Writing on the Wall

Grim news for some publishers, some writers in the Nielsen BookScan figures for 2014 – those wishing to keep print books afloat in a growing ebook tide, at least. Sales of printed books are continuing to decline and none worse than adult fiction, which led the way downwards with a fall of 7.8% in numbers and 5.3% in revenue. Hardback adult fiction sales fell by 11.6%, though the Nielsen research director said this was “really more migration to ebooks rather than real decline.”

We’ll see.

What was interesting was the fact that while fantasy, horror, romance, eroticism, crime and all the usually successful genres of adult fiction were floundering, just three areas showed movement in the opposite direction – short stories, graphic novels and westerns.

Westerns!

Perhaps,while continuing to ignore those voices suggesting a return for Charlie Resnick or Frank Elder, I should think seriously about ploughing further back into my writing past and consider reincarnations of Wes Hart …

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Jared Hawk …

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or Jedediah Herne?

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3 thoughts on “Writing on the Wall

  1. Oh, please do! In the 42 years I worked in libraries this is an area that needed more authors. It was hard to help the men who came in to the library to find a western title that they hadn’t read ten times. And just as hard to convince them to try another area. Very few women read the Western genre, though, and they have a lot of reading power. I’m sure if there was a Mystery/Western genre we’d be all over it. So, I’m saying we could use more Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch westerns. Hasn’t hurt Parker. 😉

  2. Well, yes. But not from writing westerns. 😉 So, not to worry. He wrote the first four Virgil/Everett’s. Robert Knott wrote the rest. And let’s not forget Elmore Leonard.

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