But seriously, here's the thing: For the past two weeks I've been researching the new world of publishing, trying to find the common denominator between the success that Joe Konrath has enjoyed in selling his works in electronic format, and the success that Amanda Hocking has had.
A few conclusions:
- Konrath and Hocking write in different, almost mutually exclusive genres
- Konrath came from the world of traditional publishing, while Hocking was a complete unknown
- Konrath has spent a decade promoting his work, while Hocking has far less experience (though as Belinda points out, she didn't just sit on her tookus)
At the end of the day, if you want to make money publishing your work electronically, you need to have a body of work for readers to discover, and cross-buy. Each offering will boot-strap the other works (if your work is any good).
Conclusion: I need to stop worrying about research and marketing, at least right now, and start finishing some dang writing.