The Haves and Have-Nots

Here’s a tale of two writers. On the one hand, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla – the electric car manufacturer – and SpaceX – the space transportation company that might permit commercial travel to Mars – is writing a book for Penguin, for which he’s being paid a reported $3.5 million. The book, according […]

Sequels and Prequels

You’ve probably heard that Harper Lee (pictured here) will be publishing a new novel this summer, only her second book, and a follow-up to her classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Like many people, I love “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and will probably read her new book, “Go Set a Watchman,” which concerns Scout – the main […]

Giving It Away

Authors want readers to pay for their work, of course, but savvy authors know that by giving away information, they’re likely to create further demand among readers for their books. It’s a matter of platform. It’s engaging with your readers constantly, enticing them with nuggets of information – some of which will show up in […]

The Publishing Disruption Continues

Self-published authors account for 33% of all paid e-book unit sales on Amazon. That’s more than the sales from traditionally published authors, according to a new report form Author Earnings, a site that tracks sales of self-published authors.  (Thanks to the site, The Passive Voice, for the article about it.) This is significant, because it counters […]

The Decline and Demise of the Newspaper Book Review

I finally got around to reading Steve Wasserman’s article (“Goodbye to All That”) in the Columbia Journalism Review on the decline of book coverage. The piece got some attention when it ran, but not nearly enough. If you read just one thing on the state of book reviews, this should be it. For ten years, […]

What People Are Reading

You know what readers are buying? Young adult novels. You know what they’re not buying? Books that are geared exclusively toward adults. I’m not sure why – though I’m sure critics would say it’s because of a general dumbing-down of today’s reading audience. Yet adult fans of YA – young adult – novels say it’s […]

Your Book Business

Your book is a business-builder. Or it should be. You want to spread your message, become known and create an audience for your ideas and ultimately for your business. (We’re speaking primarily of nonfiction authors here.) This is apparently news to Publisher’s Weekly, which just published an article looking at the self-publishing marketing for the […]

Looking Further Ahead

No one ever really knows what will happen in any industry, but we can make educated guesses. Here is another look into this year ahead in publishing, following some predictions I made yesterday. Traditional authors will experiment more with releasing some new works via social media. David Mitchell, the writer of such books as “The […]

Looking Ahead

What does the young year hold for authors, editors, entrepreneurs who are writing a book and just about anyone involved in publishing? You can’t predict the future, of course, but you can perhaps make an educated guess about trends. Here are a few of mine. More and more consumers will gravitate to e-readers. Last year, […]

Too Many Books? Not for Readers

People sometimes say that too many books are published. As if we’d woken up to a new world when all of a sudden you were overwhelmed by choice. Well, that world has been with us for a long time. And a lot of books have always been printed since books were printed. Most people who […]