It’s always valuable to review the past and take stock of the present in order to prepare for the future.
This is especially true in the rapidly changing world of self-publishing.
As Authority Pub partner Barrie Davenport writes, “Self-publishing has changed the entire playing field, and now anyone who has a book inside of them can get it out, publish it, and sell it.”
That’s great news for self-published authors who are choosing to take matters into their own hands without waiting for a traditional publishing house to give them permission.
However, indie authors are required to learn a lot about the industry and take on new roles and responsibilities — including staying on top of how the industry is evolving.
At Authority.Pub, we are here to help guide you through the pertinent information.
Before we review the trends for the future, let’s take a look at how the self-publishing industry has grown and changed — and how the perception of self-published authors is evolving for the better.
Not too many years ago, self-publishers were perceived as “the poor relations” in the eyes of the industry and with readers.
It was the last resort for authors who couldn’t make it with traditional publishers.
But now even some bestselling authors from the big 5 publishing houses have jumped on the bandwagon, as self-publishing has become much more accepted and commonplace.
The old stigmas attached to self-publishing are falling away, especially as Amazon is tightening the rules to ensure better quality books from indie authors and legitimate reviews from readers.
As a self-published author, you will find yourself in excellent company.
- Here is a quick overview of some of the ways indie authors can structure their self-publishing efforts:
- Here are the top 10 predictions for the future of self-publishing :
- 1. Authorpreneurs will be on the rise.
- 2. The services available to indie authors will grow and become more accessible.
- 3. Readers will want and expect to be able to be in communication with authors more.
- 4. Online subscription platforms will become irrelevant.
- 5. Subscription boxes, however, will continue to grow in popularity.
- 6. There will be an increase in the implementation and promotion of pre-orders.
- 7. Self-published books will be found more in public libraries.
- 8. There will be a move toward serialization.
- 9. Series writers will offer the first book in a series for free to create a relationship and build their readership.
- 10. Authors will employ micro-targeting to get noticed in a smaller pool of choices.