Agent Savant

The musings of literary agent Laurie McLean

Archive for September, 2012

Personal recommendations (in person) key to book sales

At Digital Book World’s Discoverability and Marketing event yesterday in New York City, ISBN powerhouse Bowker had this to say about how people buy books: “Last year, nearly 50% of consumers altered their book-buying behavior, according Bowker’s v-p of publishing services Kelly Gallagher, who estimated that 39% of books are sold online and “people discover […]

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Spencer Hill Press Buys Alex Kahler YA UF

I am so pleased to finally be able to announce that fast-growing Spencer Hill Press has bought the rights to publish the first two books in my client Alex Kahler’s series: The Hunted. MARTYR and MENDED follow gay teen protagonist, Tenn, as he uses his chakra magic to fight an assortment of new and horrible […]

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Amazon Publishing Shares Initial Sales Figures

In a letter to agents, Amazon Publishing’s VP Jeff Belle shared how its imprints 47North (fantasy/horror/science fiction), Thomas & Mercer (mystery/thriller), and Montlake (romance) are doing saleswise. No big surprise, Kindle sales account for the bulk of their numbers. Also not a big surprise is that a handful of bestselling authors are blowing the doors […]

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Espresso Book Machines Everywhere!

If Kodak has its way, the future of books I’ve been envisioning since 2008 may finally become a reality. Can you imagine book kiosks where you can select among millions of books from bestsellers to obscure out of print classics? Hundreds of thousands of locations conveniently located nearby? Print books on demand with the ease […]

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Amazon Already Discounting HarperCollins eBooks

Well, that was fast! Just days after the judge accepted the Department of Justice settlements from HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster and Hachette, Amazon has begun to discount eBooks from HarperCollins. Read more about it here. Guess the authors will just have to suck it up if their contracts pay royalties on net amounts. Sigh…

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