While the traditional advance/royalty model is the least risky for authors, its open to only a limited few within a limited framework. Publishers are buying books that they can sell to bookstore buyers and distribution partners. The benefit of digital reseller market is that the filter is not the bookstore buyer or the distribution buyer because there is no artificial limitation set physical boundaries. The digital bookshelf is infinite and endless.
Candace Sams continues her notoriety tour by making the Guardian blog. “When Authors Attack” is the headline. Sams has since deleted her posts, but we do have screenshots for posterity sake. If you haven’t had your fill of Amazon review… more
MediaBistro held an ebook summit for the past few days and there were some interesting tidbits released. One of the overriding themes of the summit was that the $9.99 price point was not sustainable. One panel suggested that ads were… more
I have no idea the contractual terms under which Stephen Covey made his publishing deal with Simon & Schuster but apparently it is allowing him to sell his digital rights to Rosetta Books in a deal that will make two… more
Heather is having a huge science fiction romance book giveaway. 12 bloggers teamed up with 17 authors to give away over 30 books. It’s called the SFR Holiday Blitz and visitors have until Friday midnight to enter. ***** News Corp… more
Explicit sex is hard to write well and even if you do write it well, it means you are just packaging up pornography for women. Also, bla bla bla, romance books are killing romance bla bla bla. All according to… more
With the book industry suffering from the recession despite the seemingly erroneous claims that books are recession proof, it’s with little dismay that I look to the one part of the industry that is actually experiencing growth. It is, of… more
I heard that things at Grand Central Publishing wasn’t so good. Authors have left the Warner Forever line (Julie Ann Long, Michelle Rowen to name a couple), there was the big Stephenie Meyer leak, and now it’s COO is leaving… more
A small print publisher is putting out a pro Obama book called, Obama’s Challenge by Robert Kuttner. It’s initial print run is available only via Amazon. This exclusivity angered other booksellers including Barnes and Noble who had originally ordered 10,000… more
Jessica Faust, agent, put together a short little publishing dictionary with definitions for everything from “advance” and “auction” to “slush pile” and “world rights”. It’s a great little list to provide some insight to those who aren’t on the inside.
Sramana Mitra writes in a recent article that an Amazon Monopoly that eliminates the editors, agents, distributors, and everyone else that stands between Amazon and the customer (other than the author) can actually improve publishing and increase the monetary benefit… more
I missed this story completely. Must have been the crazy Amazon thing that made me pass over this. Gawker Media, the owner of several blogs such as the science fiction/fantasy blog io9 and one of my favorite tech blogs: Gizmodo,… more
There was a Publishers Weekly alert about Robert S. Miller, former head of Hyperion, moving to HarperCollins to create a new “publishing studio.” I ignored it because it didn’t seem very interesting but three authors emailed me the story this… more
Publishers Weekly published a list of 15 trends to watch for in 2008 by “industry guru” Mike Shatzkin. I have something to say about all of these predictions, but no time to do so right now. Alot of the trends… more
This Publishers’ Weekly article made my stomach churn. In my agent interview series, I’ve asked the agents whether they think it is a detriment to be a woman in the publishing industry. Most have answered no, but the glum fact… more