An editor friend and colleague recently noted the news of yet another round of layoffs coming in the top five New York publishers. Where exactly is mainstream publishing headed? One super-sized publisher, devoted only to sure-fire blockbusters and the complete disappearance of the already withered ‘midlist’? In light of this, I want… Continue reading The Normalization of Self-Publishing
Publisher’s Weekly reports that print sales are up in June. With all categories except adult nonfiction posting increases, unit sales of print books rose 5.6% in the week ended June 13, 2020, over the comparable week last year, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The YA categories had solid gains, with nonfiction sales jumping… Continue reading Print Sales Are Up This Month
Publisher’s Weekly will start a new listing of self-published books, and will pick the most interesting among submissions from authors to be reviewed. Of course, authors will have to pay for it.
Speaking of, “it was only a matter of time”, I see a lucky journalist has just signed a six-figure deal to write about BP.
Steve Wasserman in a follow-up segment at Mediabistro discusses whether authors should worry about the challenges facing the publishing industry by digital delivery. (It’s safe to say he won’t be running out to buy an iPad anytome soon.)