The Right Way

I know a man who once decided to submit his manuscript to a famous movie producer. He didn’t know the producer, nor did he have any actual contacts in Hollywood. But he wasn’t going to let that stop him…he packaged up his manuscript in a nice, clean envelope, addressed it to the producer’s office, wrote *Confidential and Personal* on the outside and sent it on its way. Since it said *Confidential and Personal*, the producer’s secretary passed it directly to the man. The producer read it, and while he did not choose to make his next blockbuster movie based on my friend’s manuscript, he was kind enough to offer valuable comments on ways to make the manuscript more saleable.

I was at a publisher’s party some years back, having a conversation with my editor. A self-published writer (at the time, self-pub was almost never done and certainly not with […]

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The Beginning of The End, Part 2

Last month, I talked a bit about the changes present and coming to the publishing industry: the way that mass market paperbacks (the small paperbacks) are slipping away; the way that publishing houses are moving to Trade (the large paperbacks), Hard cover, and E-books; the way that bookstores are going to buy and stock fewer books altogether. A LOT less books; the way that the decreasing amount of shelf space for new books in stores will change the publishing marketplace. Worse – the way that, with fewer large pubs, there will be fewer numbers of writers published. Worst — the way that those fewer numbers of books in houses and on bookshelves means fewer editorial staff kept on hand, fewer PR staff, and all this means more adjustments for unpublished and midlist writers.

These changes have already resulted in a huge transformation in the way readers shop for books, and […]

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Self-publishing Part 1

As I mentioned last time, I’m working on publishing my first self-pubbed book (I was going to write self-pubbed publication–I need caffeine, obviously). I’ve wanted to publish something myself for some time, but I’ve had no time to write outside of my contracts for . . . well, a long time. Luckily, my contracts allow for me to publish independently. But that’s more of a business topic for later, or better yet, our intrepid Money Mondays duo might take it up for me. Hey Faith and John! 😀

All right, so I wanted to self-pub. You might as why. Go ahead. Ask. Well, I’ll tell you. There are several reasons. The obvious one is that I’d make a lot more money per sale doing it myself than going through a publisher. Always a nice thing. Plus the money comes in more frequently, which is to say, every month rather than […]

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What Kind of Reader Are You?

Reading seems like a solitary activity. You don’t usually pay attention to how other people approach reading, except perhaps for family members when you’re waiting for them to finish a book you want to read.

Authors and publishers, however, are keenly interested in how readers go about their reading, because it holds the key to the future of the industry.

Think about how consumer behavior changed movies. Used to be, everyone saw movies at the theater. Then, TV began running movies several years after their theatrical release, albeit with commercials and edits. VHS made it possible to watch movies whenever you wanted them. TiVo and VHS recording changed how we watched TV, too. Then came movie rental stores, which gave way to RedBox and Netflix. Now it’s not only possible to pretty much watch what you want when you want, but ‘binge watching’ is the new normal.

The music […]

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Making Money Mondays — The Beginning of the End (Part One)

THE BEGINNING of the END of PUBLISHING as WE KNOW IT (PART ONE)

Those of you who have been around MW for a while are rolling your eyes at my poor joke (the title), since most writers have been accusing the commercial publishing industry of dying for over 20 years. Claiming that the latest changes are just its latest feeble gasp, its final kicking of legs, as the lion of change continues to choke it to death. Out with the old, in with the new. That, more or less, is what I’ve been known to think.

Why? Because when I was first published (in the dark ages) there were over a hundred NYC publishers. After the huge Penguin Random House merger last year, now there are Five. Five.

 

Penguin Random House Simon & Schuster HarperCollins Publishers Macmillian U.S. Hachette Book Group

 

However, publishers do still exist, and today, […]

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Making Money Mondays – Background

So who are you and why should I listen to anything you have to say?

That’s the unspoken question in the eyes of every super-enthused newbie I meet at a con, with a manuscript the ink is barely dry on and dreams of being the first space opera author to win the Man Booker Prize dancing in their heads. It usually pops into their eyes right after I say something like “Good luck. Don’t quit your day job.”

And they’re right. Who am I to tell them that they aren’t the next Neil Gaiman? Nobody. Except nobody wants the next Neil Gaiman, or Patrick Rothfuss, or Brandon Sanderson, or Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, or Anne Rice, or Kim Harrison, or whatever huge brilliant bestseller you love. Nobody wants the next one of these geniuses, because we still have the real ones. So be the best you that you can be, and […]

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MAKING MONEY MONDAYS!

Happy New Year!!!It’s the start of a new year and new things and new beginnings.

After a few years of trying different things, formats, writers, and concepts here at MW, we are making some changes to try to meet the needs of our readers. We are trying old things. Yep. Old things.

For starters, some old and wonderful names and faces and writerly pens will be coming back to MW on a regular basis. I will be here two Mondays a month. In case you have totally forgotten me (sob whine) I’ve put a bio at the bottom of this post and an old photo.

John Hartness will be taking the other two Mondays. I know, right? Squeeee! Together, we will be talking and sharing and dishing about the financial aspects, the commercial aspects, and the New York publishing house aspects of the biz (dismal for the most part). But […]

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