Independent digital publisher Bookouture saw a massive increase in its ebook sales in 2015 and is looking for more authors to join its growing list.
The company, which was set up in 2012, sold 2.47 million ebooks last year, a huge rise of 556% from 362,000 in 2014, which was itself a 373% increase from 81,000 in the previous year.
The figures are even more impressive when you consider Bookouture has published fewer than 100 titles after adding 44 last year and 27 in 2014.
Average ebook sales per book in 2015 was a fantastic 31,000, up by nearly 200% from 10,343 in 2014, and five new books sold over 100,000 copies.
The Bookouture results illustrate the growing strength of new smaller publishers set up to fill the gap between self-publishing and the big traditional publishers.
The company was founded by Oliver Rhodes who had been working for Harlequin’s Mills & Boon imprint. He aimed to take the best of traditional publishing and combine it with smart digital marketing and a global approach to author brands.
Bookouture claims to add value to authors and offers a decent ebook royalty deal of 45%, well above the 25% which is the norm among trad publishers.
It is looking for submissions from authors across a wide variety of genres, including:
- Contemporary Romance
- Paranormal Romance
- Historical Romance
- Romantic Suspense
- Romantic Comedy
- Women’s Fiction
- Chick Lit
- New Adult
- Young Adult
- Crime & Thriller
- Commercial Literary
- Multicultural Fiction
You can find out more about the submission requirements at Bookouture.