Friday, July 11, 2008
The Year of the What?
Publishers Weekly has an interesting article entitled "15 Trends to Watch in 2008." On the list at number 3 is this gem: "This will be the Year of the Author" followed by some drivel about publishing brands and speakers bureaus. Hmmm....not so far, it would appear. Number 11 is about literary agents begining to experience "the same kind of consolidation hit other parts of the book business, as the shrinking of advances below the very top tier of authors and the growing need for agents to provide editing, marketing and increasingly detailed rights management make it hard for smaller agencies to bring in enough money to cover their overhead costs." Indeedy. Though doesn't shrinking advances diminish the Year of the Author? Oh well, why bother putting that old formula together? There's more nuggets to be mined over there about experimentation, etc. Worth a click.