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.