Episode 135 – Early Adopters, Working Smarter, and Conquering Paperbacks (with Derek Siddoway)

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Question of the Week: Which stage of technological adoption is self-publishing in and why? Innovation, Early Adopters, Early Majority, Late Majority, or Laggards?

Happy November! Jim and Bryan welcomed back Derek Siddoway of Book Review 22 for another Lab segment, but not before thanking their latest patrons Jennifer Evans (and her book Peaks of Passion http://bit.ly/pleaspnt ), Matthew Paulson (and his book The Ten-Year Turnaround http://www.amztk.com/tenyearturnaround ), and Randy Stapilus (and his book What Sells Books http://www.ridenbaughpress.com/whatsellsbooks/ ). This week, the candidate champs discussed tips on working smarter, diversifying income, and Amazon review rules. News stories included Nook Press changes, a recent scam, the dissolution of a big Author Solutions Relationship, a new freelance law, the likelihood of books disappearing, and being an early adopter. This week’s Question of the Week: Which stage of technological adoption is self-publishing in and why? Innovation, Early Adopters, Early Majority, Late Majority, or Laggards?
What You’ll Learn:
  • How authors can earn a living by working smarter, not harder
  • Why authors should try new things and diversify income
  • How new Amazon review rules will affect indie authors
  • What changes Nook Press has in store for its users
  • How and why scammers rose through the Kindle bestseller ranks
  • What move Barnes & Noble made with Author Solutions
  • How a new law will affect authors working with freelancers
  • Why the paperback book may not be so bad off after all
  • Why author technology has improved so much in the last few years
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Question of the Week: Which stage of technological adoption is self-publishing in and why? Innovation, Early Adopters, Early Majority, Late Majority, or Laggards?

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  • “I’ve seen so many scams. I’ve seen so many cookie schemes.” – Jim Kukral

    I just found the title of my next middle grade novel. #BiggerThanHarryPotter #ThanksForTheTitleKukral

  • Spider McGee

    Future hipsters will take to paperback books like they now take to vinyl. There will always be books, because there will always be people who refuse to deal with technology. These will be the people who have it made when the apocalypse comes (on or about November 9 of this year). So, people, here’s the deal: I got thousands of paperback books, a little vinyl, and about 70 manual typewriters. Come deal with me in the next few days and the typewriters are $150 each. After the election, they’re a thousand bucks each…and I’ll only accept gold or rifle ammunition as payment.

    BTW Bryan: I’ve heard a few episodes of the new show. You really let loose there. I bet you’re not even wearing a tie when you tape. You madman, you.

    • Bryan

      I have been known to sport a bow tie, but it’s plaid, so not formal at all.

  • Laura Martone

    Great show, guys. Amusing and informative, as always. As for the QOTW, I can only answer it in terms of where Dan (my writing partner) and I currently are. Since technology made it easier to be a successful indie publisher, six or seven years back, plenty of innovators and early adopters started to make a go of it. Dan and I observed and celebrated this success from afar, but didn’t feel ready to jump into the fray ourselves. Now, as part of the middle majority, we realize we waited longer than we probably should have to write and publish our stories. But, no matter how technology helps to shape and reshape the indie publishing industry – even if all printed books are one day replaced by audiobooks and VR reading experiences – people will still crave stories that inspire, educate, and entertain them. So, as naïve as it might sound, it’s never too late to be a storyteller. You just have to have an open mind, a determined spirit, and a solid business plan that you’re not afraid to restructure if necessary. P.S. Congrats, Bryan, on your naughty SNTS episodes, and good luck with the fairy tale anthology. As always, I’m rooting for you!

    • Bryan

      Thanks, Laura! I like that, the middle majority. As always, I appreciate the support :).

  • Laura Morelli
    • Bryan

      Haha, Laura. That’s good :).

  • I’ll go with early majority. I still see a lot of pushback and won’t go there out there.

    • Bryan

      I think that’s fair.

  • I honestly think we’re still in the early adopters phase. Once we’ve converted more traditionally published authors I think we’ll be in the early majority. It will take a big shift from the trad pub world to make that happen. Then all new authors starting out will shift mindset to assuming they will be indies and have to consider trad publishing as plan B.

    Also Rocket the Cat has my vote for SMBS President.

    • Bryan

      Good point, Nathan. And yay for Rocket!