Just want to share some good news with my writers, because there is ALWAYS some good news. Yes, I’m aware that good news doesn’t garner nearly as much coverage as bad news does, but I’m a good news junkie, so that’s what you’re going to get today!
From the “everything you read is not accurate” files, comes the Nielsen Pubtrack “whoops” about the decline of eBook sales in the United States. Yes, they reported a 6% decline in 2014 sales (latest numbers). BUT, the AAP (Assoc. of American Publishers) and the Author Earnings Report have debunked that notion. Their numbers confirm twice as many as the Nielsen report. Sales didn’t grow significantly, but they sure didn’t shrink!
From the “mystery genre is dead” files, the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, the Seymour Agency and Folio Literary are among many of the agencies successfully selling multiple book contracts to mystery houses! GOOD WRITING IS IN – and well-written mysteries are selling strong. Keep in mind, multi-book contracts can only be done by writing series. Ten authors reported in the June SinC Links a total of 18 books contracted among them. ONE of those is talented author, Maggie Toussaint who sold her book, DOGGONE IT, to Five Star. DOGGONE IT is the third book in her latest series.
From the “what’s good for authors” files, Author Guild is at it again! Because they are advocates for authors and want them to get the best deals possible, the Guild is pushing for writers and agents to insist on book contracts with specific time limits stated. To quote from their Fair Contract Initiative, “Diamonds may be forever, but book contracts should not be….” Bravo!! It’s about time.
From the “long lost manuscript” files, comes WHAT PET SHOULD I GET by Dr. Seuss. Another lost title, another author with a super platform. It’s the best-selling book on Amazon as of today, also available in audio book format. (Maybe there’s hope for that novel I started in 1983….)
So, keep reading, writing and polishing! Never give in, never back down, and never give up. You are a writer – go write and be happy! Nancy Q.