The Mayans will not be making any predictions for the year 2013.
Whew! This is good news for the rest of us, because now we can make a few of our own.
Disclaimer: I did not use a calendar, an Oreo-cookie, or consult a Grumpy Cat for any of these predictions. These are merely based on cursory observations and personal opinions. I do however regularly review all Cat-in-the-Hat sources as well as Shel Silverstein, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and now The Hobbit. Occasionally I rely on the influence of my 5-year old, or a glass of red wine (the 5-year old is much more potent). And I regularly stare for long periods of time into a cup of coffee (it may not even be mine, it may be someone else’s, but I do practice this daily). I may or may not have been heavily influenced by these sources, but will give them no credit whatsoever if I am right on any of these predictions. As well, I will most likely blame them or someone else, or perhaps make up some ridiculous story about my whereabouts or personal safety and well-being if any of these are wrong.
With that in mind, below are thirteen (13) predictions for the Year 2013 for my writer / publisher friends.
By the way, I was going to make two-thousand thirteen (2013) predictions, thus increasing my chances for predictions that came true, however I was short by like 2 or 3. So instead of doing 2011 or 2010 (which would be sooo 2011 or sooo 2010), I decided to narrow it down to 13. Not great odds, but MUCH easier to type out!
Here are 13 Predictions for Writers and Publishers to Consider For The Year 2013 (and these are in no particular order):
13. Coffee or chocolate will remain a chief component of most people’s lives…especially writers! Coffee and/or chocolate will probably be responsible for increasing the tension for many battle scenes and/or love scenes, or at least providing necessary fuel for authors to complete a scene they’ve been working on for days. For many authors, the combination of the two food groups (yes, they ARE food groups!) will likely be a realistic option.
Ok, so this one is kind of obvious, but it had to be included. I need at least ONE correct!
12. Dystopian literature will continue to grow, but MUST dig deep in order to remain a player.
Dark futures, consequences of war, disasters, and vile, creepy governments will certainly have a place on bookstore shelves and in the hands of readers everywhere. I believe this will grow disproportionately in the young adult section of books, but we will see it ooze to every age group on a larger scale.
Popular titles and films such as The Hunger Games have kicked a door wide open for a whole new generation (no, Dystopian literature is NOT new), but I don’t believe just re-writing the same story/different characters will suffice (not that it ever does…or should). The Dystopian slant is going to need to be uber-creative, come from angles that are unexpected, and be (more than ever) focused on strong characters.
11. Steampunk is going to explode!
Get it…explode! Ha! Pun intended… Oh, nevermind. Just…nevermind.
If you are unfamiliar with Steampunk. Get familiar. If you don’t like it, tough. If you do, dance for joy!
I don’t feel Hollywood is really going to get this right as much as writers, entertainers, musicians, and cosplayers will. In fact, these artists are already getting it right in so many ways, and 2013 will certainly give them a bigger platform to create with.
Steampunk is original, gritty, exciting, and spans so many different themes and genres, it’s hard not to get into it at some level. I’m looking forward to seeing what Steampunk amazes us with in the new year. Look for Steampunk novels everywhere you shop for books in 2013!
10. Zombies, Witches, and Superheroes will rule!
I’m just going to say it. These will be the big three in 2013. It’s not something that is just going to pop up, it’s already been brewing for many years. Vampires have ruled the nations for some time now, and though I don’t see them going away (vampires will always be with us), I do see Z’s, W’s, and SH’s taking front and center.
I’m pretty excited about this, and a lot of other people are as well. It will be considered a trend by many, but I personally believe this will shed a deeper commentary on our society as a whole that we will do well to pay attention to.
9. The last prediction was a bit of a lead-in to this one: Paranormal Romance will remain, but with less vampires and more of the stuff of #10.
I don’t see this as a bad thing either!
I will go so far as to say that Bullying will be THE issue of the year, and awareness of others such as eating disorders and cutting will be raised even higher again due to the intense focus on the issue of Bullying (and I am certainly not saying that anyone has diminished or attempted to lessen the focus on any other issue).
No issue such as this is any more or less important than the other. I have worked with teenagers and young adults my entire professional career (these issues touch every age group, not just youth), and seeing any of these present in the life of another human being breaks my heart.
7. Indie publishing, self publishing, and eBook publishing will continue to grow, but will also grow UP a lot more this year and will require deeper conversation in the publishing world overall.
I think a lot of indie publishers, self publishers, and eBook publishers were able to get away with certain things, to an extent, without a lot of long-term damage (such as poor or no editing, bad formatting, pricing issues, etc.). This will change significantly in 2013.
A lot of eyes are on the independent world and expectations will get a lot higher. From each the publisher, author, and reader perspectives. As well, I think authors in these categories are ready to go the distance and do what must be done in order to stand out and be taken seriously (not saying many aren’t already).
It is my belief that a lot of us feel big house, independents, self, and eBook publishers can coexist peacefully and actually be good for each other. In order for that to happen, though, the quality and attention to detail will have to resound across the board. If this happens, positive and exponential growth can happen for indies and self pubs (and the big houses will win too)! This will require important dialogue, understanding, and a tremendous amount of hard work.
6. Middle-grade literature grows exponentially!
And I am cheering for this one, folks!
5. A continued and heightened call for books geared toward male (especially youth) readership will echo across the land.
Recently I listened to someone on Twitter comment that there was a need for more books for boys, and for those about aliens. I thought this was very interesting, and true.
Regardless of subject matter, I believe boys DO want to read more and would like to have books that are geared toward them, their interests, their dilemmas, and so on.
I’m calling on authors everywhere to help make this happen!
4. Libraries are going to get hit hard.
I really, really, really hope I’m wrong on this one, and I’m going to do everything possible on my part to keep it from happening. However, with the ding-a-lingy stuff going on in politics and everything that entails and affects, I see libraries suffering even more. Financial support, programs, staffing, and probably just about every area a library needs to thrive.
I’ve had several conversations with librarians who say it’s already happening.
My opinion: this is unacceptable and libraries need our voice and help to be heard! I will continue to make weekly (multiple) library visits and support in ways that I can. I pray I’m wrong on this one if no other…would you pray and act with me?
eReaders are here to stay. Of that there should be no argument. Unfortunately, they are at war and will continue to develop against each other. I think this will cause some dilemmas with regards to pricing, formatting, loyalties, and royalties (among other things…but hey that sentence sure sounds cool :)).
I also believe that publishers, authors, AND readers will help this process and assist in providing some form of sanity and solutions to the issues. I’m not sure just how big of a problem this will be, but I think it will poke at us a bit more in 2013.
2. Big tech (Google, Amazon, Apple, etc.) will gobble up more Big House publishers, and even a lot of mid-sized and small-house publishers.
This year could show us a gobbling up of even small, independent publishers in order for the biggies to stake their claim in indie, self, and eBook pubs a bit more. If you think they’re satisfied with what they’ve got so far…think again!
1. Did I mention coffee, chocolate and the Mayans? Yeah, all three could spawn their own dance crazes by the end of 2013.
I don’t really care as long as you – Writer / Author / Artist / Friend – DON’T GIVE UP!
Dig deep. Get better. Love what you do and what you write!
Happy New Year!