Yeah, when a new Author Earnings Report comes out, that trumps all else I’d talk about – because hard data on the state of the market is far better than any speculation or advice!
This report is in far greater depth – not only did they crawl the top 100 in subgenre, but print, audio, and also-boughts as well. It’s tracking over 1 million titles, to shine a light into the previously dark unknown of who and what isn’t on a bestseller list but is still selling, and how, and where. And the results – are impressive!
In discussions at Passive Voice, Data Guy answered questions with two more links that may have slipped by you – but contains some really important data.
First, a hard data snapshot of who in the market is charging what price points, and how much they’re earning (what price points are selling, and how much).
Second, the Big 5 are charging higher prices for their debut authors than their established. No, really, check it out.
Even if you weren’t following Kris Rusch’s series on contract clauses ( http://kriswrites.com/ ) that make her want to shower just from reading them, this makes it very, very hard to come up with any reason to go with a major publisher – and to watch the small ones’ contract language and advantages vs. disadvantages carefully!