Authors Not Satisfied With Publishers or Self-Publishing

When it comes to satisfaction with services, authors are like cable subscribers: No matter what service they have, they’re not satisfied.

That’s one of the findings of a new study from Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest, that authors, regardless of whether they self-publish or publish traditionally, are generally not very satisfied with the results.

When it comes to everything from the royalty rates hybrid authors receive when they traditionally publish (7.9% are very satisfied) to the number of copies sold by self-publishing authors (4.6% are very satisfied), authors are generally unhappy (see more below).

The study was based on an online survey of over 9,000 aspiring, self-published, traditionally published and “hybrid” authors (those who have both traditionally published and self-published) conducted in the fall of 2013. While the sample is an “unscientific” sample, it represents far more interviews than are ever done in even the most scrupulously reported journalistic pieces, in the words of the study’s lead writer, Queens College sociology professor Dana Beth Weinberg.

Below, see a chart elucidating what kinds of authors are most satisfied with which publishing experiences. For the full report, including dozens of more findings, get the full study here.

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  3. Ernie Zelinski

    So, cry me a river. BFD, in other words.

    Authors. If you are not satisfied with your results, whether from self-publishing or traditional publishing, take 100 percent responsibility for your life — 98 percent or 99 percent is far too little! When you start living as a real adult instead of a pretend adult, and start taking 100 percent responsibility for your life, you will be 100 percent satisfied with the results.

    Ernie J. Zelinski
    International Best-Selling Author
    “Helping Adventurous Souls Live Prosperous and Free”
    Author of the Bestseller “How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free”
    (Over 200,000 copies sold and published in 9 languages)
    and the International Bestseller “The Joy of Not Working’
    (Over 250,000 copies sold and published in 17 languages)

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  6. Erin Brenner

    Ernie, I agree. Too many authors just don’t understand publishing. It’s a business, and one you have to work very hard in to succeed. If those dissatisfied writers had a real-world understanding of publishing, they’d be happier. Perhaps not more successful, but happier.

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