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With the changes in the publishing industry to accommodate writers, who are breaking in whether through traditional or e-pub, there is a wave of new things to cover.

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First there are new genres.

  • NA – stands for New Adult books.  This is for young adults who have left their parents house and are trying to make it in the world on their own.  A lot of the stories are focused around college students or young adults in the working world.  Some new NA books that are hot grabs are Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster.  Check out USA Today’s article about this genre and the authors making headlines at http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/04/15/new-adult-genre-is-the-hottest-category-in-book-publishing/2022707/ . ( I just recently found out about this genre. )
  • Metaphysical Fiction – It is not really a new genre but more of a sub-category of fiction writing, whether it is for YA, MG or adult books.  This subject covers the mixture of some fantasy with real world phenomenon and or magic.  You can read a better description of what this category covers at Karen M. Rider’s blog at http://www.karenmrider.com/what-is-metaphysical-fiction/ .  She goes over the category really well along with visionary fiction.  The post is a great read.

The new writing styles have been put into these new categories to help readers find these books.  The changes seem minuscule and sure there are categories above I left out.  But you can find them on your own by visiting Amazon or Goodreads and searching through the many categories.

So what are the headaches to come with these changes.

  • Readers will have that many more choices to choose from.
  • Older books will have to be re-categorized to accommodate the new genres.

But here is the plus side to all this for authors out there.  We can now have our works more specifically categorized.  Which in turn will help all those readers out there who know what they are looking for in a good book.

So read on, fellow book enthusiast.  And may the writers imagination be forever endless.

 

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Barnes & Noble eReader Software Coming to iPad (Photo credit: John Federico)

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Nathan Bransford, Author.

I agree with this article but there is a big misconception about authors.  There are good authors who are not recognized because their work is not mainstream popular reading.  The decisions to read and study certain literature in a canon is determined, in my opinion, by political and cultural preferences.  Whatever is popular now is what people want to read about.  There were books held back from the public (like Kate Chopin‘s The Awakening) because of people in power found their work offensive.  Literature is a fickle thing.  I don’t know a lot of people that can actually agree about what should be studied in college literature classes or read as entertainment.  As a society we are like a leaf apt to go where the wind blows us.

The new writers and authors are flooding the market with self-published books and e-books.  There are all kinds of writers.    Sure we don’t have a lot of Mark Twains or Edgar Allen Poes’ anymore.  But shouldn’t we find some that are still worthy to quote?  Obviously the Noble Prize in Literature is still finding candidates to hand out the award to.  Even the Newberry Award is given out every year.  So there is still some talent out there.

Mark Twain statue

Mark Twain statue (Photo credit: stevebkennedy)

People will read what they want to read.  As writers we just need to write what we feel.  Whether it will make it into a canon or not is up to those who select it.

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Goodreads | Jessica Wilsons review of Creepy Carrots!.

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Oh my heck! This is great. Now all my books I read and buy on Amazon will be linked to Goodreads. I already have an account with Goodreads and share my reviews with readers everywhere. This is big news for book lovers everywhere.

Nathan Bransford, Author.

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I have just returned from a great empowering writer’s conference.  Every author new to the craft or veterans wanting new information should attend conferences.  The publishing industry is changing and the news sounds grim for traditional publishing.  There are a lot of great new doors open for writers in this technological age.  We can self-publish with  Createspace ( https://www.createspace.com/ ), which is a part of Amazon.  Selling ebooks online with the biggest book seller would be a smart thing to do.  But there are other companies to consider.  There’s Lulu (http://www.lulu.com/) and Apple’s iBookstore (http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/ ) that offer a great way to self publish.  But wait there’s more!  You have Barnes & Noble, Pubit! (http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/pubit_app/bn?t=pi_reg_home ).  And then there’s Google where you can submit your book with the biggest search engine and have millions of views from consumers.

Are you overwhelmed yet?  I know I was today.  Everyone is self-publishing.  And what does that mean for readers?  There are a lot more good and bad choices now.  Not all indie books are edited.  Which could mean for some tough reading.

So I listened to David Harrison (who has sold millions of books) talk about writing what you know or have experienced.  I kind of already knew that.  I heard Terry Miller (who is a fantastic illustrator) talk about the new age of eReaders and where our publishing world is heading.  I had a clue a couple of years ago when the first iPad hit the country with all it’s cool apps that people everywhere would want one.  And then I was privileged to hear Ellen Hopkins talk about her books like her best-seller CRANK.  Everyone on the panel had lots of information and good advice.  There was a panel of authors of YA.  And editor, who I am sure everyone knows, Emma Dryden (www.drydenbks.com) .  Hearing from professionals is always uplifting.  I can’t praise SCBWI enough for all the work they do for their members.

So what am I telling you?

What I am saying is that even though you feel like you know everything.  It is always good to attend a conference and get information and also to network.  Someone there might just have the right information to help you out.  If you need it.  I know I came away from this conference with some critiques that are pushing me to revise my own stories.  I knew my manuscripts needed work.  I just didn’t know where.  It was great to hear from professional editors what they thought of my work.  I am glad I have some fresh new opinions from the conference.  Adding a few new friends was just the icing on the cake.

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