Author Archives: Samantha Howard

Turning the Virtual Page: Virtual Reality and Traditional Publishing

When we first got Google’s virtual reality headset at my house, called the Google Daydream, I can’t say I was too excited. But then I tried it. I downloaded BBC’s The Turning Forest, grabbed the controller, and put on the headset. A man who sounded vaguely like Martin Freeman narrated a fairytale-like story that took…Continue Reading

International Bestsellers, January 2017

Every month, Publishing Trends runs fiction international bestsellers lists from four territories–France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. This month, our four regular territories are joined by two more: Holland and South Africa. Those books that have been published in English are listed with their official English-language title. All others are translated as literally as possible from the…Continue Reading

Digital Book World Asks: What Do the Readers and the Gatekeepers Want?

Digital Book World 2017 was revamped this year into four different tracks: Editorial Acquisitions and Development, Production and Distribution, Marketing and Sales, and Data Analysis and Reporting. While I spent most of my day in sessions on the Editorial Track, many of DBW’s day one sessions overall seemed geared toward finding out what people at…Continue Reading

International Bestsellers, December 2016

Every month, Publishing Trends runs fiction international bestsellers lists from four territories–France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. This month, our four regular territories are joined by two more: Brazil and Poland. Those books that have been published in English are listed with their official English-language title. All others are translated as literally as possible from the original….Continue Reading

International Bestsellers, November 2016

Every month, Publishing Trends runs fiction international bestsellers lists from four territories–France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. This month, our four regular territories are joined by two more: Canada and Hungary. Those books that have been published in English are listed with their official English-language title. All others are translated as literally as possible from the original….Continue Reading

International Bestsellers, October 2016

Every month, Publishing Trends runs fiction international bestsellers lists from four territories–France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. This month, our four regular territories are joined by two more: Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. Those books that have been published in English are listed with their official English-language title. All others are translated as literally as possible…Continue Reading

What Kids Want: Nielsen’s Children’s Book Summit 2016

Nielsen’s annual Children’s Book Summit took place on Oct 27th in Manhattan’s Financial District. With an overflow crowd in attendance, the daylong conference delivered information that went well beyond Nielsen’s own data and analytics. The day was filled with stats and information from a range of speakers on what kids are reading, what devices they’re using, and—to the surprise…Continue Reading

International Bestsellers, September 2016

Every month, Publishing Trends runs fiction international bestsellers lists from four territories–France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. This month, our four regular territories are joined by two more: Australia and China. Those books that have been published in English are listed with their official English-language title. All others are translated as literally as possible from the original….Continue Reading

In Case You Missed It…PT Picks: The Visitors by Simon Sylvester

PT Picks: The Visitors by Simon Sylvester (Melville House, 2015) From Samantha: I really enjoy reading mysteries, and I really enjoy reading books with a supernatural or mystical element. The twain do not often meet, but they did in The Visitors by Simon Sylvester. This book combines the two effortlessly, making for a great beginning-of-fall…Continue Reading

International Bestsellers, August 2016

Every month, Publishing Trends runs fiction international bestsellers lists from four territories–France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. This month, our four regular territories are joined by two more: Norway and Turkey. Those books that have been published in English are listed with their official English-language title. All others are translated as literally as possible from the original….Continue Reading