Well, it’s finally here: the 2017 survey for readers of independently published literary fiction.
But before you do, you may want to read on for another moment…..
The market for independently published fiction has expanded for several genres: romance, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and all sub-genres therein.
But the market for independently published works of literary fiction has lagged due to the more conservative aspect of its readers. A large segment of readers of literary fiction prefer traditionally published works from the Big 5 publishers. They prefer to follow the lead of the New York Times Review of Books and those institutions that dole out important awards to a few select works of notable fiction each year.
But as with all things in our digital age, change must come. And it will come for literary fiction, in terms of where we find such fiction, who writes and publishes it (we, the independent authors) and how well it is received by readers.
Let’s help that process along. Independently published literary fiction should succeed on their merits and they need an online forum. Online categories for literary fiction, such as what one finds on Amazon, should not be dominated by traditionally published fiction or by independently published works that really belong to other genres and have no business appearing in the category.
After this survey closes and assuming reader feedback warrants it, I propose to launch an e-newsletter for readers dedicated entirely and exclusively to independently published literary fiction. To be successful, though, I need to find out how readers of independent fiction currently find works they will find attractive. So this survey is a market research project.
Thanks for your thoughtful reply and I’ll see you soon with the results.