Just spent a few minutes over at Joe Konrath’s blog – something I recommend any indie author do now and again (if not daily). Good way to get a solid kick in the backside and remember that success in writing is a ten year plan, not a two year or six month plan. Konrath succeeds because he writes good books. A lot of them. And he independently sells them on Amazon and elsewhere. And he’s built up a solid fan base over several years by consistently providing good content.
At any rate, he put to rest the notion that e-books are a “bubble,” like some talking heads in Europe and elsewhere have been predicting, or that the market is anywhere near “saturated.” He made a great point: that he’d have to sell something like 10,000 books a day, and it would still take him the rest of his life to saturate the market. Oh, and he said this almost a year ago, and Amazon has sold over 6 million more kindles since then. That doesn’t take into account all the other e-readers out there.
Bottom line: I have to keep writing and releasing more books. Keep up the quality. Keep writing the stuff that people are buying (and it’s been a little hit and miss so far), and keep going.
Now that I’m refreshed from reading a little Feist, I think I can finally put Eye of Darkness to bed and get on with some more novels.