What Advantages Do Traditional Publishers Offer Authors?
New Survey Results Released at Digital Book World
January 15, 2014 – NEW YORK – This morning at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo, initial results of a joint author survey conducted by Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest were released. “What Advantages Do Traditional Publishers Offer Authors: A Comparison of Traditional and Indie Publishing from the Authors’ Perspective” examines authors’ attitudes toward, experiences with, and outcomes from self-publishing and traditional publishing.
The survey, authored by Dana Beth Weinberg, Ph. D., Professor of Sociology and Director of the MA in Data Analytics & Applied Social Research Queens College, CUNY, and Jeremy Greenfield (Editorial Director, Digital Book World), is now available for purchase: http://bit.ly/1m5Q1nQ
Phil Sexton, publisher, Writer’s Digest, took the main stage at the Conference for the initial release of the results. Nearly 10,000 authors responded to the 2014 survey and included aspiring authors who had not yet completed or in some cases even started manuscripts as well as seasoned authors with multiple traditionally published and/or self-published books. Authors were characterized as aspiring (not yet published), self-published (indie-only), traditionally published (traditional-only), and hybrid (both self-published and traditionally published).
Authors held favorable views of traditional publishing and expected that traditional publishing would offer several advantages over self-publishing, and most of the authors wanted to publish their next book with a traditional publisher. However, authors experiences with traditional publishing seemed to fall short of expectation, and authors were not overall highly satisfied with their experiences with traditional publishers.