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Publishing News Roundup Series: The Changing Role of Agents in 2017

by Maureen Crisp •  February 6, 2017  •   Follow

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Things are changing in the book world for 2017.

Between changes in agent roles, to the new breakdowns of author earnings this year, people in the publishing world are sitting and awaiting to see what more changes will come their way this year. While they are still sitting awaiting their fate with shifts like the the cutting of the NEA, publishing professionals are looking to see ways they can adjust to keep the business going strong and healthy.


Everything You Thought You Knew…

Pic : Flickr Creative Commons/ Les Sachs


The Digital Book World conference is still being talked about. Ron Vitale has a great round up of important points to think about going into 2017 and DBW has a great article on the changing role of agents in 2017.


Kris Rusch has a Must Read post on the breakdowns of the Author Earnings presentation at DBW. Click through to the slide show presentation that Data Guy from Author Earnings shared at the conference- Mind Blowing.


Mike Shatzkin takes a look at Amazon’s dominance in the bookmarket and concludes that Traditional Publishers should be working with, not against, the Zon. But how should they… (see Data Guy’s slideshow for the facts!)


Waterstones are in the black. (Booksellers cry hurrah!) Is this the beginning of Good Times Ahead for bookshops? Waterstones put in cafes but really it was children’s books that saved them…


Book Promotion- Do This Not That– This is a standout post on The Book Designer by Amy Collins. And while we’re on Book Promotion ideas check out Jane Friedman’s best of 2016 articles. WOW!


Joanna Penn interviewed John Lee Dumas and it was a jawdropper. Have you ever looked at those premium journals and thought ‘I wonder who thinks these up?’ Wonder no more! And if you ever had a hankering to make one… It’s a must watch!


Bookworks take a look at academic publishing and wonders if 2017 will be the year academics go Indie. There are some really interesting new players in this field.


In The Craft Section,

Whose head is it anyway – Omniscient P.O.V.- Janice Hardy
How do you write a book– Catherine Ryan Howard (on trying to write Bk2)
British American Speak-Joanna Penn- Bookmark
Powerful scenes- setting counts- Angela Ackerman- Bookmark

In The Marketing Section,

How to do Goodreads giveaways and why you should– Catherine Ryan Howard- Bookmark
5 author networking tips– Molly Greene
How to use a Facebook ad– Mark Dawson – Bookmark

To Finish,

Jane Friedman posted a link to a Book Marketing case study using Goodreads and Netgalley. This is an interesting and informative case study done last month.
Ruth Harris has a great post on Author Resilience- The key to reaching your writing goals. This is a thought provoking read… especially if procrastination has been your friend lately!




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.