There isn’t a magic formula to publishing success. More than anything, it takes quality writing to find a loyal audience. However, as any author knows there are also other factors such as marketing, the rate at which you publish, and even the appeal of your cover art.
In a recent survey conducted by Smashwords, they identified the best practices and habits of successful authors.
As Smashwords Founder Mark Coker explained, “We can’t use data to determine the quality of a book’s writing or the brilliance of a cover image. However, the quantitative metrics we examine do provide indirect indications of such quality, as well as myriad other indirect clues that help authors view publishing in a completely new light.”
Here are their findings: