Since 2011 we have worked hard to keep our subscribers one step ahead of the publishing curve in a variety of ways. We understand how expensive it is to be an author, beyond the creation and publishing of a book. Marketing and sales encompass so much more than just asking people to buy your book and marketing is not cheap.
This includes authors doing in-person events and programs, which most do not want to do. But with over 750,000 authors in the world, who are producing an average of 1.5 books per year, that is a lot of competition. Each author is seeking to get readers to buy and read their books. It is for that reason the average number of books sold for the indie author is only 528 books per title. That is not enough to live on or even to truly cover the cost of being an author.
Your time and energy matters and that is our main focus, to help you succeed and earn your fair share. However, while we work towards that goal, we also understand that authors need to have a place they feel comfortable in, where they can learn about the industry and how to become successful.
Our goal over the next five years is to buy an existing hotel in the Austin area and convert it into the premier location for writers and authors to be at home, and to grow as Authorpenurs. (We do have a location already selected and have begun working towards this goal. We will share the location and other information once we are in a position to do so.) This facility will include a bookstore where authors can earn up to 80% of their book sales. A warm, safe meeting place where other authors can share their knowledge and inspire each other, and so much more.
At this time, the Authors School of Business, includes classes in pre-publishing, publishing, marketing, and sales, the basics that every author needs to know. For us, that is not enough. We also want to create a place where authors can find everything, they need to successfully publish their books and so much more.
The future of books is clearly changing and to be a financially successful author, one must understand and at times embrace what the future has to offer. NFTs and the Metaverse are two good examples of the future for publishing with eBooks and audiobooks. We embrace these changes and work hard to keep the subscribers one step ahead of the competition. We are working towards a metaverse bookstore, that includes the NFTs for eBooks and audiobooks, while looking to see how we can also create fun ways to get more exposure for the indie author.
NFTs and the Metaverse are just a couple of new items we are working on to help authors to succeed. We vision much more for the future of authors.
We want a place where authors know that they are welcome, to celebrate who they are, and to inspire each other and future generations. This hotel complex will be that place where any author, at any level, from anywhere in the world will feel at home. Our objective is to create a One-Stop facility where any author from any background and knowledge skill can come and enjoy their learning experience while reaching for generational success.
The complex will be worth every cent, but we cannot do it alone. We hope you will consider being a part of our fundraising campaign when we launch ASB in 2023. Click on this email address and let us know you would like to be a part of this adventure and support your fellow writers: