Monthly Archives: December 2013

Are You in the Kindle Top 100?

Amazon reported that about 25% of all top 100 Kindle books came from indies. The term indie includes small publishers as well as self-published authors.

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New Adult Tumblr

Simon & Schuster launched a new social media community called The Hot Bed for New Adult books, authors and readers. The community will be featured on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. The Tumblr page will feature a hot reads review segment with a chill chart rating the raciness of the content.

Book Agent Info

Shannon Hassan of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency represents literary and commercial fiction, YA fiction, and select nonfiction. Nonfiction interests include memoirs as well as authors with a strong platform in current affairs, history, education, or law.

Self-pub Serves Fiction Authors

Bowker found that most authors looking into self-publishing are going to bring fiction to the market. That makes sense because only 25% of the titles produced by traditional publishers are fiction. When so small a door is open to authors, they have to turn to other avenues if they want to reach readers.

Oddly, though, readers polled by various organizations say they prefer reading fiction at a rate of 77% to 78%, leaving a very small number that prefer reading nonfiction.

It seems that indie publishers are giving readers what they want.

Front Matter: When It Matters

There’s some confusion about when to include front matter and when to leave it out. First, here’s a list of the usual items defined as front matter:

Half Title Page — Which includes the title of the book.

Title Page — The title, any subtitle, author’s name, and publisher’s name

Copyright Page

Copyright Acknowledgments — For reprinted material or material reproduced from the original with permission

Colophon — Production notes about typefaces, name and address of the printer

Dedication — The single most important person/people the author wants to thank!

Table of Contents

Foreword — This is usually written by someone other than the author, often a professional in the field. It usually is used only in nonfiction but an important novel that has already seen success might at times have a foreword

Preface — Often the story of how the book came about

Epigraph  A poem, quotation, or phrase that sets the tone for the book’s message or theme

Prologue  Written by the narrator or a character in the story; must be used carefully as it is often viewed as a weak choice

Acknowledgments — All those folks who helped the author in some way

Introduction — Written by the author to define the purpose and goals of the book

Nearly always, authors will not include any of this material when approaching agents or publishers. The frequent exceptions are the epigraph (fiction or nonfiction) and the table of contents (nonfiction only), the prologue (fiction only) and the foreword (usually only nonfiction).

If you are self-publishing, you do not need to submit this material to your editor. You do need to include it with your manuscript when you send everything to the interior designer.

Note that more ebooks are moving nearly all of the front matter to the rear of the book. This allows a reader to jump right into the work. Readers are also much more likely to read through the materials after they’ve had a satisfactory experience with the book’s content.