Update on ICRS
I’ve spent the last several days at ICRS in Denver and like most everyone who attended, I’m exhausted! It’s just like any event where you’re “on” non-stop for 13 hours a day. While it can be a blast, it wears you out!
I’ll spend the next few days compiling my notes from all my meetings and starting my follow up. A few of the projects I’m representing seemed to be pretty popular with the editors so I’m really excited about that. Hopefully I’ll be able to share news of some sales soon!
I had my eye out for trends and was asking editors what they really wanted in new projects. A few things I noticed:
– In fiction, regardless of genre, almost every editor told me they’re looking for strong female protagonists. This is particularly true in historical and historical romance. No wimpy women!
– Also in fiction, they seem to want characters in interesting locations and unique occupations that will add to the story.
– In non-fiction, the platform issue is important to all publishers but they don’t all treat it the same. Some look at platform as the primary consideration; others are more willing to consider an author with a beginning platform if they have a terrific concept and great writing.
– In fiction and non-fiction, many publishers are actively looking to publish more “fresh voices” which means new authors.
– It looks like the CBA is finally opening up to more memoir (catching up with the general market). I had great response to a couple of the memoirs I’m representing, which makes me really happy because I love memoir!
– While the ICRS show (like BEA) is shrinking, the atmosphere seemed really positive across the board. All the publishers I met with are eager to see new projects. While they seem to be acquiring slightly fewer projects than, say, two years ago, they’re still excited about whatever’s next.
Sorry, this is so boring, I’m writing this at the end of four days straight and I’m bleary-eyed! I may do another post of the state of the industry (next week) if I think of some things I missed. Right now, I’m glad it’s over and can’t wait to dive in to my follow-up.