Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Publishing Trends Survey

Interesting survey conducted by Publishing Trends... the information about compensation is sad, but accurate.

4 comments:

Robin S. said...

Interesting article - hope you don't mind my asking - what's the most gratifying part for you?

"For the president of an international rights agency in the Northeast, all the effort becomes worth it when “that ‘little book’ gets astonishing royalties because you never really know when a book will sell or not.” Indeed, perhaps cracking the capricious market is part of the “intellectual challenge” that 63% of respondents cite as the best part of their jobs. And despite occasionally grumbling about them, 48.1% say “working with like-minded people” is the best part. “Contributing to literary culture” (39.7%) and a “flexible schedule” (24.1%) also enthuse the industry. A little fame doesn’t hurt either. “Meeting someone who has read and enjoyed a book on which I’ve worked” is a high point for one editor. Some simply like all the free books and going to Frankfurt//"

Christine said...

I'm surprised they don't mention Blogger or LiveJournal. I avoid MySpace like the plague because there are way too many ads and blinky flashy things. Maybe other book-buyers think along the same lines and that contributes to the lack of response to writer's myspace pages.

Jonathan Lyons said...

I think it's a mix of the challenge and contibuting to literary culture. The flexible schedule and working with like-minded people doesn't influence me too much.

Maya Reynolds said...

Thanks for this link, Jonathan. I'm pleased to have it.