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Print Books Outsold Digital Books During the First 6 Months of 2014

nielsenNielsen Books & Consumer has released the results of a recent survey focusing on book sales from the first six months of 2014. According to the findings, 23% of unit sales went to eBooks, 25% of unit sales went to hardcovers, and 42% of unit sales went to paperbacks.

Here’s more from The Huffington Post: “Given the explosive growth of ebook sales since the launch of the Kindle in 2007, with increases in the triple digits for several years, many expected the paper book industry to remain in retreat for the foreseeable future. Recently, however, ebook gains seem to have stabilized with hardcover and paperback books still comfortably dominant.”

Last month, horror novelist Stephen King sat for an interview and shared his opinion that physical books are here to stay. King does not feel that print books will meet the same end as CDs or records. What’s your prediction?

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Stephen King Predicts That Physical Books Are Here to Stay

Stephen KingAuthor Stephen King predicts that the physical book will “be here for a long, long time.”

In an interview with The Huffington Post, the famed horror novelist talks about why he doesn’t think books will meet the same end as “compact discs or even phonograph records.” One reason he gave is that books have been around for more than 300 years and there is a “deeply implanted desire” within society for them. Follow this link to watch the entire interview.

King has been working on a number of projects as of late. He wrote the script for a film adaptation of his short story, A Good Marriage, and soon he will go on a book tour in promotion of his new novel, Revival. What do you think? (Photo Credit: Shane Leonard)

How to Plot Your Way to the Best-Seller List

best-selling-author-wpWorking on a book? If your ambitions run beyond merely getting your manuscript published to making it a best-seller, you’ll need to start planning before you’ve written your first word. And we’re not talking about planning out your plot. To climb onto the best-seller list you’ll need to be a one-stop shop of writer, marketer and promoter.

Keep in mind however, that what you’ll be selling is not your book, but yourself. It’s your success in getting people to follow you, rather than your title, that is the key to sales:

This may seem a bit counterintuitive, but aggressively pushing your current title in lieu of promoting your personal brand as an author — is an ill-conceived plan that can actually stunt book sales. Literary mega-stars like Stephen King and John Grisham have a built-in fan base that buys every book they release, almost automatically. And that, says [author Tim Grahl], should be the goal of every writer — particularly those who have aspirations to write in multiple genres or cover various topics.

For more advice, including how to build your base, read: 6 Steps to Becoming a Best-Selling Author.

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Stephen King is Going on a Book Tour

stephenkingAuthor Stephen King is going on a six-city book tour to promote his new work Revival.

King hits the road November 11th and will make stops in New York, Washington DC, Kansas City, Wichita, Austin and South Portland. Follow this link for more details.

Revival will be the second novel that King publishes this year. His novel Mr. Mercedes came out in June. The new book is already generating a lot of excitement. The author revealed the cover for the new book as part of a Facebook game that required readers to like, comment and share a Facebook page in order to find out more about the story.

Authors Unite in Full Page NY Times Ad Against Amazon

authorlistMore than 900 authors including Stephen King, Malcolm Gladwell and Suzanne Collins have signed a letter calling readers to email Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and ask him to end the company’s dispute with Hachette.

“We call on Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette without further hurting authors and without blocking or otherwise delaying the sale of books to its customers,” reads the letter published under the name Authors United.

The anti-Amazon letter ran as a full page ad in The New York Times yesterday. The ad campaign was spearheaded by thriller author Douglas Preston. Here is more from the letter: Read more

Stephen King to Reveal New Book Cover in Facebook Game

bookrevealStephen King‘s next book Revival comes out in November. To help reveal details about the book, he is playing a little game on Facebook called #RevealREVIVAL.

Today, the new cover will slowly be revealed as squares covering the design are unlocked. You can help uncover the design and reveal more about the book by liking this page and sharing the app. When enough likes, comments and shares have taken place, the entire cover will come to life in an interactive format that gives clues about the book. Here is a quote from the bottom of the puzzle:

In one way, at least, our lives really are like movies. The main cast consists of your family and friends. The supporting cast is made up of neighbours, co-workers, teachers and daily acquaintances… But sometimes a person who fits none of these categories comes into our life… When I think of Charles Jacobs – my fifth business, my change agent, my nemesis – I can’t bear to believe his presence in my life had anything to do with fate…’

Stephen King’s Joyland Has Helped Emily Schultz Sell Her Backlist Novel

emilyschultzAuthor Emily Schultz has seen a new interest in her eight year old novel Joyland, thanks to Stephen King.

King released a book with the same name last year and since then Schultz has seen a spike in sales for her novel. She has created a Tumblr page to document the experience and highlight how she is spending the extra money that she has earned. Check it out:

That was cool, until a few King readers bought the e-book version of my novel by mistake and started leaving negative and confused Amazon reviews. I asked Amazon to change their search results to keep people from buying the wrong book but never heard back. Apparently there were a lot of confused readers as this week I got a—for me—big royalty check for those mistaken books. I’m not so upset anymore. Sure, it’s more a pleasant surprise than a fortune, and I’m stuck with those reviews, but I thought a blog detailing how we’re spending the Stephen King money would be a nice way to end this funny and strange story.

 

Inspired by George R.R. Martin, Stephen King Writes TV Episode

stephenkingStephen King got the idea to write an episode of  ”Under the Dome,” a TV adaptation of his 2009 sci-fi novel, from George R.R. Martin.

King wrote the first episode of the second season of the show, which debuts later this month. ”I knew that George R.R. Martin had written a few episodes of ‘Game of Thrones,’ and I was very jealous,” the horror author told The Los Angeles Times.

Here is more from the interview:

“It gave me a chance to set the arc in motion for the season,” he said between mouthfuls of pizza (served, much to his amusement, with a side of ranch dressing), “and it gave me a little more input into what was going to happen.”

‘Epic Rap Battles of History’ Video Pits Stephen King Vs. Edgar Allan Poe

A new video on the “Epic Rap Battles of History” YouTube channel pits two horror masters against one another: The Shining author Stephen King vs. The Raven poet Edgar Allan Poe. In your opinion, who’s the winner?

Comedian Zach Sherwin plays King and writer George Watsky plays Poe. Both Sherwin and Watsky contributed to writing the rap song itself along with two of the web series creators, Nice Peter and epicLLOYD. Which authors would you nominate to appear in future rap battles?

Joseph Pittman Joins Riverdale Avenue Books

RABJoseph Pittman has been brought on as an editorial director at Riverdale Avenue Books. Pittman will work on the list for the publishing house’s new mystery and thriller imprint, Dagger.

In the past, Pittman has held positions at Bantam Books, New American Library, and Alyson Books. Some of the authors he has worked with include Stephen King, Martha Grimes, and Lawrence Block.

Pittman had this statement in the press release: “I couldn’t be more excited to be joining Riverdale Avenue Books.  I have long-admired its independent spirit and fierce loyalty to its authors.  I share that spirit and look forward to publishing many great authors–both new and established–on the Dagger line.  Publishing may be ever-changing, but the desire to work with and discover talented authors remains a constant.”

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