Skip to main content

The Next Paranormal Trend, NYT Gets Self-Publishing Fever

Harlequin asks the age old question, Are Werewolves the New Vampires? at their HQN Paranormal blog. The post cites a recent NY Mag mentioning upcoming werewolf films in the works and a few werewolf books pubbed by HQN that have found success among readers. Us vampire fans are a loyal bunch and we're pretty hardcore with our vamp books so I think it'll be around for a while even when new paranormal trends pop up. It would be interesting to see what pretty new shiny paranormal creature the industry latches itself onto next. Do you have an idea what the next paranormal trend will be? Hope on over and vote in their poll!

Pub Lunch reports that "apparently until further notice all NYT publishing pieces will be pitched as death-of-traditional-publishing stories." Wha huh?

"And there are a lot of nuanced questions about what happens to this business in tougher economic times and where the opportunities for continued growth and potential overlap with traditional publishing will come from, but that's not covered here. Instead we get such speculation as "during an economic downturn, books tailored to such narrow audiences may fare better than titles from traditional publishers that depend on a more general appeal.""

I'm not sure whether this focus is on non-fiction books or genre or what but it's rather telling that a big publication like New York Times would place it's focus on here and the "death of traditional publishing". I notice there's a lot of talk around the blogosphere and especially at industry mags about self-publishing and publishing death, more so than years ago.

Here's today's NYT article on the subject: Self-Publishers Flourish as Writer's Pay the Tab. The comments tend to be more interesting than the actual article at times and I'm finding that the case here with the various opinions on the subject. I'm giving mainstream publications a year or so until we finally see the term 'Indie Writers' rather than Self-Published writers. That'll be the day. :-)

Also, if you haven't heard Sara Nelson was fired from Publisher's Weekly. She's been the Editor-in-Chief for the past four years so this comes as a big surprise. I really enjoyed her interview on Book TV last year which was replayed a lot during the holiday season. She spoke about what was going on in the industry and at publishers and offered some great insight to where we'll be going. I sure hope the "downsizing" excuse wasn't used in place of getting rid of her because "she doth protest too much". From that interview it looks like they let go a very insightful and smart lady. Hope she finds success elsewhere.

I just tried to head on over to YouTube to check out her interview from last year and it's been removed by the user...tres interesting. My conspiracy theorist brainwaves are working overtime.


MoJo said…
My conspiracy theorist brainwaves are working overtime.

Oh, honey, yours isn't the only one.

I saw that interview (actually, 2 clips) and she made some pretty interesting remarks about self-pubbing being on the rise--and she wasn't anti. Can't say she was pro-self-pubbing, but she was definitely not discounting it as trailer trash fiction.
Rae Lori said…
Yes indeedy! One thing is interesting. Now that she's on her own, I wonder what steps she'll take next. Hopefully someplace where she can still talk freely about the industry and where it's heading. The pub world could always use more sites like Booksquare lol. :-D

Popular posts from this blog

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop 2017 @ A Writer's Dream

It's that time again for the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop! And what better way to bring on the winter than with books and hot, cozy drink!

Since I'm up to my ears in seasonal tv romcoms, I thought I'd share the love and give away your choice of the book version of the movies. So if you've been eager to read 'em sign up below!

Prize: Your choice of a Hallmark winter romance book: Journey Back to Christmas, Love You Like Christmas, Christmas in Homestead, A Heavenly Christmas

A $10 Starbucks Gift Card!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for stopping by and happy entering!

Giveaway Ends 12/31/17 and open to all who can legally enter.
Must be over 18 or have your parents permission to enter.
Winner will be announced within 48 hours at the end of the giveaway and also notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
Giveaway is organized by Bookhounds and sponsored by the BookHounds.
Void where prohibited.
Not Responsible for lost, sto…

Book Review ~ Who R U Really? ~ A Highly Recommended Read

Who R U Really? by Margo Kelly

Thea's overprotective parents are driving her insane. They invade her privacy, ask too many questions, and restrict her online time so severely that Thea feels she has no life at all. When she discovers a new role-playing game online, Thea breaks the rules by staying up late to play. She's living a double life: on one hand, the obedient daughter; on the other, a girl slipping deeper into darkness. In the world of the game, Thea falls under the spell of Kit, an older boy whose smarts and savvy can't defeat his loneliness and near-suicidal despair. As Kit draws soft-hearted Thea into his drama, she creates a full plate of cover stories for her parents and then even her friends.

Soon, Thea is all alone in the dark world with Kit, who worries her more and more, but also seems to be the only person who really "gets" her. Is he frightening, the way he seems sometimes, or only terribly sad? Should Thea fear Kit, or pity him? And now, Kit wan…

The 3rd annual Spooktacular Hop - Oct 24th to 31st

Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Rhiannon from The Diary of a Bookworm

We have an amazing hop to close out the month of spooky reads! Over 300 blogs are participating and we're all linked up to give you an awesome hop from one blog to another. Tons of prizes are available including some great reads so be sure to visit us from now until the 31st of the month!

I'm holding 2 great giveaways for you guys today so we'll have not 1 but 2 winners! Woo!

Giveaway #1

$30 gift certificate to buy books. (, Barnes &, The Book Depository or any other online retailer of your choice that sells books and has a way for me to send you a $30 online gift certificate).

Giveaway #2  A Big Ol' Box of Books!
One of my fave vampire related and spooky reads along with some more Julie Kagawa goodness!

This is the book that got me hooked on author Tanith Lee. :-)

The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories is the definitive collection of short tales of those deadly b…