Book Publishing News 05/18/17

Christian Small Publishers Awards now Christian Indie Awards

“Over the past few years, the number of books published independently in the United States has grown exponentially,” says Sarah Bolme, Director of Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA), the sponsor of the book award. “In fact, between 2010 and 2015, the number of independent or self-published books grew over 400%. This new name better reflects the increasing numbers of independently published books and authors, while continuing to promote small publishers.” Read more …
Note from Eddie: While I applaud CSPA for inviting self-published authors to submit, LPC will no longer recognize any LPC title that wins this new award.    Progressive Publishers like LPC (small publishers that offer everything legacy, traditional publishers offer except author advances and guaranteed bookstore distribution) continue to fight the “self-published” stigma.  Authors remain confused as to what constitutes a self-publishing firm.  The definition is simple: If you have to buy books or pay for any part of your book’s publication, it’s self-published.  

Cynthia Ruchti joins Books & Such Literary

“Cynthia is such an obvious choice to excel at agenting,” said Janet Grant, founder and president of Books & Such Literary Management. “She has a significant network among publishing personnel through her many years serving as faculty at writers conferences; working with ECPA and CBA organizations as the professional relations liaison and past president for ACFW; as well as being a multi-published author herself. And she’s personally connected to many authors, especially through her work with ACFW.” Read more …

Audible Suspends Its Gift Copies Program for New Releases

Apparently Audible has stopped issuing gift copies of new audiobooks releases. Audible has explained the move as a way to focus on the selling of gift subscriptions. Read more …

Amazon Algorithms & How “also bought recommendations” Are Set

Indie author David Gaughran has written insightfully about how to strategically and ethically work the system. Read at his blog here and here.

Book Publishing News 05/12/17

Amazon to open bookstore in D.C.Amazon to open bookstore in D.C.

Amazon plans to open a bookstore in Georgetown. According to Vornado Realty Trust CEO Steve Roth, Amazon has agreed to lease a 10,000-square-foot space at 3040 M St. NW. Amazon currently operates bookstores in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington. Its website lists six “coming soon” locations in California, New Jersey, New York and Washington.

The State of Utah Benefits from Amazon Sales Tax Model

The Denver Post reports, “The state of Utah has seen its sales tax revenue skyrocket since the online retail giant agreed to collect taxes on purchases.” Officials refused to say how much of the tax revenue came directly from Amazon. Amazon began collecting the 4.7% sales tax in Utah in January under a deal with the state that allows Amazon to get the same 1.31 percent of the taxes-collected-handling-fee that in-state retailers receive.

EU’s New E-book Rules Worry Booksellers

“While the European Commission’s aim is to foster competition, the new rule may have the opposite effect,” says the The European and International Booksellers Federation. The EIBF, which primarily represents small and medium-sized booksellers, believes the shift may force many booksellers to abandon selling e-books altogether. In a press release they state that although 70-85% of booksellers in any given country in the EC sell e-books, the rule change would be to the “sole benefit” of the dominant multi-national e-book platforms, such as Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Google Play Books.” Read the full story …

2016 Was a Tough year for Independent Christian stores

Christian stores saw a 6 percent sales decline in 2016 over 2015. According to CROSS:SCAN data, 61 percent of reporting stores saw higher transaction averages but less traffic. While a decrease in store traffic is a major contributor to the sales decline, Christian stores also lack strong omnichannel capabilities (voice, email, SMS/text, web, mobile or social media presence)  that enable them to connect with consumers online.  As a percentage of the population with more disposable income increases, Christian-store customer segments may see a boost print-book sales. Read the full story …

Tips for Marketing Your Book

Join me May 21 – 25 at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference  where I’ll teach workshops on:

Why You’re Not Getting Book Contracts and What To Do About It

The book publishing industry changed last decade … year … month. Did you?  Learn the top mistakes writers make when they pitch their book and what to do about it.

Why You’re Not Getting Amazon Reviews and What To Do About It

Amazon book reviews are social-proof and one of the top reason online consumers make a purchase. Learn how to increase the number and rating of your book’s Amazon reviews.

Why You’re Not Selling Copies of Your Book and What To Do About It 

Do you have a sales goal for each of your books?  A royalty target?  A marketing budget?  Would you like to have a top-seller?  Learn the secrets that can turn any good book into a “blessed seller.”

Book Publishing News 05/05/17

2017 Selah Awards Finalists from LPC Books

Selah Award

The Selah Awards are awarded to books within Christian publishing that are considered excellent within their genre. This year LPC Books placed nine titles in the finals. Congratulations to the following authors.

Genre: Contemporary Women’s
Author: Candee Fick
Title: Dance Over Me
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas / Bling! Romance

Genre: General Nonfiction
Author: Linda Gilden & Tama Westman
Title: Why You Do What You Do
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas / Straight Street Books

Genre: Fiction: Historical/Biblical
Author: Pamela King Cable
Title: The Sanctum
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas / Firefly Southern Fiction

Genre: First Novel
Author: Janine Mendenhall
Title: Starving Hearts
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas / Heritage Beacon

Author: K. S. Moore
Title: Angel Beneath My Wheels
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas / Firefly Southern Fiction

Author: Beth Ann Ziarnik
Title: Her Deadly Inheritance
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Elaine Marie Cooper
Title: Saratoga Letters
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Author: Janet S. Grunst
Title: A Heart Set Free
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas / Smitten Historical Romance

Genre: Fiction: Mystery/Suspense
Author: Donn Taylor
Title: Murder Mezzo Forte
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas / Lamplighter Mysteries & Suspense

Genre: Fiction: Speculative
Author: Aaron D. Gansky
Title: The Blood Sword: A Hand of Adonai Novel
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas / Brimstone Fiction

David C Cook hires new Chief Publishing Officer

David C Cook today announces the addition of Jon Burgess as Chief Publishing Officer (CPO), overseeing the Learning Resources group beginning on June 5, 2017. “We are pleased to have Jon join David C Cook as CPO,” said Cris Doornbos, Chief Executive Officer. “He brings a wide breadth of leadership experience to this critical position and his proven abilities will enable him to add immediate value to the team.” Read More…

Houghton Mifflin To Cut Staff by 8 to 10 Percent

This spring, the publisher will complete a reorganization that will eliminate around 360 to 450 people, as estimated by Publishers Marketplace

Who Are BookBub Subscribers?

The vast majority of BoobBub subscribers are middle-aged women, and the genre of highest interest is mystery/thriller. Learn more at the BookBub blog.

Facts About Amazon Prime Members

  • Estimated number of US Amazon Prime members: 80 million
  • Estimated share of Amazon customers who are also Prime members: 60%
  • Estimated increase of Prime members since last year: 38%