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The 8 Major Publishing Trends of 2016
Written by Emily Harstone | November 7, 2016
I am starting off this article with a disclaimer. This article is not going to tell you what publishing trends are up and coming. I don’t know if books about rock stars are going to be the new YA trend or not. That isn’t my area of expertise, and frankly it is not where my interest lies. I am glad I don’t know what the next big thing will be, it makes life more exciting.
This article is all about the trends I have observed in the publishing industry, in terms of manuscript publishers, self publishing, and literary journals over the last year or so. The key word in the previous sentence is “I”. This article reflects my personal opinion and what I have noticed.
Because I write a review of a publisher every week for Authors Publish, I spend a lot of time researching publishers and publishing. As a professional submitter for literary journals I submit to over 400 literary journals a year, which means I spend a lot of time exploring that world as well. I also receive hundreds of emails every year about publishing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are all the trends that I have noticed developing over the last year. Some I hope will stop, others I hope will continue.
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1. The Euphoria of Self-Publishing is Wearing Off
2. Independent Publishers Are Becoming More Likely To Be Closed to Unsolicited Submissions
3. Digital First Imprints are Increasing
4. More Literary Journals Are Charging Reading Fees
5. Anthologies Are Starting to Charge Reading Fees
6. No Time For Rejections
7. Print Journals: Rarer and Rarer
8. Forums are the New Watchdog sites