Romancing the Bookseller

In English Language, Resources by Guest Contributor

The “Dos” and “Don’ts” of working with booksellers to promote your books. DISCUSS: Authors, What are Your “Best Practices” for Working with Booksellers? By M.J. Rose When I was growing up we lived on Madison Avenue and 80th street in New York City. Often, after dinner, my mother and I would take a walk down Fifth Avenue. Our destination? The …

Magic Seeds: The Art and Science of Book Discovery in Hollywood

In English Language, Resources by Peter Cook

“The deal-making process is far more fluid than many people realize,” says veteran books-to-film agent Jeff Aghassi. Read Part One of this article, in which ICM’s Josie Freedman and other Hollywood insiders talk about how they decide which books would make good movies. By Peter Cook “Because…essentially, anyone can publish these days, there is so much information out there that it …

DISCUSS: Should Bestselling Books Be Awarded Sales Certifications?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka At PubCamp@SXSW, discussed in today’s feature story, Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books suggested that what the book industry needs is to award sales certification status to bestselling titles. “I know how much the book industry rejects comparison with the music industry,” she said, “but wouldn’t it help customers is books were awarded something like Platinum …

Germany’s Non-fiction Book Market

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

This article originally appeared in Über:blick — German Book Industry Insight, a publication produced by the Frankfurt Book Fair. DOWNLOAD: the complete Über:blick issue (PDF). By Christine Proske Bestseller Lists Reflect the State of the Country In my opinion, the non-fiction bestseller lists are always a reflection of the sensitivities of a people. At the beginning of the 1990s, after …

Bestsellers in Brazil: January 2011

In PublishNews Brazil by Carlo Carrenho

By Carlo Carrenho, PublishNews.com.br These bestseller lists originally appeared on our partner website, PublishNews Brazil, a joint venture between PublishNews and Publishing Perspectives. If you would like to receive a bi-weekly email newsletter about the Brazilian publishing industry, subscribe here. Every month, PublishNews Brazil will publish a summary of PublishNews‘ monthly bestseller list. The original list, in Portuguese, has weekly, …

Bookswim.com’s Top 20 Rentals

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

US Book rental service Bookswim.com offers their Top 20 rentals for the week… #1 – Safe Haven #2 – Wicked Appetite #3 – Freedom: A Novel #4 – Room: A Novel #5 – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo #6 – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest #7 – I’d Know You Anywhere: A Novel #8 – The Girl …

Should Publishers Raise the Price When a Book Becomes Popular?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead article discusses why the publishing industry should implement dynamic pricing. Among the arguments made is that a 1% increase in price could lead to a significant hike in operating profits for publishers. One possible strategy would be to raise the price of a book as it becomes more popular. This runs counter to the traditional …

Is the Lack of Interest in Translations a Global Problem?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s editorial Chad Post makes a compelling argument for the utility of publishing both translations with the potential to be blockbuster bestsellers and those that cater to a more niche audience. Post is writing primarily with American readers in mind, with the understanding being that US publishers are largely reticent to publish translated works due to …

How to Become a Bestseller in Europe: Write in English, German, French and…Swedish?

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Rüdiger Wischenbart This may sound like an odd question to ask: Are books diverse? Sure! With hundreds of thousands of new titles published every year in the US, over 90,000 in Germany, and a “Long Tail” of millions of titles available to readers and buyers online, there are more books distributed and, arguably, read than ever before in history. That …

PW Says 2009 Bestsellers Lost Ground to the Long Tail

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka PW has posted its annual analysis of the top selling book titles of the previous year, in this case, 2009. In summary, PW’s Michael Coffey noted, “bestsellers don’t sell in the numbers that they did in the past,” adding that the “numbers are rich with anecdotal surprises and bald truths.” The most telling paragraph comes toward the middle …