Publisher’s Weekly has released year 2009’s hardcover and paperback frontlist and backlist bestsellers.
Here’s a definition of backlist and frontlist from Google:
A backlist is a list of older books available from a publisher, as opposed to titles newly published, which is sometimes called the frontlist.
Three facts jumped at me as I read the list:
- Notice anything in the pictures I have included in this post? Every book (including those that don’t feature in the photos) in the top ten list has a dark cover (and a theme filled with doom and gloom), except for the two Wimpy Kid books.
Does that mean we are raising (by providing them these books as brain-fodder when they’re especially at the cusp of adulthood) a generation of possibly emotionally confused, dark-side worshipping humans?
Not so pleasant a thought, is it? But something we may need to mull over…
- The book industry needs more (especially older) boy books: Writers, take note! Many people in the publishing industry (editors, agents etc.) want to disprove the myth that ‘boys over a certain age do not read’.
I think that’s a laudable goal to work towards. As I look at agents’ submission requirements, I come across more and more of them saying: “I would like to see humorous books, especially for boys” or “Interested in graphic novels” or something to that effect.
- Unfortunately, there is no non-fiction book (not counting one about how a movie is made from a book) in the list.