There is No Snappy Title That Ties These Items Together

Three quick things this morning:

1. E-book Sales Drop: I’m Not The Only One

Last week I posted about my dip in e-book sales in May, a trend which (eek!) seems to be continuing this month. Now I see the Kindle King, Joe Konrath, also experienced a drop in his sales. His message to e-book authors was not to panic and I’m not – I wasn’t – but I think this whole thing is just so fascinating. He’s a household name (in book world households, at least), writes fiction and has countless books for sale while I am a relative nobody, write non-fiction and have only one book for sale, and not only did we both experience a drop in sales for the first time at the same time, but there was only one percentage point between our respective drops. (His was 15%, mine was 16%. And math isn’t my strong point, so maybe they were even the same.) Isn’t that just fascinating? Doesn’t it make your head hurt when you to try to figure out why? But don’t you want to know? Or do I just need to get out more? Answers on a postcard, please…

2. Guest Post and a Self-Printed Giveaway

I’m on one of my very favorite blogs this morning, Talli Roland’s, guest posting about self-publishing without saying “gatekeepers.” Do pop over for a look, and for a chance to win copies of Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing. 

(If you’ve already read Self-Printed, you’ve already heard of Talli; she’s the author of the hilarious The Hating Game who did a very effective “blog splash” on the day it was released. And speaking of The Hating Game, it’s at a bargain price on Kindle at the moment.)

Photo credit: Laura Pearson

3. Mousetrapped at Mousemeets

You may recall that back in April, I was invited to speak at Mousemeets, the UK’s only Disney fan convention. That’s me in the photo above, seated at the table to the left, signing copies of Mousetrapped and meeting loads of lovely Disney people. The latest episode of the Disneybrit Podcast contains – ooh, the horror! – the audio of me reading a bit of Mousetrapped and me giving a little talk about my time in Orlando. Click here to listen to it or search for the Disneybrit Podcast in the iTunes store.

(Everything so far this week has involved the number 3. What’s that about?)

8 thoughts on “There is No Snappy Title That Ties These Items Together

    • catherineryanhoward says:

      I know, isn’t it? There’s probably no simple answer as to why e-book sales dipped, but I’d love to know! 🙂

      Thank you, and yes, the signing was popular – I ran out of books!

  1. Tahir says:

    Yeah, this really is fascinating. The 15% vs 16% is a coincidence though, because the margin of error on your 15% is as much as factor of two (i.e. under the same market conditions, random factors could have made your actual drop in sales to be somewhere in the range 8% to 22%). Sorry, I haven’t got around to writing that article yet.

  2. Talli Roland says:

    Thanks for such a wonderful guest post on my blog! Loads of people commented to me how useful it was. And a big thank you for mentioning me in ‘Self Printed’! I’m honoured.

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