Subscribe: Comments on A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Backlistics
http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/feeds/7553040068111222869/comments/default
Added By: Feedage Forager Feedage Grade A rated
Language: English
Tags:
agree  author  authors  back  backlist  book  books  good  joe  make  money  new  print  promote  pseudonym  published  titles 
Rate this Feed
Rate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feed
Rate this feed 1 starRate this feed 2 starRate this feed 3 starRate this feed 4 starRate this feed 5 star

Comments (0)

Feed Details and Statistics Feed Statistics
Preview: Comments on A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Backlistics

Comments on A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Backlistics





Updated: 2017-12-12T23:10:47.072-06:00

 



* I've heard that publishers make most of their mo...

2007-07-30T19:17:00.000-05:00

* I've heard that publishers make most of their money on backlist titles

I was in my favourite bookstore looking for two books and was told by the bookseller that they too make most of their money from backlists titles.

Given this, I found it odd that they did not stock Michael Cummingham's, Flesh and Blood and A home at the end of the world. The guy won a Pulitzer Prize for The Hours, and they had that, but not no others. Odd.



Spyscribbler,It IS possible to promote your backli...

2007-06-14T18:54:00.000-05:00

Spyscribbler,

It IS possible to promote your backlist without a new release driving it, but much more difficult. You can use the same strategies, however: signing stock, making appearances at local stores, talking to booksellers about your work, etc.

Several local authors do this at our store, and they enjoy continued success (relatively speaking), despite not having released anything new for a couple of years.

Good luck!

Good luck!



I think the best advice I ever got from my dad was...

2007-06-14T11:16:00.000-05:00

I think the best advice I ever got from my dad was: You've got to peddle your wares.

He's gone now, but not a day goes by when I don't repeat those words of wisdom to myself.

Joe, you really drive home the point with this post. And that piece on book signing in WD was a big help as well.

Josephine

http://quoteitwrite.blogspot.com
http://forensicsdiary.blogspot.com
http://josephinedamian.blogspot.com



It is a sad day when authors go out of fashion, ev...

2007-06-14T06:53:00.000-05:00

It is a sad day when authors go out of fashion, even when they are still capable of producing new and interesting work.

There are other avenues now but authors are looked down upon when they decide to take those other avenues. In addition to that, these avenues don't have the same level of compensation that traditional publishing does.

A write must have compensation to continue his/her craft. There is no way around that. Continue the craft on a commercial level I should say.



Thanks, Ann. My mistake. I was thinking about anot...

2007-06-13T13:59:00.000-05:00

Thanks, Ann. My mistake. I was thinking about another author. Tess blogged about her problem a while back, and I must have gotten mixed up on the pseudonym thing.



Jude--Tess never published under a pseudonym. Her...

2007-06-13T11:04:00.000-05:00

Jude--

Tess never published under a pseudonym. Her Harlequin Intrigues were all originally published under her own name. And they are quite terrific, I might add. But some readers are afraid of reading romance, no matter how well done. And when the books are re-released, the packaging doesn't always make it clear that these novels aren't new releases and are ROMANTIC suspense. Hence the problem.

Keep up the good blogs, Joe!



I was recently depressed to learn how many of my f...

2007-06-13T08:15:00.000-05:00

I was recently depressed to learn how many of my favorite authors are no long being published. :-(

My pseudonym has a backlist that I need to promote this summer. I swear, I may as well be self-published, for all the momentum I have!

Is it possible to promote a backlist, without the momentum of a new release?



Great post, Joe.I suppose there might be certain r...

2007-06-12T19:30:00.000-05:00

Great post, Joe.

I suppose there might be certain rare instances where an author cringes at their backlist coming back in print. Some of Tess Gerritsen's romances (originally published under a psuedonym), for example, have been re-released using her real name. This was not her choice, and she feels it confuses some of her fans regarding the books she writes now. Her old publisher is using her bestselling brand to promote titles long out of print and in a different genre. She still gets the royalties, of course, but I think she would have liked for those books to stay under the pseudonym.



Excellent, albeit somewhat frightening, observatio...

2007-06-12T18:22:00.000-05:00

Excellent, albeit somewhat frightening, observation, Joe. And entirely true: My bookstore (which does just shy of 5 million in sales/year) receives an average of eight dumps every Tuesday. Guess how many we actually put out on the floor.

That's right, zip and zilch. Every now and then we'll put up one or two, if there's no room in the section for the copies, or if we're taking down one of the previous dumps.

More often than not, the dumps are destroyed, the books stripped, and zero sales result in that publisher's investment.

