This past week brought Book Expo America, the publishing industry’s annual gathering. The show was a two-day affair although word is next year’s event will be extended to three days.
Aside from new book buzz – which is always a show highlight – topics included the future of the industry, digital books and their impact on publishing and social media.
Suggested BEA reading includes:
* CEOs debate e-books, piracy, and the value of the book http://ht.ly/1PF4d
* Online communities meet the real world http://ht.ly/1Q9hD
* Global e-books and the agency model at IDPF’s Digital Book 2010 http://ht.ly/1Q9jq
* Publishing for the age of abundance, http://ht.ly/1QmMm
* Technochondria http://ht.ly/1QmNq
* Designing e-strategy for authors http://ht.ly/1QIBb
* Which books are getting big buzz at BEA? PW takes a look: http://ht.ly/1QIHE
Random tips from BEA:
* Authors should own their own e-mail lists! Do not rely on publisher, empower yourself, grow readership
* New term being bandied about at BEA: authorpreneur
* Bowker: Computer is still biggest e-reading device (37%); then Kindle (32%), iPhone (10%), iPad (3% after 3 weeks in market!)
* 9% of the US adult population bought an ebook in 2009. 56% bought actual books.
* SavvyAunty: it’s ok to repeat yourself across different platforms. Goal is to create higher number of impressions and consistency
* Cell phone books were 4 of 5 top titles in Japan last year. All are free online (w/ writer-reader interaction), millions sold in print.
* Solid advice: publishers need to be training authors on social media, starting with goals & philosophy, not specific platforms
And… be sure to tune into Publishing Insiders on Tuesday, June 1, 4 p.m. Pacific where we’ll talk about the hottest genre around – Erotica: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thepublishinginsiders/2010/06/01/its-getting-hot-in-here–erotica-equals-hot-books:
Steamy novels and cover boy hunks have given publishing a much-needed shot in the arm. Learn how the Erotic Romance genre is just exploding. Learn about the skyrocketing sales and the methods erotica authors and publishers use to find their audience. And – wonder how those handsome hunks end up on the cover? We’ll find out how they get there and what it’s like to be on the cover of one of the hottest selling books around! Our guests include author Jayne Rylon, http://jaynerylon.com/, Tina Engler Keen, founder of Elora’s Cave Publishing, http://www.jasminejade.com/ and cover model CJ Hollenbach, http://www.cjcovermodel.com/.
Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!
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If erotic romance genre is just exploding I think it may be in direct relationship to couples who are so busy with ‘life’ that they don’t spend much time developing their ‘relationship.’ I see that in my practice.
It’s much more risky to expose yourself to another and seriously? It’s so much more satisfying, so lovely versus lonely and I’m a psychotherapist and a published author and I’ve seen the results of both choices.
Thanks for keeping us updated, Penny, and sorry to have missed BEA this year.