Self Publishing·Writing

So, You Want to Write a Book?

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WARNING: Don’t read any further unless you understand these words from Steven Pressfield:

“The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered for hell, whether he knows it or not. He will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation.”

If you’re ready to dine, read on.

  • According to Google, nearly 130 million physical books existed worldwide in 2010.[ref]http://booksearch.blogspot.com/2010/08/books-of-world-stand-up-and-be-counted.html[/ref]
  • More than a million books are published in the U.S. every year, with up to two-thirds likely self-published.[ref]http://outthinkgroup.com/the-10-awful-truths-about-book-publishing/[/ref]
  • Amazon currently sells more than 31 million paperbacks, 11 million hardbacks, and 3 million Kindle Edition books.[ref]https://www.amazon.com/b/?node=283155: Scroll down and view the left sidebar.[/ref]
  • Audible is close to offering 1 million audiobooks.[ref]https://www.amazon.com/b/?node=283155: Scroll down and view the left sidebar.[/ref]
  • Apple touted a billion podcast subscriptions across 250,000 podcasts in 100 languages in 2013.[ref]http://www.macworld.com/article/2044958/apple-one-billion-itunes-podcast-subscriptions-and-counting.html[/ref]
  • Netflix has more than 81 million customers in 190 countries who can choose from 125 million hours of TV and movies.[ref]https://ir.netflix.com/[/ref]
  • Per FX Networks’ research, 2015 was the year of “Peak TV,” where 409 original scripted TV series existed on broadcast, cable, and online. This number is double the amount from just six years ago.[ref]http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/17/business/media/how-many-scripted-tv-shows-in-2015-a-precise-number-and-a-record.html?_r=0[/ref]
  • Spotify boasts 30 million paying subscribers (with more than 75 millions users total) who can choose to listen to more than 30 million different tracks.[ref]http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/21/11220398/spotify-hits-30-million-subscribers[/ref]
  • In 2015, 1.3 billion people spent more than 11 billion dollars to see movies in theaters.[ref]http://www.the-numbers.com/market/[/ref]
  • YouTube has a billion users who can watch hundreds of millions of hours of video.[ref]https://www.youtube.com/yt/press/statistics.html[/ref]
  • Facebook has nearly 1.5 billion monthly active users—that’s more than the population of China.[ref]http://sproutsocial.com/insights/facebook-stats-for-marketers/[/ref]
  • The Apple App Store offers more than 1.5 million apps.[ref]http://www.businessofapps.com/app-store-statistics-roundup/[/ref]
  • More than a billion websites exist. As of 2012, Google serves up more than 3.5 billion searches per day.[ref]http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/09/how-many-websites-are-there/408151/[/ref]

As Hugh Howey said,

“Books don’t compete with books; they compete with everything else.”

So, you want to write a book?

That’s the easy part.

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  1. Write a GREAT (or just interesting) book you can share the story on many of those bullets listed above. it’s all about sharing stories. And almost all stories start out as words on a page.

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