Anyway, you've got the right idea--making sure your backlist continues to sell is the only way to give yourself a chance and keeping your books in print. I'm always amazed at how many titles I look up, only to find out they're out of print, and they were published in 2005.



i appreciate this blog...thanky.

2007-06-12T10:46:00.000-05:00

i appreciate this blog...thanky.



Backlists—like everything else in the book busines...

2007-06-11T17:22:00.000-05:00

Backlists—like everything else in the book business—are driven by money. If the publisher will continue to sell enough of an older title on a trickle basis to justify either (1) keeping some in the warehouse (which costs money) or (2) reprinting as needed (which costs money), then it will happen. If the profit margin isn’t there, it won’t happen. In both situations, the odds are against authors who are not bestsellers and/or do not continue to pump out current books, because they don't have enough trickle sales.

The best way for an author to keep older books in print (short of writing “Catcher in the Rye” or its equivalent) is to continue to have good, new books introduced to the public on a regular basis. Readers then discover the author and look for older titles (i.e. “demand.”). Continuing to pump out good books on a regular basis is the best way to have a backlist that is not out of print. Your suggestions as to what the author can do are directed towards selling current books to new readers and engaging in promotion. They are therefore dead-on.

However, the concept of being “out of print” is becoming more and more obsolete as POD and other technologies advance and become more cost efficient. In X years, publishers will be able to get an order, print a POD book just as good as the original, and fulfill the order at a price where they can still make a profit. At that point, everyone’s backlist will be available, because the publisher will be able to make money.

Until then, the author should do everything he/she can to crank out and sell new titles.



I agree with everything you said. Thought I'd comm...

2007-06-11T15:52:00.000-05:00

I agree with everything you said. Thought I'd comment on two:
signing a book -- Christmas often, okay always, creeps up on me and when I shop, I look for autographed books to give to friends.
writing -- of course! But, also, if I find a new author and it's a series, I want to read them all from beginning to end, so even if the series, started ten years ago, I'm looking for #1



Joe,I'm curious. Did you schedule appointments wi...

2007-06-11T15:50:00.000-05:00

Joe,

I'm curious. Did you schedule appointments with a lot of the booksellers you visited ahead of time, or did you just drop by the store? Do you basically just stop by, introduce yourself and thank them for carrying your books? Thanks. Great post.



> an out of print book often indicates a lack of s...

2007-06-11T10:59:00.000-05:00

> an out of print book often indicates a lack of sales, and these numbers are tracked by publishers who won't want to buy new books from this author. It's a downward spiral.

I didn't know this until very recently. I'd bought a thriller (a sci-fi noir, actually, great genre mix!). "The Bright Spot" by Robert Sydney. I loved it, and wanted to find out more about the author, but he blurb in the back said that Robert Sydney was the pseudonym of an author who usually writes under a different name. Puzzled me to no end ... why would you not publish such a great story under your own name? I blogged it, and the author, whose real name is Dennis Danvers, happened to find my post and took the time to stop by and explain it. The publishing world sure is an odd place!



I would rather be out of print, than never having ...

2007-06-10T19:58:00.000-05:00

I would rather be out of print, than never having been in print.

I guess the fear of where you could be is somewhat relative to where you are.

Stacey



I agree. And I was absolutely FLOORED when David M...

2007-06-10T18:34:00.000-05:00

I agree. And I was absolutely FLOORED when David Morrell noted recently that a couple of his books were out of print. David Morrell????

David, being David, may very well find a way for those to remain in print, but I guess if it can happen to him, it can happen to any of us.



Joe, I couldn't agree more--an author's backlist i...

2007-06-10T10:46:00.000-05:00

Joe, I couldn't agree more--an author's backlist is hugely important. There's nothing better than having titles continue to go back to press long after the book's first months on the front table.

There's certainly a lot publishers can--and do--do to promote the backlist. I've been thrilled with what Harper's done for the paperback of the first in my series. Big distribution and co-op on paperback reprints is a beautiful thing.



Joe, any statistical feedback from that epic tour ...

2007-06-10T09:07:00.000-05:00

Joe, any statistical feedback from that epic tour last summer. Personally, I think it was a brilliant idea to meet so many booksellers. Your approach is so friendly and respectful--I've adopted most of your techniques by the way.

But now that all is said and done, is there any way for you to measure its impact on your sales, preorders for DM, etc?



Joe, what about distributors? Do you think meeting...

2007-06-09T23:52:00.000-05:00

Joe, what about distributors? Do you think meeting with them could help?
Seems I've read here and there about a few writers who have done so, and went away feeling it paid off.



>My new book also has back jacket blurbs by bookse...

2007-06-09T23:17:00.000-05:00

>My new book also has back jacket blurbs by booksellers rather than the usual authors and reviewers.

Brilliant idea!