Just Five Things: Best book marketing blogs


number-5Just Five Things, a list of simple actions that can enhance your publishing career. One tip for each day of the week related to every aspect of publishing from time management to marketing to writing.

1.  BookMarketingBuzzBlog / Brian Feinblum

2.  The Creative Penn / Joanna Penn

3.  Savvy Book Marketer / Dana Lynn Smith

4.  Author Marketing Experts / Penny Sansevieri

5.  SMART Marketing for Authors / Chris Syme

See you next week for another list of Just Five Things.

If you have a tip to share or need help with a challenge, email me at myauthorconcierge@gmail.com.


Publishing predictions for 2016


The experts are weighing in on what trends and changes they expect to see in publishing in 2016. Listed below are a few highlights. What do you predict will happen in book publishing over the next 12 months?

Jonathon Sturgeon, Flavorwire, predicts:

Increase in co-authored books.

Proliferation of “adult relaxation” books (AKA coloring books)

Billionaire erotica out; “prole erotica” in

Mark Coker, Smashwords, predicts:

Indie authors will edge into large publishers’ market share

Many full-time indie authors will quit or minimize production

Increase in use of pre-order option to boost sales

Publishing Technology predicts:

Fastest growth segments will be audio and children’s publishing

Ebook and print will diverge into parallel markets

Publishers will cut mid-list authors

Tom Chalmers, blogger on Digital Book World, predicts:

Increased focus on foreign sales

Growth of print sales

Evolution of book fairs and micro-fairs

Alexandra Alter, The New York Times, looks back at 2015:

Audiobook sales rose

There was no single breakout novel in lit fiction

POV is enough to re-do an old favorite