Sunday, August 22, 2010

Publishing Business Low Down

Photograph by KellyB
A number of interesting things are happeing in publishing this month. Specifically 'General Market' or secular publishing but we see the effects trickle down into other markets.  Publisher's Weekly reported that Dorchester, a publisher of mass market romance, has dropped its print publishing business in favor of an e-book / print-on-demand model.

This ties in with something Terry Burns wrote in his blogpost for From the Heart, Heartline Literary's webiste, an excellent post explaining the difference between self-publishing and print-on-demand.  It seems that the idea of e-books being a growth market is catching on big time.

Speaking of technology. Writer's Digest recently posted an article on the Anatomy of a Writer's Website that was timely in its advice. They likened the author website to a business card and that it shows editors and publishers that you are a professional that can be reached by readers, or for assignents like articles and speaking engagements. 

The article goes on to list some of the mainstays of the do-it-yourself web domains and some 'for hire' professional sites.  The thrust of the article is clear though...Your blog and your book website are two different things meant for two different audiences. I urge you to take a look at the post.

Over all the trends in publishing and technology aren't unexpected. No one is hailing the reign of the e-book just yet or predicting the demise of brick-and-mortar retailers anytime soon. Small steps in the direction of more effiecient, less costly ways of doing business are the order for now.  For writers, the message is clear. Keep honing your craft and refining your work because no matter what the still is all about the quality of the product.

Until next time...Go Write!


Judging from the comments, there seems to be some confusion over what the article says.  The writer suggests using BOTH sites, the blog AND the book site, to complement each other.

I don't think its a matter of choosing one over the other, only recognizing the different audiences.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll check out that last site. I'd decided to skip the static website and focus on a blog instead.

Tessa Conte said...

Nice post, I'll have to have a look at the Writers' Digest post.

However, I think I'll stick with my blog until I'm an actual author (rather than a writer9... ; P

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Alex, I think you're making a wise decision. A blog is living, breathing, and ever-changing -- all leading visitors to drop by on a repeated basis.

Raquel, as always you have a thought provoking post. Are ebooks the wave of the future? Maybe.

Only time will tell. But it's best to think ahead and plan to be flexible.

Have a great week, Roland

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Anonymous said...

Really good post, Thanks for the links.

Raquel Byrnes said...

Glad you guys decided to go and check out the article. The writer suggests using BOTH sites, the blog AND the book site, to complement each other.

I don't think its a matter of choosing one over the other, only recognizing the different audiences.

Cheryl Linn Martin said...

Thanks for the info, Raquel! I went to the article and it has good info. What's your opinion on starting a web site before you actually have a publishing contract? As you know, I have a blog where I'll comment a bit on my series, but I have only reserved a domain for my web page. Haven't gone beyond that.

Raquel Byrnes said...

Cheryl - I actually find it cathartic because in all the waiting to hear back on proposals and the like...I can think positively and with optimism and get my book website "ready".

Right now, its mostly for my sanity.=)

Walter Knight said...

A small press has no choice but to publish print on demand (POD) books because of expenses. It is a vicious cycle, though, because brick and mortar stores will not put a POD book on its shelf. This makes print sales difficult, and restricted to online.

However, the Kindle eReader is the savior of small presses because it puts small publishers on the same level playing field as large publishers. Over two million avid readers own Kindle E readers, and that amount will double this Christmas. Those Kindle owners only shop from the Kindle catalogue. Kindle will be the next big thing to buy, like the iPod was last year.

My new science fiction series, America's Galactic Foreign Legion, sold 100 books in July, mostly Kindle books. AGFL sold 500 books in August, all but 5 were Kindle. Kindle saved my writing project, and sales are now excelerating due to my high Kindle sales rating and catalogue listing.

So, it's not just wishful thinking Kindle and E-books are the future. For me, Kindle is the present.