The not-so-newfangled tech tool that BetaBeat says can turn books into bestsellers more than any social media campaign.
Smashwords says indie authors are likely to generate 50% of ebook sales by the year 2020...
...which might help explain why Harlequin is struggling. Its mass-market category romance book sales are down for the fifth straight year. True, the paperbacks cost as much or more than many ebooks, for what is often a shorter book (50-65k word counts), but I think a lot of Harlequin's problem is that it sells it's ebooks for nearly the same price as the print copies. I can, in fact, purchase a print Harlequin from Walmart for less than what their ebooks cost. Can you say "Problem"?
That doesn't even touch up the fact that the biggest selling e-book genre is romance, and that many traditionally published romance authors, including Harlequin authors, have dived into self-publishing where they have the potential to make more than they have realized from their traditional contracts.
Harlequin needs a new business model.
Author Bonnie Calhoun says dsytopian fiction is hot, and offers YA Dystopia Recipe for writing these types of books for the YA market.
And if you're like me and don't totally get what "dystopian" is, then hop over to the discussion we had about it on Bonnie's FB page. Very interesting stuff.
On tap for this weekend...the end of the regular college basketball season, baking, family time, and...writing! I'm having a read-free weekend, a first for me, so I can focus on a novella I'm working on. Pray my strength!
What's happening in your neck of the woods?
Peace & Blessings,
Stay focused. Be deliberate. Believe.