In China, 2021 was a ‘grim’ year for physical bookstores, and online book sales also leveled off, according to research from Beijing OpenBook.
China Bestsellers in December: ‘The Charm of History’
Avidly read history-and-humor series continued their hold on the nonfiction book consumer base in China at the end of 2021.
China Bestsellers: A Tall ‘Dune’ Appears on November’s Charts, Driven by Film
The Frank Herbert series may be finding a footing in the Chinese market, where series and relatively recent ‘classics’ are prized.
Interview: Two Lions’ Kelsey Skea on Rights, Series, and Strategies
Turning five this year, the children’s imprint Two Lions is starting to acquire and translate non-English work, even as it sells its books into other territories–and it’s experimenting with ‘a faster cadence’ in series development.
Earthquake Inspires New Zealand Author to Launch Own Press
Following New Zealand’s tragic Christchurch earthquake, YA author Jill Marshall was inspired to start her own publishing company, Pear Jam Books.
Experimenting With Serials for Fun and Profit
Technology has enabled established and self-published authors to experiment serial publishing — making the old form new again — and finding mixed results.
UK Startup Boxfiction Extends the Life of TV Characters in E-books
If the novel is like a feature film, what’s the written equivalent of the TV series? Boxfiction has an answer.
Should Eva Gabrielsson or Another Famous Writer Continue the Millennium Series?
By Edward Nawotka The question of who exactly owns the rights to the rumored fourth, unfinished Millennium novel by Stieg Larsson is still up for debate. Provided Gabrielsson, Larsson’s family and the various publishing constituents involved can come to some kind of agreement, do you think Gabrielsson should finish and publish the manuscript? The answer for fans is likely to …
The Billion Copy Opportunity
By Lewis Manalo CHINA: By now it’s a scene we in the West are familiar with: a swordsman or — swordswoman — makes an acrobatic leap to a stone-tiled rooftop and sets off in pursuit of a masked bandit. The swordsman leaps from roof to roof, across ridiculous distances and with such balletic grace, he seems to be on the edge …
Freedom Isn’t Easy: Writing in Prison vs. The Free World
By Wahida Clark My new book Thug Lovin’ was the first book I wrote in the free world. Prior to that I wrote six others while I was serving a ten and half year federal prison sentence for money laundering, mail and wire fraud. Was it a difficult transition to write while enjoying freedom? Of course. Was it stressful? Absolutely. …