Thursday, June 25th
“When I’m dead, I hope it may be said: his sins were scarlet, but his books were read.” – Hilaire BellocMarketing
Lots and lots of information, but again, the highlights:
- editors never focus on the positive reviews, but only negatives. This is what affects future sales.
- #’s of books sold: 70% is non-fiction, 30% fiction
- 48% of fiction categorized as romance
- Market breakdown: Amazon – 30%, B&N – 20% Border’s – 10%, independent bookstores – 10%, and the remainder divided between big boxstores/regional chainstores.
- Only 6-12 people nationwide decide what you read/what’s out there.
- Window/aisle displays in bookstores are bought and paid for by publishers
- No one knows what makes a book a bestseller.
- Do your research: look at similar books to see who publishes what you write.
The writer’s conference runs from March through October. It’s a good way to better your work, pitch to agents/editors, and to make contacts. Each genre offers an annual conference.
We all start as unpublished; we all start with the same blank page.
The key information to take away from here is not only do you need to think about what you write, but also be cognizant of the marketing you will be presenting to; it is, after all, an industry, and you need both your creative cap and workplace hat to sell your work.
Friday, June 26th
Getting an Agent
- The AAR is a great place to start looking, but is by no means mandatory.
- Never accept an agent who charges reading fees.
- You need to establish some sort of business relationship with your agent, and make sure it stays business, even if you’re fond of each other.
- Author’s Guild is worth being a member to.
Now that our two weeks away from the real world have gone by, I have to slip back into a routine. I know that part of working on my novel is intellectualizing, but I want to write. I just hope I don’t have to rewrite 3,276 times.
I mean, geez, that’s what a synopsis is for.