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Publishing News Roundup Series: Book Expo America is No More

by Maureen Crisp •  December 7, 2020  •   Follow

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With the changes 2020 has brung, brings an ends to Book Expo America. What will this mean for the publishing world?

How will the publishing world cope with this loss of its largest book event in the United States? With the changing trends in publishing, many foresaw this coming for a long time. The publishing world has been slowly moving more virtually, which many argue has been this way for some time. As traditional publishing and larger parts of the market move to mimic self-publishing models, how can self-publishing compete?


Publishing – The Numbers Game



In the publishing blogosphere this week


News broke that Book Expo America is no more. Once the biggest book expo in the world BEA has had difficulty over the last few years trying to regain their niche. There are mixed feelings about the news.  The New Publishing Standard says no tears will be shed. 

However, there is a different story coming from Publishers Weekly. It is interesting to see the two sides of the story.


TNPS reports on Overdrives lending figures for 2020. Overdrive provides digital content for libraries around the world. They report that ebook lending almost doubled- the numbers are eye-watering. The biggest jump in borrows was children’s picture books. I was not expecting that.


The Story Studio guys sat down with Jane Friedman recently to talk about the lay of the land as Jane sees it going into 2021. Will there be big moves or will it be more of the same? No surprises- it’s an audio podcast and guess what, audio will keep getting bigger as Traditional Publishing starts to figure this out. A fascinating interview with Jane. 


I keep an eye on Academic publishers because that branch of the industry is usually the last to change their ideas. That’s when you know something has gone mainstream. Publishers Weekly has an article from Oxford University Press about how to survive a pandemic for publishers.


Ruth Harris has a great post on all the resources to create DIY covers. I like to trawl cover sites for inspiration… you never know when an image might spark an idea for your current work in progress. Playing around on Canva is relaxing and it’s free. 


Donald Maass has a great article on Writer Unboxed about beats. If you are unfamiliar with this term- these are the turning points of your story. This is a MUST READ craft article. 


In The Craft Section,

Layering your scenes- Jordan Dane- Bookmark

Writing tightly– James Scott Bell – Bookmark

How to create unique voices for multiple POV’s– Lisa Hall Wilson- Bookmark

When you have no story conflict- Jami Gold

Editorial feedback – friend or foe- Sherry Howard



In The Marketing Section,

The shy authors guide to book promotion– Sandra Beckwith- Bookmark

Are you ready to market -take this quiz– Frances Caballo

SPA Girls- How to use bonus content to sell books– Podcast brilliance

How to leave digital breadcrumbs– Lola Akerstrom

How to market a kindle book– Penny Sansevieri- Bookmark

Marketing Apps- a guide- Frances Caballo- Bookmark


To Finish,

Finally, we get to December and the wrapping paper comes out. I am always interested in the best presents for writers lists. Some I wouldn’t mind getting, some I just shake my head at. Here is a list of writer creativity and craft books from Lit Reactor. I have 3 of these and they are amazing reference books. (Story- Robert McKee, The War Of Art- Stephen Pressfield, On Writing -Stephen King)

Dianne Mills also has a great list of gifts for the writerly soul. (In a cute Christmas tree picture.) 





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.