Hello! I’m back and writing the blog, and thanks so much to Michelle and MJ for their fantastic guest posts this week. In response to some of the questions on yesterday’s post, MJ wanted to point people to this post of hers, about staying alive in the publishing biz, because breakouts often take time.
Speaking of the economics of the book biz, Colleen Lindsay recently posted an excellent summary of Wiley marketing manager Andrew Wheleer’s breakdown of the buying decisions bookstores make, and why some new books are getting dropped from the chains. Both posts provide indispensable insight into the backroom economics of the publishing industry
International bestselling author Torey Hayden will soon be embarking on an awesome online project. She’s going to be serializing Torgon’s Story, which was originally part of her novel OVERHEARD IN A DREAM, online at her Myspace Blog.
Reader M. Clement Hall was kind enough to point me to a Reuters article that analyzed the new e-readers at the Frankfurt Book Fair. E-reader manufacturers, needless to say, are bullish on the business.
Jessica Faust at Bookends recently tackled one of the most difficult questions we blogging agents face: How much responsibility does an agent bear if a novel doesn’t sell? It’s a really tough question to answer because of so many variables, but she does a great job answering it.
Amazon’s company buying spree isn’t just for book businesses anymore! Now they’ve purchased an electronic gaming developer, leading some to speculate that they might be trying to build gaming into the Kindle.
And finally, speaking of the Kindle, Joe Wikert shot down a suggestion by Joe Esposito that e-books will lead to a “just-in-time” purchasing model, i.e., we won’t buy extra e-books for later that we never end up reading the way we do with printed books. Joe Wikert says the ease of buying e-books leads people to lose their minds and purchase too many. As someone with three unread but purchased books sitting in my Kindle, I’m with Joe (Wikert) on this one.
Have a great weekend!