Indie vs Traditional Author SurveyBy Mercy Pilkington
Michael J. Sullivan, author of The Riyria Revelations, is in the data gathering stage of updating a previously published Taleist survey that sought to measure how authors fared in self-publishing. Authors of any variety—including traditionally published, self- or digitally-only published, hybrid, and aspiring authors—are invited to take part in this survey.
The previous Taleist survey, the results of which were published as an ebook that authors and publishers could purchase in order to learn more concrete information on self-publishing, came under attack for a variety of reasons, including a having a relatively small pool of respondents and the unquantifiable nature of some of the questions. While some of the criticisms were beyond the control of the survey takers, others felt that the approach to the questions could have been more professional.
This new survey seeks to correct some of the ambiguities of the original survey but will also make the raw data on the survey available to the public with permissions to reprint. The original survey did not make its data available, only the published survey results, which can also serve to make some question its validity and therefore render it unusable as a source for future articles.
To take part in this survey, access it by clicking HERE.
Mercy Pilkington is a young-adult author and a teacher in a correctional facility. She does not have a single textbook in her classroom. With the top-of-the-line technology at her disposal and the low reading ability of many of her students, there’s no need for standard paper texts. Instead she relies on e-readers, iPads, desktop PCs, Polycom video conferencing equipment for virtual field trips, live streaming for science demonstrations, and text-to-speech read-aloud software to teach English and science. Within the next ten years, public school classrooms across the country are going to look a lot more like Mercy’s classroom because the educational possibilities with these kinds of technologies are limitless. Have a question? Send an email to email@example.com