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Blue Moon Novel Competition Winners

A bright full moon in a jar

Join us in congratulating the winners for our Blue Moon Novel Competition!

First Prize:

Provenance is by Sue Mell. https://www.suemellwrites.com/

Second Prize:

Gravity Hill is by Susanne Davis.http://susannedavis.com/

Third Prize:

The Cyclone Release is by Bruce Overby. http://www.bruceoverby.com/


And don’t forget we still have two competitions open for submissions. Read about them at https://madvillepublishing.com/submit

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The state of the publishing industry–2021

The state of the publishing industry in 2021

Curious to hear a comprehensive analysis of the state of the publishing industry, I attended a ZOOM webinar this week put on by Ingram entitled: How has Covid-19 impacted the Book Industry? There was a lot of optimism. Here are the key points I took away from the meeting:

  • Book sales are up right across the spectrum by 6%, and a whopping 29% for Q1 2021 over Q1 2020 in the US. Global book sales reflect similar upticks. Basically, we’ve seen the market grow five years-worth in a year, with books finishing in the top five in retail sales.
  • The categories that saw the greatest increases are, 1) Juvenile fiction, 2) Fiction, and 3) Juvenile nonfiction.
  • Also of note, buys are interested in new formats, as well as titles that dealt with the state of the world today.
  • They report that the way orders come in changed dramatically due to the lack of face-to-face events. However Ingram’s ability to fill customer orders through drop shipping met a need, and eased issues with shipping in general. (On a global level, think Brexit. UK to EU shipping was particularly interesting, but thanks to Ingram’s multiple manufacturing plants throughout Europe, they were able to sidestep this border-crossing problem.)
  •  Digital sales rose 17%, and with the biggest rise in academic sales which were up 120%. There was also heavy interest form Libraries.
  • Audiobooks have taken off, not just through ACX (Audible), but across platforms. Here again there was spike in the demand for Children’s titles.
  • Don’t write off the print marked, however, because it also grew in 2020.
  • Microtrends spotlighted included African American titles and civil discourse, for example. So, as a publisher, we do need to have our finger on the pulse, and consider bring books to market faster.
  • Social Media usage is on the rise, with the average user spending 2 ½ hours per day online, and buying things they discover there, and there was a 50% increase in book-related searches on Google and Amazon. And of people surveyed 40-60% of consumers report they expect to continue this new shopping behavior post-COVID
  • Even brick-and-mortar sales are starting to return to pre-pandemic levels.
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Find us at #AWP21

#AWP21 Conference & Bookfair March 3-7, 2021
#AWP21 is virtual this year, and since we want to see you, we put together this guide to help you can find us.

How to find Madville Publishing if you are attending #AWP21:

Once you have logged into the #AWP21 Conference & Bookfair, you should see the Lobby: (This point is a little confusing because the conference is actually taking place on a website that is different from the usual AWP website. We expect they’ll sort that out and make it very clear for you when you log in, but if they don’t, https://awp21.pathable.co this is the URL for the Conference. You’re going to have to do some trial and error to figure out where to actually log in.)Bookfair, Bookshop, and EventsClick the Bookfair icon, then search for “Madville” in the search window at top right.
In combination with our good friends at Kestrel, we will be hosting a

RECEPTION & READING

Thursday, March 4, from 6:30-7:45
(central standard time)

Join Madville Publishing and Kestrel, a Journal of Literature and Art, in a virtual reception. Bring your favorite drink and share the screen with recent contributors and authors.

Readers will be: Rick Campbell, Jeff Gundy, Cynthia Hogue, Marlene Olin, Keith Stahl, Wondra Chang, Jessica Temple, Lee Zacharias, Bonnie Jo Campbell, and Kim Addonizio.

To join the event: From the “Lobby,” click the EVENTS icon and search for Madville in the top right search window. The meeting will take place over Zoom.

