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Weekly Write-Up: 3rd June 2020


Welcome to the SPF Weekly Write-Up, where each Wednesday we collect together the self-publishing news of the week so you don’t have to.

A short one this week: a potential influx of delayed traditionally published books.

Delayed Release Dates

Many entertainment industries have been hit hard by coronavirus and, like those of films and video games, the publishing industry has been forced to delay many of the titles originally scheduled for release in March, April and May. Despite periods of lockdown and social isolation being ideal sales periods for all three formats, with no distribution channels (i.e. theatres and brick-and-mortar stores) in place it’s difficult to deliver those products to the publisher’s audience.

All completely understandable, of course. But that could lead to a problem: a surge of delayed titles all coming out at the exact same time come the autumn. That’s a problem for the publishers, however – I’m sure readers will be more than happy for something new to scroll their eyes over.

For those who wish to learn more about the impact of delayed release dates in the traditional publishing industry, click here.

Tom Ashford

Tom Ashford

Tom Ashford is a professional copywriter, author of numerous dark fantasy and sci-fi novels, and the Head of Content at the Self Publishing Formula Blog. His books include the Blackwater trilogy and the Checking Out series.

He lives in London with his wife, in an apartment that doesn’t allow pets. Find out more about Tom here.