A truly superb post from Peter M. Ball

Things I would do if I were planning on becoming an indie publisher…


To put it bluntly: I wouldn’t even bother epublishing until I was routinely cranking out 2,500 to 3,000 words every day on a regular basis. Admittedly this isn’t necessarily a difficult number to hit, even for slackers such as myself, but it’s worth noting that it’s been a very long time since I could routinely be relied upon to maintain that kind of writing pace over a prolonged period of time. I work a day-job, after all, and I’m well and truly out of practice.

The thing is this  – writing has always been a numbers game. The more you produce, the more likely you are to have a sustainable career that’s financially rewarding. Literary Agent Donald Maas has said you’re not really a writer until you have five books published – that’s roughly the point when you can safely assume you have an audience. I’ve heard that number pushed out to as high as ten books in other venues. Your mileage may vary.

The rest is here. Worth a read for folks already acting as indie publishers, quite frankly.

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