New Combinations for Digital Fiction

genre fiction ebooks digital publishing Full Fathom FiveWith ebook growth flattening out, publishers “can’t afford not to think more creatively about how they acquire new content,” one independent publisher argues.

“Genre fiction in particular risks becoming a victim of its own success,” explains Samatha Streger, Director of Publishing at Full Fathom Five.

Standing out in an “over-saturated” market is no longer just a marketing and discovery challenge. It’s an editorial one, too.

Streger proposes five strategies geared to acquiring new content that can stand a shot at success in the especially tough digital market for genre fiction.


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