What do I mean 2017 is coming to an end? It’s only August 3rd, 2016. I’m talking about my 2017 publishing schedule. It’s full. I have two offers to make, and I am pretty confident I will get a yes from both authors, so yeah, my work is done.
Oh sorry. I hope my insane, maniacal laughter didn’t startle you. Of course my work isn’t done. It never is. And I might still acquire a couple more titles for Fall. But if I wanted to, I could say I have closed the catalog and instead of focusing on acquisitions, I can spend some time on developmental edits, cover research, planning for Halloween, prepping my liver for Bouchercon, etc.
Anyway, here are the current stats:
Right now I am standing at 37 books for 2017. I had 2 books cancelled.
- 6 dark
- 7 light
- 2 debuts (true debuts)
- 4 dark
- 8 soft
- 2 debuts (one true debut, one new to MI)
- 4 dark
- 9 light
- 4 debuts (2 true debuts, two new to MI)
I do try to balance my catalog between soft and dark. But this year it hasn’t quite turned out that way. I’m not sure why that is. I can still add some darker books to the Fall 2017 and shift a couple lighter ones to Winter 2018. It depends on what I read next and fall in love with. Any agents out there to who happen upon this (hi Josh!) I am looking for some suspense – domestic suspense, romantic suspense, psychological suspense. Personally I don’t like a lot of kids in jeopardy books, but if it’s done well, I can get over that.
If I look ahead to 2018, I have 14 contracted books and I have 13 series that we will have to evaluate to determine if we will continue to publish them. If I stick with 37 books next year, that means that if we continue all our series, I only need 10 new books for 2018. Publishing is such a crazy business!