Love Triangles in Young Adult Fiction: A Brief and Sordid History
Historial Tidbits / Publishing Trends / Young Adult

Love Triangles in Young Adult Fiction: A Brief and Sordid History

The fact that love triangles have become an almost ever-present cliche in today’s young adult fiction is difficult to deny, particularly when examining a list of recent commercial hits. The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The Iron Fey books by Julie Kagawa. The … Continue reading

Books / Chick Lit / Publishing Trends / Romance / Young Adult

New Adult Fiction: A Budding Genre Picking Up Steam?

Since the start of 2013, New Adult Fiction has been making a splash in the mainstream media. ABC News Nightline featured a segment on New Adult Fiction in late February, highlighting the rags to riches stories of several popular genre authors, including Colleen Hoover of Slammed and Cora Carmack of Losing It. The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, and … Continue reading

A Memoir of the Book Business from Jason Epstein
Books / Memoir / Publishing Trends

A Memoir of the Book Business from Jason Epstein

To even the casual observer, it is clear the book business is in the throes of a transformation. From the ascendance of Amazon.com and the boom of internet-induced self-publishing to the rise of social media publicity and technologically enhanced books, many factors are converging to bring about changes in how books are produced, sold, and … Continue reading

Article of the Week / Publishing Trends

Article of the Week: The Publishing World Yesterday and Today

This week, we return to a television program for article of the week. A family friend brought to my attention the International Summit of the Book held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC on December 7, 2012. The day-and-a-half long summit was subsequently broadcast on C-Span 2 Book TV. Given that I do … Continue reading

Publishing Trends

Books on the Not-So-Big Screen: Enter the Book Trailer

As close as I can pinpoint, book trailers came into existence in 2002, just three years before the birth of YouTube. Around this time, the first book trailers appeared. They featured stills, photographs, and read-aloud sessions with authors.  Farrar, Straus, and Giroux took the book trailer to the next level with their trailer for Gregoire … Continue reading

Publishing Trends

What Does The “Fifty Shades” Phenomenon Tell Us About Book Publishing Today?

In light of Fifty Shades of Grey‘s run-away success, many observers have tried to boil down the secrets to the book’s explosion on the marketplace. A USA Today story from July developed a list of ten reasons (sex sells, handcuffs are exciting, everyone loves a fairytale, and so on). CNN similarly attempted to explain the Fifty … Continue reading