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Dana Beth Weinberg

About Dana Beth Weinberg

Dana Beth Weinberg, received her doctorate from Harvard University and is Professor of Sociology at Queens College—CUNY, where she directs the MA program in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research. Her research focuses on organizational behavior, work and occupations. Inspired by her own experiences as a novelist, her current research examines how digitization is changing the book industry for readers, writers and publishers. She also writes crime thrillers as D. B. Shuster. Find Dana at danabethweinberg.com or @DBWeinberg. Find her fiction-writing alter ego at dbshuster.com.

Which Authors Do Subscription Services Benefit?

Subscriptions services may yet turn out to be a next game-changer in publishing, but for the moment that market is in a state of flux and expansion. Oyster recently added an ebookstore loaded with Big Five titles, a move that could in turn bolster the subscription model, potentially attracting new readers and making the brand more competitive...

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The Trouble with Indie Math

The self-publishing platform Lulu.com recently published this infographic drawing on data from the latest report based on the Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey as well as from the Author Earnings project: Lulu’s intent is to tout the benefits of going indie—and indeed, the service makes a lot of good points, many of...

Why Authors and Readers Still Want Print

Some of the biggest book industry events and trends of the past few years, including the closing of Borders bookstores, the rise in popularity of tablets and e-readers and the exponential growth in the number of ebooks (as well as of digital-only authors and publishers) could easily give the impression that print is becoming...

Authors Playing the Long Game in a Tough Book Market

In the 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey, we noticed low satisfaction scores for sales, marketing and earnings among the authors in our sample, leading us to speculate that there was a gap between authors’ expectations and the realities of the book market, where it is very difficult to sell a large number of books....

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Lessons and Expectations as the Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey Evolves

This year marks the third year that Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest are surveying authors on their publishing experiences and income. When I came on board last year, I began by revisiting the numbers from the inaugural Author Survey published in early 2013. While Digital Book World’s then–editorial director Jeremy Greenfield had already...

Empowering Writers with Data

A close writer friend called last week with a dilemma. She needs some extra money in her pocket within the next year and has a book project ready to go: Should she sign with a traditional publisher or go indie? What’s the better choice given her money situation right now? What’s the better choice...

Should Self-Publishing Authors Hire Editors, Producers and Cover Designers? Team Publishing vs. DIY

Related: Author Report 2013-2014 Self-publishing is something of a misnomer, given the various ways that authors can publish books outside of a traditional publishing relationship. In particular, we might consider two modes of indie publishing, do-it-yourself and team publishing. DIY is for authors who go it entirely alone. Authors who seek to make their...

Are Literary Agents Really Worth Their Commission?

Do I need an agent? The longstanding advice to new writers was that if they had any hope of a successful career in publishing they absolutely needed an agent. Myriad books and blogs have been devoted to the topics of how to pitch agents and how to find the right agent. Unfortunately for most...

Authors’ Views on the Value of Agents

Do I need an agent? The longstanding advice to new writers was that if they had any hope of a successful career in publishing, they absolutely needed an agent. Myriad books and blogs have been devoted to the topics of how to pitch agents and how to find the right agent. Unfortunately for most...

Analyzing the Author Earnings Data Using Basic Analytics

Last week, when I was interviewed on the Self-Publishing Roundtable about the Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest 2014 Author Survey, I was surprised to learn of the deep animosity many indie authors felt toward this survey and its reporting. For Phil Sexton, who was also with me on the panel, and for myself,...