There's a culture of rapid change in publishing. e-books have had a huge gain because of electronic readers. At the same time, print-on-demand and self-publishing continues to grow with cost coming down rapidly.
Publishers and big-box book retailers are in a battle with Amazon. Amazon has become a major e-publisher and they do not allow other e-retailers to distribute their books. They have raised fees for promoting other publisher's books on its website. They all have to come through Amazon.
Writers hoping to land a publishing deal with a traditional publisher need to have a killer manuscript and a strong author platform.
If your previously published book didn't do well, they won't even look at your recent work unless they can be assured that it's a killer manuscript. Authors tied to to their books that didn't do good in the market can be a liability to the well-being of authors. Most authors who have been accepted by a traditional publisher feel honored, but shortly after attitudes may shift. You may see the cracks in your fantasy. Editors are not editing their work as they had hoped, publicity crashed and their needs were not met. Authors want to be validated, they want their publishers to be happy with them and to assure them that they can make a living with their books.
Publishing is a business. If the books are not selling, they may not accept another from you unless it's a killer manuscript; what they perceive is a killer book.
WHAT'S NEW IN BOOK PUBLISHING? WHO'S? WHERE?
Do you know about book publisher and imprint start-ups such as Opus, Bourbon Street books--HarperCollins' new imprint, Capstone Young Readers, Triangle Square Editions, Dutton GuiltEdged
Mysteries and She WritesPress, Redbook--Hatchette's new fiction imprints?
ALSO IN THE NEWS ARE CHANGING IMPORTANT EDITORS: Kelly Barales-Saylor is the new editorial director at Albert Whitman, Frances Gilbert is now editorial director of Random House Children's Books, Pat Johnson of Knopf, Cindy Loh, Brian Napack of Macmillan, Daniel Nayeri at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, all are the changes at Perseus Book Groups.
The magazine industry is caught in a bind of monetizing digital while print edition circulation and ad revenues decline. All that aside, specialty magazines continue to launch in both print and e-editions. Do you know about Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Highlights Hello, Berkshire Magazine, Story, Huffington, Modern Cat, The Growler, Cycling News, Mos and Dads Today, wax, Click, Destinations Uncovered, tailgating Digest, New York Home Design, Cigar & Spirits, Du Jour, Los Angeles Magazine, What Makes You Happy, Miabella and comma Call?
GROW AS A WRITER THIS YEAR. LOOK AT OTHER OPPORTUNITIES!!!