Hooray! NEW Mark Shaw website at markshawbooks.com. Yes, we are growing, and look forward to seeing you on our new block.
Posted by Mark Shaw on July 7, 2011
Yes, it is true, my 24th book, Road to a Miracle, is being released next week by People’s Press and Globe Pequot. It’s the story of the spiritual journey that led me to discover a daughter and two grandchildren that I did not know existed and who thought I was dead. More about the book may be learned at http://www.markshawbooks.net or at Amazon where the first review is a zinger. The link there is http://www.amazon.com/Road-Miracle-Mark-Shaw/dp/1936905000/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310062249&sr=8-1.
Hope you enjoy the book.
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Posted by Mark Shaw on January 17, 2011
With the development of such legitimate self-publishing tools as Create Space and PubIt, there is absolutely no reason for anyone to become involved with a subsidy publishers. So beware of the scams from Author House, IUniverse, Xlibris, Dorrance, and so forth. Sure, they do what they say they will do, but most books never are distributed enough to gain any sense of exposure. Authors, many of them with a good story to tell, and a good writing, end up with an empty wallet and boxes of books in the basement.
To educate aspiring authors, I provide free mentoring services. More information at http://www.markshawbooks.net.
Posted by Mark Shaw on November 18, 2010
That’s right, reading good books helps with the writing of good books. So pay attention to what books are marked as the best written so you can learn from them.
For instance, Hudson Booksellers just listed its Top Books for 2010. Here’s the list. Read a few of them and see what storytelling methods were used, what the writing style is, and what kind of word usage is utilized. Learn from the best, and then write like the best.
The Passage, Justin Cronin
Room, Emma Donoghue
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
Tinkers, Paul Harding
The Eden Hunter, Skip Horack
Matterhorn, Karl Marlantes
Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart
Bitter in the Mouth, Monique Truong
The Lonely Polygamist, Brady Udall
Best Non Fiction
The Possessed, Elif Batuman
Let’s Take the Long Way Home, Gail Caldwell
The Wave, Susan Casey
Sh*t My Dad Says, Justin Halpern
Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand
Fatal System Error, Joseph Menn
Birdology, Sy Montgomery
The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee
Last Call, Daniel Okrent
Packing for Mars, Mary Roach
Best Young Readers
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, Jeff Kinney
I am Number Four, Pittacus Lore
It’s a Book, Lane Smith
Art & Max, David Wiesner
Best Business Interest
Switch, Chip & Dean Heath
Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh
Getting Naked, Patrick Lencioni
The Big Short, Michael Lewis
Aftershock, Robert Reich
Posted by Mark Shaw on October 5, 2010
But the schedule has also affected the key pre-Frankfurt selling season. With a late Labor Day followed quickly by the Jewish holidays and an earlier-than-usual Frankfurt itself, there have been barely a few “shopping weeks” prior to this year’s fair. We decided to look past sentiment to statistics, which show modest signs of a rebounding acquisition market–and confirm last fall as a low point.
Direct comparison is a little tricky since you have to decide whether to look only at sales in the month of September across the years, or to compare against last year’s entire pre-Frankfurt selling period, through October 13.
Analyzing the Deal database at Publishers Marketplace, total US deal reports for September were unquestionably higher–at 482 deals in total, up 16 percent from 2009, and up 6 percent from the previous high-point of 455 in 2007. Fiction, which drives Frankfurt sales even though it comprises a third of deals overall, is up 17 percent over 2009, and up 9 percent against 2008.
Thrillers are the segment showing the biggest indisputable increase. We had 15 reported sales in September–including four major deals–compared to just 3 thriller sales last September and 10 for September and October 2009 combined. Even 2008 had 17 sales in September and October combined, with 20 across both months in 2007.
Other key fiction sub-categories show stronger activity for September alone, but fewer sales than the longer pre-Frankfurt selling window last year. As an example, the 17 mystery/crime deals for this September were well ahead of the 11 sales recorded in September 2009 and 2008, though last year’s pre-Frankfurt total was 22 deals.
Also hard to call on volume are the closely-watched debut fiction and general fiction categories. Sales reached new highs for September alone this year by a matter of a few deals in each category, but that means the totals are well behind last year’s pre-Frankfurt counts. Debut sales were actually strong last year–15 sales in September and 29 in October, 35 percent ahead of 2008 and slightly below a high-point set in 2007.
What does appear to be strengthening is the number of deals of scale, with two major deals for debut authors this month and another two six-figure deals. That’s better than just two good deals acknowledged pre-Frankfurt last year, but weaker than the six debut deals for six-figures or better from pre-Frankfurt 2008 and the 10 six-figure fiction debuts from the frothy pre-Frankfurt 2007.
Other modest signs of strength comes from the successful young adult fiction market, where deal volume is reasonable and the incidence of big deals is up significantly. September comprised 43 deals–well ahead of September sales in any prior year, though one behind last year’s pre-Frankfurt total in this category, and ahead of 2008′s 37 pre-Frankfurt sales.
Here the money on the table is clearly higher, discernibly up in YA more than any other category, with this September’s YA reports comprising four major deals, three significant deals and another 2 good deals, compared to five good deals and another undefined six-figure deal for all of last year’s pre-Frankfurt reports, and just four modest six-figure deals in 2008′s pre-Frankfurt stretch.
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