It’s my Blog Birthday.
Fifteen years ago the word on the publishing street was ‘life is good in the trade.’ People in publishing were excited by the new 13 digit ISBN number. Publishing companies were looking sideways at the new Hachette conglomerate, made up of several big publishing houses and a host of smaller ones. Mergers were still scary stories told over drinks at publishing conferences. Amazon was a small outfit selling second hand books, odd digital stories and a new device called the Kindle.
Into this gentle pool I waded… not able to see the drop off or the funny fish with the lights.
The Global Financial Crisis happened. Publishers began merging or disappearing and the Kindle blew open the publishing world.
Fifteen years later, publishing conferences are just coming back again after the Covid years.
In Publishing News this week...
London Book Fair launched this week with all kinds of fanfare and a shocking arrest as Publishers Weekly details.
Meanwhile, publishing pundit Brian O’Leary thinks it’s time to shake up the publishing supply chain (there must be a better way after 15 years of the same old thing.)
Fifteen years ago Publisher’s Weekly would have never published an article on how a traditionally published children’s writer dumped by his publisher went Independent and made money.
And they wouldn’t have given the time of day to Manga and how the format has gone global changing the way graphic novels are being read everywhere.
The Alliance of Independent Authors crunched the numbers on their writers income survey which makes interesting reading. I guessed that the Romance Authors were printing money but it surprised me how high the children’s writers were on the survey.
While every writer wonders if anyone is reading, Nielsen took a look at who was buying translated fiction- it turns out everyone is. Men making up nearly half of the readers…along with women under the age of 24.
Joanna Penn has an interview with a small press publisher about the challenges of niche publishing. It’s full of advice and best practice.
Have you challenged yourself to write a multi point of view story? Barbara Linn Probst on Writer Unboxed has an article of how writers have tackled telling a story with many different voices.
In The Craft Section,
9 hidden problems in your Scene writing- Tim Grahl
Finding the beginning – John Gilstrap- Bookmark
Prologues vs Flasbacks- K M Weiland- Bookmark
Before beginning the first novel-Luke Lovelady
Short stories can have character arcs- Jami Gold-Bookmark
In The Marketing Section,
Trade Book Reviews- Behind The Scenes- Sandra Beckwith
Updated how to publish a book on Amazon- Dave Chesson-
8 book marketing strategies to master- Penny Sansevieri
How to get the best cover design- Vasalysa Zaturets- Bookmark
Tiktok for Authors video workshop- Shayla Raquel- Bookmark
App Sumo have a fantastic deal for the Depositphotos website. 100 photos for $39. Every time this deal comes along designers, publishers, marketers jump on it. Everything is royalty free and you have unlimited time to use the pics/videos/animations/ vectors/ illustrations.
I have been in and out of a now spare room trying to figure out how I would organise my writing office. After 15 years I might finally get one that is not the kitchen table or the armchair or a friends spare room. It’s a big step. First, I have to get rid of all the accumulated stuff in there. Then, I might have to get rid of some books. When I ventured this thought, my family thought I had a fever. Articles like sprucing up your writing nook offer lots of incentive….
If you have been reading from the beginning THANK YOU for sharing the journey with me. It has been a rollercoaster ride. Every now and then someone shouts me a coffee and makes me feel particularly special. This week I’ll be eating cake with the coffee.
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