Hugh Howey is a self published ebook wunderkind. He self published sci-fi My Wool series in the Fall of 2011 and it became an overnight success. He enjoyed a place as #1 Bestseller in Science Fiction on Amazon, and his film was optioned by Ridley Scott and Steve Zailli for a potential feature film.
As a result of finding that “half of the top 10 bestselling science fiction authors on Amazon right now are self-published or published with Amazon” he recently blogged on what advice he had for traditional publishers.
The first thing I would do would be the most important, and that would be to form a community among my stable of HarperCollins authors. I haven’t seen this discussed anywhere else (makes me wonder if it’s a daft idea), but I think the #1 advantage self-published authors have right now is a sense of community. We hang out in the same forums (usually KBoard’s Writers’ Cafe); we chat with each other on FB and in private groups and through email lists; we congregate at conventions and conferences; and we share with one another. We share sales data. We share promotional tools and ideas. We let one another know what works and what doesn’t. If there’s a glitch with a distributor, we point it out. If there’s a way to increase visibility, we tell everyone. If we stumble upon a secret, we broadcast it.
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