We know, we know…it’s not our last post of the year, but it’s close to it! We figured it would be good for anyone looking into getting published to get the heads up: the results are in, publishing trends are here.
Before we get started though, we want to direct you to the source in which the general info comes from. Opinions and advice are ours! But check out this blog/publishing service.
Let’s get right into it!
- First and foremost, is the decline in reading going to push writers away from publishing their work?
We vote a big fat NO. Reason being, we see the decline in reading as a way to push writers to treat their work with care (and to get into e-Pubbing, but we’ll discuss in a second.) Getting all the pre-publication shenanigans out of the way is something so many people don’t truly pay attention to – so maybe, it’s time we give our precious work some TLC and hire a few people to take a look at what we’ve got.
- Print books remain #1. What does this mean for you?
While everyone (or maybe it was just me) believes that eBooks are the only way to read now, we come here to confirm: this is not true. Print books remain the champion of reading (even if less people do the act of reading.) Now, before you comment and say, “getting my book printed will cost so much money” or “I can’t seal the deal with PRH or Tor or any of those big publishers!” Don’t forget about print-on-demand: the most efficient way for a self-published author to get their book in physical format! So you can still make your way into the print market without a major publishing deal (sorry, big guys.)
- Audiobooks are still on the rise!
We love audiobooks here at HRM. We talk about them enough to say we’re not surprised they’ll continue to rise come the new year.
- We’ve talked about it once, we’ll talk about it again: hybrid/collaborative publishing is important and will continue to rise in popularity in 2019. Why should it be important to you?
Hybrid publishing and collaborative publishing are important mediums to self-published authors (or writers looking into self-publishing.) We want the quality of a major publisher (you know, the big tough editors and the fantastic printing jobs) but since deals from them are far and few between, we need an alternative. An alternative where we have creative flexibility and control over the work in question. These mediums are just that. They provide the quality care to your work as well as giving you the power over it – with consideration, of course. Major publishing houses ensure a bigger paycheck, but why not get your foot in the door to start?
- Marketing is your best friend.
We talk about marketing a lot on this blog. It’s an important part of being a writer/author who wants exposure. If you’re interested in keeping up with a variety of marketing tactics, just use the search bar for this blog and we guarantee you’ll come across something.
Happy Holidays, everybody!
Don’t worry: we’re up.
And we’ve got a list of newly released audio ready for your ears. Get ready!
- Alex Rivers // STOLEN SOUL
- Kate Stewart // THE REAL
- Mila Young // CURSED
- Elle Cross // SO DARK THE NIGHT
- Bella Winters // MY BEST FRIEND’S DAD
- Eva Chase // 2 TITLES
- CONSORT OF PAIN
- DRAGON’S FATE
- Gia Riley // WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN
- LJ Swallow // THE FOUR HORSEMEN: DESCENT
- Jaxson Kidman // 2 TITLES
- Ashley Meira // SMOKE AND MAGIC
- Crystal Daniels & Sandy Alvarez // THE DARKEST OF LIGHT
- Joanna Blake // RIDE WITH THE DEVIL
- Elle Cross // SO BRIGHT THE DAWN
- Jamie Schlosser // TRUCKER
- Jenna Wolfhart // A TOUCH OF STARLIGHT
- Lisa Suzanne // THE POWER TO BREAK
- Mila Young // CLAIMED
- Kathleen Wheeler // BROUGHT TO OUR SENSES
…our reading becomes a bit more spookier!
At the top of our list is A Killer’s Mind by Mike Omer, one of our writers with HRM. Published by Thomas & Mercer, an Amazon imprint, we are so excited to display this on our shelves!
Want a blurb? Here you go:
Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, The FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate.
Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her new partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray. Zoe’s a hunter, intense and focused; Tatum’s a smug maverick with little respect for the rules. Together, they must descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies, or more women will die. But when the contents of three inconspicuous envelopes reveal a chilling connection to gruesome murders from Zoe’s childhood, suddenly the hunter becomes the hunted.
How do you feel about censorship? Is it same way publisher’s feel about Target’s censoring of book descriptions?
Our opinion is: a big corporation is messing with authors exposure and threatening the art of writing altogether. In the case of companies censoring book descriptions, this is inserting issues into the marketing of that particular book. Meta data is at stake. And if you live in the same technologically-driven society we live in, say goodbye to exposure. It’s not happening.
