They spoke about how publishing has folded in on itself, so that there are fewer editors to submit a project to. Lower print runs and lower advances are the bad news. Expanding opportunities with small presses, digital first publishers and self-publishing was the good news.
The one thing I was really surprised to hear was the rising popularity of romantic suspense. Yay! Although I enjoy writing a great many different types of book, romantic suspense will always be my favorite.
The young adult market is the only one that has seen expansion recently. If you’ve got a yen to write one of these, now is definitely the time. A wide range of subject matter will fly with YA publishers, including sex (if done contientiously) and touch subjects like abuse and suicide.
But traditional publishers are looking for books that can go big, selling a minimum of 50,000 print copies. Midlist is almost non-existant.
I really enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm of these two women.
I also signed copies of my new book (Outside the Law). I actually sold out! So nice to have such supportive chapter mates.
After the meeting, Rob and I went on a letterbox hunt. “Letterboxing” is my new hobby; it involves hidden boxes containing a rubber stamp and a log book. You bring your own rubber stamp, stamp, stamp the box’s logbook, use their stamp to mark your own logbook, then put the box back where you found it for the next person to find. Clues to the letterbox locations are found online. We found our first one yesterday and our second one today. Yay!