We have guests scheduled for January, so this should be the last show with just the three of us for a while. We discussed whether marketing and selling books got harder for indie authors in 2014 and, since there are only a couple of days left in the year, we gave some publishing predictions and some marketing trends that we believe could come to pass in 2015. At the end, we also shared a few of our own writing/publishing resolutions for next year.
Here’s a look at some of the topics we covered:
- How has Kindle Unlimited effected us and will authors continue to have to deal with subscription services (possibly more of them from Amazon competitors) as time goes on?
- Are things getting tougher, and was it indeed the year of the quitter, as discussed in Kris Rusch’s Things Indie Writers Learned in 2014?
- How networking and collaboration on projects and marketing may become even more important to authors in the future
- Will multi-author bundles still be popular, or will they be replaced by something else?
- We might see more co-authoring, shared worlds, and pen names where multiple authors write under the name to increase the number of annual releases
- Pre-orders, are they useful now and how might one take advantage of the benefits in the future?
- How Lindsay started a new pen name in October of 2014 and did well with it, even as a completely “new” (anonymous) author: Pen Name Launch 1 (results after 1 month) & Pen Name Launch 2 (results after 10 weeks)