It is cold and wet. June blasts from Antarctica have ensured that we know Winter has arrived. I spent a hopeful five minutes today looking at this publishing mini conference on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. It is in the northern hemisphere winter... and as I turn up the heating and work on the Tinderbox conference I’m wishing I could just transfer the whole thing onto a cruise ship.
This week Book Expo America (BEA) has been on. Online discussions have been on the business of publishing and reaction to Scalzi's $3.4m publishing deal. There are a whole lot of green eyed authors out there who have let their vitriol get away on them. Then there are the calm reasoned authors who talk about the business and what Scalzi’s deal might mean to authors going forward. Kris Rusch has an excellent analysis and I urge you to read the comments for the great discussion on contracts. Then there is John Scalzi himself who lays out what the deal means to him for the next decade. This is a very generous set of posts for an author to do. Read and Learn and raise a glass to him. By the way he is a fantastic author!
The Nielson figures came out this week on e-book sales last year and Futurebook has a handy analytical break down of the figures. Overall the sales were down 6% but as Nielson was doing a five year comparison, in 2010 the number of e-books sold were 68 million and last year it was 240 million, I don’t think anyone is too worried. Among lots of interesting data was this nugget, juvenile fiction is on the rise.
Publishing Perspectives reported on BEA and the global rise of... adult colouring books. Invest now in Faber Castell. Porter Anderson reported on the digital conference held at BEA. With the huge amount of books now we need curators more than ever... and that is where the reader has to step up. Interesting article.
Jane Friedman is one of the Go To people for a perspective on the publishing industry and here in her latest interview I think she nails how the publishing industry is now and where it might be going in the future. This is a bookmark post.
In the Craft Section,
Putting your best work out there- Jody Hedlund
10 steps to editing with focus- (Bookmark)
How to write a brief synopsis- Janet Reid- (Bookmark)
How to organise your writing life, tracking characters- Julia Kelly (Bookmark)
In the Marketing Section,
5 lessons learned between books 5and 6 - Molly Greene
A quick lesson on creating imprints- Joel Friedlander (Bookmark)
Formatting to print from MS Word – Jami Gold (Bookmark)
How to repurpose your blog posts -Nina Amir
5 top apps for writers – Wendy Jones
Who can resist an Infographic? Here is a great one looking at the publishing process. Two years to a print book.
Choices abound in publishing 2015 but you can’t get away from this pithy piece of advice.
Writing is an Art and Publishing is a Business – Chuck Wendig