Convention vs. the Current Truths The sky is falling. (In the past twelve months we’ve sold seven debut novels, some for six figures, and have sold tons more new books and series for established authors.) Print books are dead. (E-books are gaining on print, but there’s still a long way to go before they take…… Continue reading Market Insights: Lucienne Diver, The Knight Agency
Multi book deals: Pros and Cons As an agent who has done single book, two books, and three book deals in the past, I was asked by Clarion to discuss the positives and negatives of single or multi-book deals. Before I start, I want to point out that authors facing this decision should consult with…… Continue reading Market Insights: Ginger Clark, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
When people find out that I invented a second job for myself by creating an online magazine, they invariably ask, “Why?” Well, now that we’ve been at it a year, the answer’s not simple, but it does have its own logic. My latest day-job is teaching AP History, which is largely about teaching ambitious students…… Continue reading Market Insights: Michael Ray, Redstone Science Fiction
The Real Kindle Killer by Richard Curtis Since the Kindle was introduced in 2007 we’ve seen scores of rival gadgets, all touted as a Kindle Killer. The Nook can do this and the iPad can do that and the Sony can do the other thing. And it’s true, they’re all wonderful in their own way. …… Continue reading Market Insights: Richard Curtis, Richard Curtis Associates
Hello Clarion. It’s great to be here. I’ve written elsewhere about who we are at Pyr, how we got our start, and what we’re about, so today I’m going to take a different slant from what I’ve done in the past. Rather than talk about who we are, I thought I’d talk about who we…… Continue reading Market Insights: Lou Anders, Pyr Books
On the other hand, we meet readers where they are, we provide a short fiction break in an otherwise harried day for many, we make frequent contact, we’re easy to share and easy to tout. Best of all, the price is right: a subscription to Daily Science Fiction is free. Thanks to the lack of paper and postage costs, it will be for years to come.
WIRED DIFFERENTLY In these troubled times for the book business I’m seeing a few authors selling much better than expected, many declining drastically, others staying flat. Part of the reason for that crazy volatility, I think, is the unpredictable appeal of some genre books to readers who usually read other things. But my clients’ attempts…… Continue reading Market Insights: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency