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Authors, Writers and aspiring writers-authors needed!

Authors, Writers and aspiring writers-authors needed!

Authors, Writers and aspiring writers-authors needed!

Authors, Writers and aspiring writers-authors needed!

 

Not long ago, we published a summary of the statistics emanating from a Taleist results from their survey about self-publishers.

Since then, a lot of criticism has been launched at the validity of the survey

Here are some of the weaknesses identified

  • It lumped in hybrid authors and self-published authors
  • It did not pose the same questions to traditionally published authors
  • It did not quantify what it meant to “Live from your book earnings”, leading some authors who answered the survey to be very surprised to find themselves lumped in the “Top Earners” category
  • They will not release their data so that others can analyze
  • The survey had only 1007 interviewees

Michael J. Sullivan, author of the Riyria Revelations, is attempting to correct this situation with a survey of his own  and  need as many writers as possible -from all backgrounds, even aspiring writers,  to add some data to the equation.

So, as we would all benefit from a better picture of what is happening on the publishing/self-publishing scene, take a few moment of your time to answer Sullivan’s survey about self publishers.

Sullivan will send the raw data to all survey participants, with permission to use them and republish them on their own blog if they feel so inclined

So let’s draw the publishing scene together and take the survey?

Thank you all for your time and effort.

 

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One Response to "Authors, Writers and aspiring writers-authors needed!"

  1. Rayne Hall says:

    I tried to do the survey, because the previous one was woefully inadequate with sample much too small to be representative. But this survey takes HOURS to complete.

    If you want people to give up their own writing in order to spend time filling in your survey, you might offer to pay an hourly fee. I’ve wasted two hours, before I realised there still was no end in sight, and decided I had enough.

    Plus, it asked questions to which I did not know the answers, and rejected honest answers such as “I don’t know.” Indeed it forces participants to invent answers, and this won’t lead to honest results.

    Having attempted to participate and experienced how difficult the questions make honesty, I won’t trust the survey results.

    By the way, the questions are riddled with grammatical errors. You might consider hiring an editor to check your survey questions before you publish them.

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