Authors love women

Two fascinating articles on who drives books sales. Would love to see original reports. September, 2010 http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/books/2012801171_litlife06.html I arrived back at work, along with 2,000 e-mails and about that many incoming books, I got a report from Bowker, a global firm that tracks people’s book-buying habits. Here are some of the more interesting bits from

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How libraries select books

Back in May I wrote about a Gallup survey that shed some light on how US adults select books to read. That poll revealed that book reviews only play a role 7% of the time with readers. The most important things to readers are prior experience with an author and recommendations from someone they know. But there’s another important block

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How many copies do average authors sell?

I posted earlier about the sales number for best-selling authors. What about the average author? Here’s Patrick Nielsen Hayden, an editor at Tor Books, in an interview on io9.com about the future effects of e-text on publishing: io9: Does it make a difference to you if an author has an online reputation? Does that go into

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Which cons should an aspiring author attend?

You want to meet editors and agents. But how? Where? Writing Excuses recently held a great podcast listing the types of events aspiring authors might want to attend–conventions, conferences, workshops, expos, etc. But knowing the types still doesn’t tell you which events to go to. If you’re looking to meet editors and agents, here’s a way to figure

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Is book marketing bad?

At CONduit I spoke with an author friend who thought that marketing was indeed a bad thing, especially marketing for YA, because said author felt it didn’t build an audience based on the merits of the book. It built one based on hype and buzz.  Instead of buying a book because it delivered a wonderful experience, readers would be buying only

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