By Nancy Martin
We’ve also noted the “small presses” are paying about a thousand dollars for a book, often for just one-book deals. This kind of deal is more for the hobby writers than the pros, but we list such deals anyway because knowledge is power, right?
The disheartening low-advance trend brings up the consideration that maybe now’s a good time to write something besides mystery if you can. But if you watch the “deals” in other genres, you’ve noticed that YA has exploded (that is, publishers have been eagerly accepting manuscripts that appeal to young adult readers) as have the paranormal and inspirational genres. (Now’s the time, apparently, to try selling that Amish teenage vampire manuscript you’ve kept in a drawer.) If you want to write a thriller and you have a name that could pass for a man’s--well, now’s good for you, too. Romantic suspense seems to be heating up as well. And historical fiction is enjoying a surge among publishers, too.
Of course, those trends may have run their course. If it takes you two years to write such a book--well, “you snooze, you lose,” comes to mind.
But let’s face it: It’s the “deals” that everybody’s really interested in. How much money was So-and-So paid for what kind of book? Who’s her agent? What editor made the purchase? If you read SinC Links every month only for the deals, you’ll eventually start seeing the trends and act accordingly.
What SinC Links doesn’t do? We don’t provide supportive inspiration. (Although we occasionally find a tidbit that’s entertaining.) Nor are we an outlet for self-promotion. (We don’t announce pub dates, only business deals.) Unfortunately, we don’t provide a venue for discussing current trends either—but that’s what this blog is for! And so is the Sisters in Crime listserve. But SinC Links is intended to help professional writers make solid business decisions as we strategize our careers.
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Nancy Martin's writing carer has stayed alive for 30 years, during which she has written nearly 50 popular fiction novels including The Blackbird Sisters mystery series and the Roxy Abruzzo series. She serves on the board of Sisters in Crime and blogs at The Lipstick Chronicles. Be sure to visit Nancy's web site.