Potential Q1 backlash for indie publishers: returns on unsold product
While the article “Amazon Bottlenecks Frustrating Indie Publishers” from Publisher’s Weekly dates back to pre-holiday issues of indie book publishers having inventory tied up with Amazon, the potential backlash of returns – and a glut of inventory for these independents – could pose a significant problem in the next month.
From the PW article: “Currently the situation seems to be limited in scope; many publishers contacted by PW, including several of the Big Five houses, reported no problems with Amazon. But for those affected, concerns are mounting about when the problem will be fixed and, come February, how the issue will impact returns. ‘It’s been so frustrating,’ one publisher told PW. ‘For small presses, this is our moment.'”
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“I’ll take Fitzgerald and a pint of Guinness, please.”
Ever shop for books in a cathedral? In a bar? On a barge? Mental Floss complied a list of “11 Unusual Bookstores You Can Visit,” and it’s an encouraging exploration into creative use of space and a testament to the brick and mortar bookstore – or at least a physical location of some sort. See for yourself.
Looking for a writing contest?
Writing contests abound, for every conceivable genre, format, and niche. Two great sources that aggregate contest info, including entry deadlines, can be found at Funds For Writers and Poets & Writers. If you’re a BookBaby author and go on to win one of these contests, let us know!
If you missed NaNoWriMo last November, or just weren’t ready to take the plunge, gear up for Camp NaNoWriMo, which happens in April and July. As the website explains, “Camp NaNoWriMo is a more open-ended version of our original November event. We have Camp sessions in both April and July, and we welcome word-count goals between 10,000 and 1,000,000. In addition, writers may attempt non-novel projects. Camp is a creative retreat for whatever you’re working on!”
The best of and RIP: 2015
On the off chance you haven’t exhausted your quota for end-of-year compilation lists, check out Publisher’s Weekly‘s Best Books of 2015 list. And take a moment to reflect on and celebrate the lives of some renown writers who passed away in 2015 with this list at Famous Dead. (And for a diversion from the literary, check out Disc Makers’ blog for a list of musicians who died in 2015).
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How To Write When You’re Not In The Mood: 7 Remedies For Writer’s Apathy
The Opposite Writing Habits Of Famous Authors [Infographic]
Have You Considered Entering A Writing Contest?
A Cross Section Of NaNoWriMo Writers – Where Do You Fit In?