The survey was prompted by the enormous jump in revenues from self-published books. The migration of authors to epublishing, and of the book-reading public, which took advantage of the accessibility of low-priced self-published ebooks, took a huge bite out of the traditional publishing market, leaving, as the report put it, "publishers ... scrambling to explain to authors, agents and the rest of the world how they add value to the publishing process."
- aspiring authors, who have not yet published
- traditionally published authors, who have only published their books with traditional publishers
- self-published authors, who have only self-published
- hybrid authors, who have both traditionally published and self-published their work.
- 54% of published authors post writing-related Tweets on Twitter versus
- 30% for aspiring authors
- 66% of published authors have an author or book page on Facebook versus 18% for aspiring authors
- 52% of published authors maintain an author presence on Goodreads versus 10% for aspiring authors
- 24% pin writing-related items on Pinterest versus 14% for aspiring authors
- 59% of published authors write a blog relating to either their books or writing versus 37% for aspiring authors.
- Published authors have, on average, 1,271 more Twitter followers
- Published authors have, on average, 715 more “likes” on their Facebook fan pages
- Published authors have, on average, 277 more friends on Facebook
- Published authors have, on average 176 more followers of their boards on Pinterest
- Published authors get, on average, 2,012 more visits per month on their blogs
Attitudes and platitudes
"While self-published authors seem to be fairly invested and in favor of the institution of self-publishing and traditionally published authors seem to be slightly more wary of self publishing and invested in and in favor of the world of traditional publishing, hybrid authors-those who have done both self- and traditional publishing-are mostly in favor of self-publishing and critical of traditional publishers, even more so than the self-publishing group."
The question is, will those aspiring writers turn into embittered authors once they get published? My guess is that they will. While it's not too late for publishers to treat authors with a modicum of respect, it's also not very likely.