To enter the Zoom meeting, click “Join Meeting” in this session page at the event’s start time. Should you need keyboard navigation of Zoom, please explore the keyboard shortcuts prior to the meeting. AWP’s Accessibility Guide for using Zoom can be found in the Files section of this event session. A URL to live-captions will be provided prior to the meeting start time.
Of course you’ll find us at the virtual bookfair

The Interactive Bookfair will be open throughout the conference. However, the schedule has been organized so that special hours have been set aside when nothing else is going on so attendees can focus on the bookfair. Those special times are: 

Thursday, March 4, 2:30-4 p.m. CST
Friday, March 5, 2:30-4 p.m. CST
Saturday, March 6, 2:30-5 p.m. CST 

 
Author Meet & GreetsThursday:
     Wondra Chang at 10-11 CST
     Jessica Temple at 1-2 CST
Friday:
     Lee Zacharias  at 12-1 CST
Saturday:
     Bonnie Jo Campbell at 12-1 CST.
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2 New Calls for Submissions

Madville's cow mascot, Beula Fay. She's a black and white Guernsey cow wearing a of giant yellow sunglasses.

We are launching two brand new calls for submissions at #AWP21

Click either of the posters, below, to be taken to the webpage for that competition. We won’t be accepting any submissions until March 4.
Arthur Smith Poetry Prize poster. Contest for a full-length poetry collection to be judged by Jesse Graves. Image shows a pen spilling a black ink background onto a page on which appear the submission guidelines.
Click poster to see larger image.
Muddy Backroads: Stories from off the beaten path - call for submissions flyer
Click image for larger version.

Both the Arthur Smith Poetry Prize and the Muddy Backroads: Stories From Off the Beaten Path submittable pages will become active on March 4, 2021… First day of #AWP21.

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Valentine’s Day Special: The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein

This Valentine’s Day, we are offering The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein at a special price!

The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein: The Last Promethean

Francis N. Stein is the last descendant of Dr. Frankenstein’s wretch. I bet you didn’t know that the “monster” procreated, did you? This current generation Stein (the family shortened the name for obvious reasons) is a big hearted guy, and he really wants to do good, for all the right reasons. He’s just too trusting, and others take advantage of him, leaving him with trouble always nipping at his heels.

$12.95 for the regular edition

$15.95 for a signed copy

Set in contemporary Colorado, The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein: The Last Promethean is a hell of a story about the last imagined descendant of Dr. Frankenstein’s wretch—the spurned monster. It offers struggle and pathos, pain and absolution, deception and deliverance. Reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s Shadow Moon from American Gods, Francis Stein is a slow thinking giant of a man who attracts attention wherever he goes. Stein seems cursed with bad luck, and trouble waits for him around every turn in spite of his good intentions.

A. Rooney, author of The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein

A. Rooney is an associate professor who teaches writing at Jindal Global University in Sonipat, India when not in Denver, Colorado. He has published a collection of stories, The Colorado Motet (Ghost Road Press) and a novella, Fall of the Rock Dove (Main Street Rag). His stories and poems have appeared in journals, magazines and websites all over the world. 


Mix Blue Velvet with a dash of True Romance, add some gothic and some noir, flavor with firebear and Pho—and enter the engaging, shifting, transforming, surreal vision of Francis, offspring of one of literature’s most famous creations . . .

Randall Watson, author of No Evil is Wide and The Geometry of Wishes


Rooney’s title character is a superb creation and, like Mary Shelley’s original, a compelling chronicler of life as a monstrous outsider, as terminally unique, “dependent on none and related to none” (to borrow Shelley’s phrase). Yet, driven by the police and other would-be destroyers high into the Colorado Rockies, Francis Stein manages to forge tenuous friendships: fragile connections with others that offer the possibility of redemption, of a second chance, of learning what it means to be genuinely human. Sharply written, with flashes of dark comedy and lyric evocations of the 21st-century American West, 
The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein gives us a beautiful monster for our time and place—as Shelley did for hers.

—Thomas H. Schmid, author of Fools of Time

The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein: The Last Promethean is a story of struggle and pathos, pain and absolution, deception and deliverance.  . . . [It] is an inherently fascinating novel about the last descendant of Dr. Frankenstein’s wretched creature, the spurned monster who ultimately turned upon his creator. [This is] An inherently riveting read from cover to cover, . . . a compelling novel that reflects the author’s genuine flair for originality and narrative driven storytelling. Doing full justice to the literary legacy of Mary Shelley’s FrankensteinThe Autobiography of Francis N. Stein: The Last Promethean is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community library collections and the personal reading lists of all dedicated Frankenstein fans.

—Micah Andrew, The Midwest Book Review