm on Mayfair!"
"And I wanted to be the hat."#vss365 pic.twitter.com/v6B4GyXsZU
— R Young is lost in a sea of notifications, sorry! (@InkDisregardit) June 20, 2020
"What's he doing here, Grim?"
"This is our place. Why do people keep coming here?"
"You post on bitter about how great this place is."
"Beezy, I have 20 followers!"
"You tag me! He'll #ingurgitate everything."
"There goes a barista."
— R Young (@InkDisregardit) June 19, 2020
"Here we have a #window."
"To look out of."
"Into eternal darkness, the abyss itself? I mean if you stare into it-"
"I know, Grim, it stares back!"
"That's not a good thing!"
"But it can be very lonely-"
"I really think you're missing the point."#converstory #grim
— R Young (@InkDisregardit) June 18, 2020
First, I do have indiescribable.org but the fact is I don’t have time to put together a site with everything else I have going on so I’m going to be putting survey things on here. Secondly I am still digging into the results of the survey, it can go on forever I guess. I would REALLY like to continue these surveys as the reaction to this one has been very positive. If you’re happy to fill in the anonymous survey please keep an eye out for the next survey. This is to help indie authors, like me and probably you, understand what is happening in our industry.
I could ramble on but you’re not here for that… so here’s some data.
The survey asked for total sales, ebook sales, and physical copies sold. In general terms these are, what I think, the really interesting stories so far are…
How many books did you sell – BY AUTHOR (so some had only 1 book for sale others had many).
- 0 13%
- 1-5 33%
- 6-10 12%
- 10-30 11%
- 30 -50 18%
- 50+ 12%
- 1% no response
I will dig down further into this in regards to sales etc. at a later point, these are the quick headlines.
- 23% of authors used paid marketing.
- Over 60% used a form of Pay-per-click e.g. Amazon, Google, Goodreads targeted advertising.
- Just over 20% of authors spent over $100 USD on marketing, with half of these authors spending over $300.
- 17.9% said they would recommend the marketing method they used.
Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.