Via a post by James Scott Bell at Kill Zone Blog: The Book Biz is A-Changin’
A) Amazon is beta testing AI-narration for audiobooks.
I would definitely be interested in this. I consider audio strictly a vanity project that is unlikely to pay for itself (I would like to be wrong). Although in some cases, I’m willing to pay real narrators, I would be very interested in a much cheaper option if the quality turned out to be acceptable.
B) The Author Guild survey for 2022 is out. Here it is if you would like to take a look.
C) Did you know that there are lots of scammers with websites that make them appear to be KDP or Amazon, but they aren’t, they’re just scammers? Lots and lots of versions. The real Amazon is suing twenty of them. Good start.
D) Goodreads is taking steps to stop review bombing. Also good. You probably know this, but review bombing is a concerted effort to tank someone’s book by getting lots of people to post one-star reviews all at the same time.
E) Jane Friedman participated in an interview describing how authors published by Big Five publishers are specifically seeing their income decline.
This is all interesting, but the Author Guild survey is particularly interesting. Let me take it apart a little.
–Median book income for full-time fiction authors is $15,000. I think this means gross income. I’m not totally sure of that because Author Guild does not specify, but gross income would be much easier data to collect.
–Median book income for full-time self-published authors was $12,500, in shouting distance of all full-time authors.
–Median book income for all authors was $2000. This includes about two-thirds of the authors, who said they were “part time,” as well as the roughly one-third who said “full time.”
–Romance authors are still doing best. No surprise. No mention of SFF, which is disappointing. Literary authors are doing horribly in comparison to other genres, no surprise there. Even worse that authors of biographies. Wow.
The Written Word Media 2023 survey will be very interesting. I don’t believe it’s out yet.