So, have you seen all the babble the last week or so about self-publishing phenom Hugh Howey’s latest project? He recently launched a website titled Author Earnings. Here’s the statement from their About page:
Welcome to AuthorEarnings, where our purpose is to gather and share information so that writers can make informed decisions. Our secondary mission is to call for change within the publishing community for better pay and fairer terms in all contracts. This is a website by authors and for authors.
Apparently a tech-savvy friend of his created a software program that can crawl websites and gather data about e-books. Howey published the first report here…and boy, you’d have thought the sky was falling by the avalanche of responses. Trad-publishing gurus have tried to tear the report apart, and self-publishing advocates have posted some scathing responses.
I fail to understand the big deal. It’s one day of data grabbed from one website, Amazon. Sure, Howey says he intends to publish more reports, so I imagine that in the future, it will be useful to authors who like to scroll through mounds of data. But I’m not convinced that it means that self-publishing is an gosh-awesome-sauce-gold-mine like some. Neither do I think that it’s a demon-spawned conspiracy like others. 😛
So, have you read the report and the subsequent kerfuffle? What do you think?