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Self-Published Titles Skyrocket, While Traditional Titles Continue to Decline

If you read this blog with any regularity, you’ve seen a theme developing.  Self-publishing is no longer the last option for authors. It’s quickly becoming the driving force in the industry.
The latest evidence: an article in Publishers Weekly titled, Self Publishing TitlesTopped 764,000 in 2009 as Traditional Output Dipped. In this article Jim Milliot reports that the latest Bowker data shows ” the number of “non-traditional” titles dwarfed those of traditional books.”
Included in this category are print-on-demand (POD) self-publishers such as Lulu, CreateSpace and Author Solutions imprints: AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Xlibris and Trafford Publishing.
So now days, if you chose to self-publish, you are not doing so as a last resort. You are on the leading edge.

….given the exceptional gains in the nontraditional publishing segment the last three years, growth in that area “show[s] no signs of abating.”

Kelly Gallagher, v-p of publishing services for Bowker

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Another Sign That Publishing is Changing: Book Expo America is now giving special focus to self publishing.

Earlier this week, I was extended an invitation to speak at the DIY Authors Conference which precedes  Book Expo America, (BEA). BEA has historically been the largest book industry trade show. The fact that the authors conference is now focused around self publishing and not just traditional publishing speaks volumes about the transformation underway in the  publishing industry.

My presentation will focus on the fact that this is the best time in the history of the world to be an author, because there are more choices and more opportunities to get published then ever before. This content is also the basis for a white paper I am writing on this same topic.  Stay tuned for more on this subject, and keep watching this blog for updates on the conference.

The author confernce at the largest book publishing tradeshow is focused on self publishing. Another sign of change.