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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.


“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Publishing Predictions for 2012

I greet each New Year with excitement and a bit of trepidation; it’s a fresh start and the possibilities are endless. I have a similar feeling of anticipation when I turn the first page of a new book and the story begins to unfold.

However, I’m the type of person who reads a few chapters of a mystery then has to peek at the ending to find out whodunit. Likewise, I want to know in advance what will take place this year, especially in the turbulent publishing field.

Since 2012 doesn’t have an ending that I can flip to and read, I searched the internet for predictions of what the future holds for this quickly changing industry. Here’s a sampling:

• Large publishers as well as media conglomerates will acquire small publishers. With rising e-book sales and declining print sales, traditional publishing firms will need to restructure.

• More literary agents will set up as publishers, taking on mid-list authors that were passed over by large publishers.

• Authors will become dissatisfied with the rights they sign away to publishers. Shorter and more flexible copyright terms will become more appealing.

• The standard e-book royalty from major publishing houses will climb with increased sales. Currently, authors usually receive a flat 25% of take with e-books regardless of how many are sold whereas print royalties pay a higher percentage of suggested retail price as more copies are sold.

• There will be continuing modifications to e-books and how they are read. They will begin to be in color and contain advertisements. For extra fees, some will allow you to purchase access to photos, videos, documents etc. Both traditional and e-books will become shorter. E-reader sales will decrease as more people choose to read their books on tablets like the iPad. Also, publishers will begin renting their books using a Netflix type subscription model.

• Backlash will continue against Amazon’s business practices that some people see as leading to more brick-and-mortar bookstore closings.

• Pre-pub reviews will eventually disappear. Without actual stores there isn’t the need for advance notice of books.

• The line will blur as to what is defined as an e-book and a book app. There will be more interactivity and digital goodies added to products like e-books.

• Publishing companies are already considering intellectual property and seeing how they can extend it over many media platforms. A “book” may become a movie, television series, video game etc. One example of this is how Random House launched Random House Worlds, a transmedia partnership with a gaming software company, in 2011. This trend will continue.

What can we take away from these predictions? I see three major themes for 2012. The first is that publishing companies, agents and writers will continue to jockey for position and struggle to find their place in this quickly changing environment.

The second is push back against policies that are already in place. Authors will push publishers for more equitable rights and royalties. Also, small and mid-size bookstores will push back against the megalith of Amazon and its business practices. Perhaps lawsuits will settle some of these issues.

Finally, technology will continue to be a major change agent for the publishing industry with additional innovations in e-books and merging of books with the entertainment industry.

While the unknown can be scary, the good news is that there is opportunity in change: opportunity to be creative, entrepreneurial and to find or make your own niche.

Wishing you much happiness and success in the New Year!

5 comments:

Pauline Alldred said...

Several of my friends read the end of a mystery before they read the rest of the book. I could never do that. I enjoy the not-knowing. I don't want to solve the crime before the investigator.

Thank you for the research on publishing. With publishing in a state of flux, I'm going to keep working to improve my writing and keep an open mind about what happens in publishing.

Kara Cerise said...

I think that keeping an open mind and focusing on your own writing during this upheaval is sound advice, Pauline. I tend to become easily distracted and pulled off course by the changes around me. Perhaps I've found my New Year's resolution!

E. B. Davis said...

I'm not sure how it will all shake out. Traditional publishers seem to want the moon from writers. They have PR and inhouse services, like editing and cover art on their side.

But for most writers, I don't see that they do much PR. What used to be good distribution isn't a high factor now that traditional bookstores are disappearing and ebook distribution seems more important.

So, I'm at a cross-road. I'll still try the traditional publishing route, but if it is a no-go, then I'll enter my wip in some contests. If I do well, then maybe I'll try smaller press.

Warren Bull said...

The only certainty is change. Having had a small publisher and self-published I will say that a publisher is a tremendous help. There is SO much work in publishing yourself. I've never had a large publisher so I can't say how helpful they are.

Kara Cerise said...

It is a difficult dilemma because each path to publishing has its positive aspects as well as drawbacks.

I suppose all we can do is to learn from each other's experiences and choose the best course of action for ourselves.