Industry News and Genre Trends
Industry News and Trends
Unlike fiction submissions, which require that an author have a completed manuscript ready beforehand, a nonfiction submission can consist of a proposal that will introduce key information about the book to publishers and/or agents. This one sheet covers the basic elements of that proposal.
If you are looking to be published by a major publishing house, having an agent is essential. This one sheet covers the basics of how to find and submit to agents.
Whether approaching an agent or a publisher, you will need to draft a query letter. This one sheet covers the essentials of what a query letter is, what it should do, and lists resources to provide further direction on crafting and formatting a query letter.
Book Cover Design Links
General Industry Resources
Publisher’s Weekly: The international news source of book publishing and book selling; PW reviews of books are displayed on Amazon, so can be important
Writer’s Digest: A comprehensive resource on all things writing and publishing. They feature industry blogs, books on writing, workshops, competitions, a monthly magazine, and online articles.
Authors Guild: An organization of published authors that shares information on trends in publishing and resources for writers.
Galley Cat: Blog with daily features on what’s happening in publishing, guest posts from authors, tips on writing, and features on breakthrough authors.
Publishing Perspectives: An International look at the publishing industry offering opinion, trends, news, and events.
Shelf Awareness: A daily newsletter about the book trade from the book sellers’ perspective.
Bowker: The organization that manages, sells, and oversees ISBNs in the United States; also publishes reports on book consumer demographics and buying behaviors.
BookScan: Tracks the retail sales of books, but not from every outlet, so the BookScan sales numbers do not reflect actual number of books sold; estimates indicate that BookScan numbers reflect 75 to 85 percent of books sold.
Writer’s League of Texas: A non-profit association of Texas writers offering networking, education, resources, conferences, and information on writing and publishing. Meets every third Thursday at BookPeople and features a different panel every month.
National Association of Memoir Writers
Historical Novel Society
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Contemporary Women or “Chick” Lit
Chick Lit Books
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Young Adult (YA)
Young Adult Library Services Association
Mystery Writers of America
Speculative Fiction (horror, fantasy, sci-fi, etc.)
Horror Writers Association