Not a Gold Rush & oh by the way, still really hard work

The Taleist Self-Publishing Survey, Not a Gold Rush, is finally out, in case you wanted to get your hands on a copy. In an interesting move, they chose to self-publish the survey exclusively on Amazon. The survey analyzes the responses of more than 1000 self-published authors to 61 different questions ranging from basic demographics to how long they have been writing, where they get writing help, and how much they make self-publishing.

And on a related note — in the age of rapidly proliferating ebooks, if you want to make a living from your books, it is no longer enough to write just one a year. According to Elizabeth Spann Craig, you’ll need to churn out three or four. Here’s her report on what life is like at that writing pace.

This is advice I’ve heard from many other quarters, although at this point, I’m not at a stage to make good use of it. I’ll be happy getting my first out. Maybe then I’ll switch to writing the type of series novels that lend themselves to faster book production schedules. Or maybe not.


About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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