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by Maureen Crisp • February 15, 2017
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Do book trends follow political upheaval?
As with any events going on during any time in history, book agents are always looking for the next big book opportunity. This book opportunity usually syncs with what’s going on in history. As they follow each other, trends develop which is what ultimately causes what we have coined “book trends.”
Gazing Into The Crystal Ball
Over the last week I have been watching agents trying to figure out on Twitter what kinds of books might be popular in the upcoming few years based on the political upheavals in the U.S. If you type in #MSWL in the Twitter search bar you can get a snapshot of what they are looking for. It got me thinking about what people read in times of political upheaval. Do they read safe stories or stories about how to cope when a society is disintegrating?
Slate has an interesting post on using sensitivity readers. These are readers representing the various communities you may be writing about to give your MS a beta read. But can their wishes change the story too much.
Jeff Goins has a few words to say about book launches and he should know… He is one of the fastest selling non fiction authors around.
In The Craft Section,
In The Marketing Section,
A few years ago Anne R Allen published this great blog post which is still relevant. 12 signs your novel isn’t ready to publish. This checklist is always a good wakeup call. If you can tick all the boxes you might have the next book answer to that difficult question, what to read to escape
from real life.
About Maureen Crisp
Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.