Monthly Archives: November 2013

Longreads Funding Longform Writing

Longreads, a platform that curates fiction and nonfiction over 1,500 words, is starting a big push to increase membership. It’s free for users or you can buy full access to the site for a nominal fee. Longform works are experiencing a resurgence, so the time is right to find works that mirror your own. 

Amazon Publishing Update

Larry Kirshbaum, the head of Amazon Publishing, will step down early next year when his contract is up so he can return to agenting. The program had difficulty gearing up to meet Amazon’s expectations and failed to attract any major bestsellers.

The future of the program is uncertain. Distribution into bookstores has been an issue all along despite their contract with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for distribution through their channels.

Amazon still remains big in self-publishing but for authors interested in a physical bookstore presence, they might be better served elsewhere.

Book Publisher Info

Ripple Grove Press is looking for picture-driven stories for children aged 2-6. No early readers, middle grade, or YA manuscripts. No religious or holiday themed stories. Desires unique, sweet, funny, touching, offbeat, colorful, charming, different, creative ideas.

What Does Amazon Bestseller Status Mean?

Because Amazon is very closed about sales information, it’s difficult to really judge what’s going on behind their algorithms. Publisher’s Weekly recently studied a few titles and determined that it takes about 300 sales of a single title per day to hit that marker.

Note, however, that these numbers are for the primary categories. The rankings also placed the titles in the top 10, not just the top 100. If you set your book into a smaller category, you need far fewer sales to hit the top 100. You’ll still need hundreds of sales per day to get into the top 10 but in the top 100, you’ll receive the additional benefits of Amazon’s algorithms.

Is E-publishing The New Focus for the Big Five?

As brick-and-mortar stores fall and ebook sales grow, a lot of chatter has been going around about whether this is the new focus for the top publishers. Even agents no longer assume that print will be part of their clients’ deals.

Pressure on publishers to release books more quickly as well as to keep an eye on profitable releases is a major driver. Authors fear that with a smaller investment from publishers, the publishers won’t feel that marketing is as necessary as before.

Since these days the main benefit publishers can offer is the ability to get books into stores, it’s a tricky situation for everyone. What are your thoughts?

Book Agent Info

Monica Odom of Liza Dawson Associates is building a client list based on literary fiction, women’s fiction and memoir. She also accepts nonfiction in pop culture, food and cooking, history, politics, and current affairs.