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Trends for 2023 publishing in Canada (response from ChatGPT)

The staff here at Seven Stars Over Publishing Ltd. are interested, impressed and intrigued by the capabilities of OpenAI’s ChatGPT. As an illustration, we gave it the following request:

What are the 2023 trends for the publishing industry in Canada, with a maximum of 500 words?

Its response ( 522 words) follows:

“As the publishing industry in Canada continues to evolve and adapt to changes in technology and consumer behavior, several trends are expected to shape the industry in 2023. In this essay, we will explore some of the key trends that are likely to impact the publishing industry in Canada over the next year.

1. Increased Emphasis on Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion have been important topics of discussion in the publishing industry in recent years, and this trend is expected to continue in 2023. Publishers are likely to place a greater emphasis on publishing books by authors from underrepresented groups and featuring diverse characters in their books. This trend is driven by a growing awareness of the need for diverse representation in literature and the desire to make the industry more inclusive for all.

2. Greater Emphasis on Sustainability

Sustainability is another trend that is expected to shape the publishing industry in 2023. With the increasing concern about the environmental impact of the publishing industry, more publishers are likely to adopt sustainable practices, such as using eco-friendly paper, reducing waste, and minimizing carbon emissions. This trend is driven by the growing awareness of the need to protect the environment and the desire to create a more sustainable industry.

3. Continued Growth of Digital Publishing

Digital publishing has been on the rise for several years, and this trend is expected to continue in 2023. More readers are choosing to read books on digital devices, such as e-readers and smartphones, and this has led to an increase in digital book sales. Publishers are likely to invest more in digital publishing and explore new ways to reach readers through digital channels. This trend is driven by the increasing popularity of digital reading and the need for publishers to adapt to changing consumer behavior.

4. Rise of Audiobooks

Audiobooks have become increasingly popular in recent years, and this trend is expected to continue in 2023. More readers are choosing to listen to books while commuting, exercising, or doing household chores, and this has led to an increase in audiobook sales. Publishers are likely to invest more in audiobook production and explore new ways to reach readers through audio channels. This trend is driven by the convenience and accessibility of audiobooks, which make it easier for readers to enjoy books on-the-go.

5. Continued Focus on Independent and Small Presses

Independent and small presses have become an important part of the publishing industry in Canada, and this trend is expected to continue in 2023. More readers are seeking out books from smaller publishers, which often focus on niche topics and genres. These publishers are also more likely to take risks on new and emerging authors, which can lead to the discovery of new voices and perspectives. This trend is driven by the desire for greater diversity and a more varied literary landscape.

In conclusion, the publishing industry in Canada is expected to undergo several changes in 2023, with a greater emphasis on diversity, sustainability, digital publishing, audiobooks, and independent and small presses. Publishers that are able to adapt to these trends are likely to succeed and thrive in the years to come.”

Thanks ChatGPT, for the well written and interesting prediction of 2023 trends in publishing!

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The books are being printed this week (20-24 Feb, 2023)!

The new novel by J.A. Secker, Emily Jayne and the Kairos Codex, is at First Choice Books and Victoria Bindery in Victoria, BC, and being printed this week (20-24 Feb, 2023)! The first edition of this novel will consist of 100 paperback copies and an electronic (eBook) version.

Emily Jayne and the Kairos Codex is a speculative middle-grade science-fiction novel set in a Milky Way galaxy that is filled with intelligent extraterrestrial life. This novel has strong and smart female characters in lead roles, who like science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). (It has strong and smart male characters too!)

The heroine, 11-year-old Emily Jayne Hutchings, and her cousin Sarah spiller, need help from their friends (Lazar, Samuel and Cindy) and from Emily Jayne’s dog, Rex, to escape evil time travelling aliens and find the one extraterrestrial species that can help them.

Emily Jayne and the Kairos Codex is the first book in the Fellowship of the Timeless series.