In Publishing News this week,
The annual writing income surveys from the UK, the US, and Australia all hit the news, leaving authors hot and bothered. For many, it was proof that their unsettled feelings that icebergs were ahead was completely right. Writer incomes have dropped all around the world.
The Guardian published the UK findings and then Joanne Harris explained how this drop would impact the books being published in the future.
Australia had a more rigorous approach with Macquarie University publishing breakdowns over 8 key findings from their survey. The impact of the PLR and the ELR income saving the children’s writers particularly.
Written Word Media took a different approach and looked at the backlist and its impact on writer income. There it was a different story. The bigger the backlist you control the better for your income.
Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware has been looking at scam publishers who contact writers telling them that their backlist can be reissued with only a few changes … just sign here. Beware fishhooks. Victoria details how you can get out of these traps if you find yourself in one.
Kris Rusch has been looking at the judges’ comments on the PRH and Simon and Schuster court case and making some pithy comments of her own on bestsellers. This is an informative read, in light of the author income survey results which came out after Kris had written her article.
Over in Europe, audiobook companies are scrambling to get a bigger share of the market and another audiobook company abandons the unlimited subscription model. Mark Williams of The New Publishing Standard also casts a weather eye on Nextory’s venture into adding News and Magazines to its subscriptions.
With all the stress of the writers' income reports Beth Barany of Writing and Wellness suggests 7 different types of rest that writers need to restore their creativity.
In The Craft Section,
The best places to write- K M Weiland
The importance of writing your thoughts down- Rachel Thompson
The eighth element the author needs- Donald Maass- READ and BOOKMARK!
The 4 stages of writing a novel- Beth Barany
When to use a scene or a summary- Savannah Gilbo - Bookmark
In The Marketing Section,
The 2023 literary calendar for marketing ideas- Sandra Beckwith- BOOKMARK
6 things to know before publishing a book in 2023- Penny Sansevieri
The ultimate guide to Book Distribution tools – Bookbub- Bookmark
Pivoting Genres and Mindsets for Success- Joanna Penn Interview with Dan Padavona
Terry Odell has a great article on writer priorities… it’s all about finding out what are the big important things to you.
Another week, another great list of writers’ gifts. This time Katie Weiland lists the best gifts she has received over the years.
Meanwhile, a winning lottery ticket will be on every writers wish list.
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