If you’re looking for a book, you should be able to search for it. If you can’t find a specific boo, you should be able to write and market it successfully.
We’re at it again with the audio publications. If you’re interested in seeing what is in the works, we recommend following us on Facebook or seeing our memes on Twitter. Get ready to dive in!
- Eva Chase // DRAGON’S DESIRE
- Marion Kummerow // UNRELENTING
- Mila Young // CHARMED
- Michael Chatfield // SACREMON
- Charleigh Rose // BAD INTENTIONS
- Isabella Starling & Demi Donovan // TEACH ME DADDY
- Isabella Starling // PEEP SHOW
- Diana Forbes // MISTRESS SUFFRAGETTE
- Jenna Wolfhart // A SONG OF SHADOWS
- Marion Kummerow // UNYIELDING
- Amie Knight // AN IMPERFECT HEART
- J.H. Croix // 4 TITLES
- BURN FOR ME
- BURN SO BAD
- HOT MESS
- SLOW BURN
- J.L. Bryan // THE TOWER
- Kate Canterbary // FRESH CATCH
- Ashley Meira // HIDDEN MAGIC
- BJ Harvey // SECOND CHANCE
- Elle Cross // GRIT
- Eva Chase // CONSORT OF THORNS
- J.R. Rasmussen // A DARK RECKONING
- Lidiya Foxglove // PRIESTESS UNLEASHED
- Lillian Cole // HIS TO CLAIM
- Alex Rivers // HUNTER’S SOUL
- Crystal Daniels & Sandy Alvarez // UNDAUNTED
- June Winters // FORBIDDEN PUCK
Many issues have risen about the casting in Hollywood. From casting directors putting actors and actresses in roles racially not suited for them to the huge age gaps in some of the leading romances. Well, we’ve come here to say, not all book-to-film adaptations have to be horrible.
We always have to remember what goes on behind the scenes (i.e. contracts between agents and production companies). What we do know is a couple of films have released recently where casting was great and changes were obviously made to make the film adaptation to fit the two hour mark and not six hours and thirty-two minutes. We have yet to see Crazy Rich Asians (which has dominated the rom-com category opening weekend) but in the meantime, let’s discuss the other East-meets-West, Netflix production: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.
Now, you’ll never find an adaptation that will include every detail of the book’s original content. And of course, this novel-based film won’t be excluded from that category. One of the biggest issues in casting that has been obvious for many years (yeah, we aren’t talking just in the last decade, we’re talking since the Golden Age of Hollywood) has been casting the wrong race. Authors, if you’re trying to sell the film rights to your book (as a literary agency, we know how it can be), we know you want the best of the best for your book baby. Don’t forget to bring up your stipulations with your agent. Draw the line with production because if they can’t properly cast YOUR characters, they don’t need your idea on their list of things ‘to-do.’ We know; we want our authors’ work to be best represented by whoever chooses to publish the work.
Shout out to Jenny Han for standing up for her main character being cast as an Asian-American actress and staying true to the main plot of the story. 👍
If you’re interested in seeing what is in the studio, follow us on Facebook! Now onto our July pubs…
- Charlie Hart & Anastasia James // 3 TITLES
- THEIR PHOENIX
- THEIR MATE
- THEIR SIREN
- Elizabeth Knox // BLACKJACK
- Ripley Proserpina // SHADOWS OF THORNS
- Courtney Konstantin // SURVIVE
- Jaxson Kidman & London Casey // 3 TITLES
- 5 YEARS LATER
- ANNA’S DRESS
- DEAR EVERLY
- Eva Chase // CONSORT OF SECRETS
- Frankie Love // BUILT
- L.M. Halloran // DOUBLE VISION
- LJ Swallow // THE FOUR HORSEMEN: CHAOS
- Shari J. Ryan // MANSERVANT
- Violet Duke // BEFORE THAT PROMISE
- Lillian Cole // HIS TO CLAIM
We love sharing the milestones of our authors.
Yesterday, we saw one of our authors (Maggie Kirton) have an all-day Facebook interview discussing her nonfiction novel: My Firefly! You read that correct: all-day interview.
Today, we want to share the book trailer released for Joseph Malik‘s upcoming release in his series: The New Magic will be coming to you September 18, 2018! Get excited!