Every author wants to know how they can succeed, and keep doing so.
Some try to look at marketing and the movement of trends in order to see how they should shift with the market. But many authors worry that moving with the market strips their unique identities, and many others don’t want to change because they like their writing topics and styles. The question then is how do we find a happy medium?
What are the current trends in writing? Everybody wants to know. Writers do know some trends. Their incomes are all over the place or dropping. The current political situation is seeing dystopian themed books being dusted off. The South by South West film and television festival is currently full of Handmaids from The Handmaids Tale, a book by Margaret Atwood. This book freaked people out when it was first published and seems set to continue if all the articles about the festival handmaids is anything to go by.
The London Book Fair is on* and chat on the floor suggests that Brexit will hit UK publishing scene hard. Also I see on Twitter that it’s not just the Brits who are un-nerved. Several EU countries are facing Brexit calls of their own in upcoming elections. We are in unsettled times.
The latest Author Earnings report is out, and interesting reading it is too. Here in NZ we recently had our own version of Writer Income surveyed… which was pretty dismal reading. Data Guy has some comments on the NZ situation in English language publishing.
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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.