The Year of Female Empowerment: 2017 Book Expo Show Report

The Year of Female Empowerment: 2017 Book Expo Show Report By Shel Horowitz, Editor, Down to Business Publishing has a long cycle. It’s certainly possible to rush a book into print to capture some hot news trend—think about the rash of instant books out just weeks after Princess Diana’s fatal accident, and that was before we had all this cool technology to make things so much faster. And some houses, such as Morgan James, shift some preproduction functions (especially editing) to the author, allowing a much faster cycle once the manuscript is accepted. But typically, it takes at least six and as much as 18 months between the author’s submission of a final manuscript. And that’s probably why, for the most part, this year’s Book Expo not only didn’t address the surprise election results, but seemed to be rooted in the assumption that the US would have its first woman president. Which is why I call this year’s show “The Year of Female Empowerment.” Dozens of books for adults and children, fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, touched on the empowerment of women and girls—but the contracts for these spring and fall 2017 releases would have been signed in 2015 or pre-election 2016. Some of these may have been published in response to Trump’s misogyny but seek to broaden their audience by not calling him out on the cover. Others were...

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