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Hugh Howey and 1000 True Fans

PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:01 am
by Dreaming Imrryr
Hugh Howey became a very successful indie (independent or self published) author and later was picked up by a traditional publisher.

He talks about how 1000 true fans can help indie authors make a yearly wage if the author puts out enough quality and quantity.

The 1000 true fans theory was created by Kevin Kelly in an article he wrote. It basically says that if a creative artist can get 1000 true fans and have direct contact with them and thereby earning a higher percentage from each sale by removing the middle men, then that artist can earn a living if that artist puts out enough quality and quantity.

A true fan is someone who likes your work so much that they buy anything and everything that you create and the true fan will also help lesser fans (fans who only buy some of your work) discover you by talking your work up to their friends and family and promoting your work on their blogs and posting about it on Twitter, Instagram, etc.

The 1000 true fans theory doesn't mean you need exactly 1000 true fans, you might need more or less, the main point of the theory is that if you get a higher percentage of each sale by removing the middle men, then you don't need millions of fans to earn a living.

The 1000 true fans theory is just a theory, your experience may vary. I'm not saying if I believe in the theory or not, I'm just putting it out for discussion.

Hugh Howey talks about 1000 true fans, the link skips ahead to the needed part:
https://youtu.be/308h93B5pbo?t=826

Re: Hugh Howey and 1000 True Fans

PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:05 am
by Dreaming Imrryr
Kevin Kelly talks about 1000 true fans:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wlg3808gDic

Re: Hugh Howey and 1000 True Fans

PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:07 am
by Dreaming Imrryr
This is a nice video about 1000 true fans:
https://vimeo.com/63654060

Re: Hugh Howey and 1000 True Fans

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:02 am
by ostarella
"if the author puts out enough quality and quantity."

The problem is, not every writer can do the former. If they can, readers will eagerly wait for the next book, whenever it comes out. I'm also not really fond of the term "fans" - I'd rather have readers. ;)

Re: Hugh Howey and 1000 True Fans

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:20 am
by Dreaming Imrryr
Hi ostarella. Nice to see you posting again. :)

Re: Hugh Howey and 1000 True Fans

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:15 pm
by williamadams