Amazon Hourly Sales Ranking

Amazon Is Now Ranking Authors Based On Overall Sales, And Updating That List Hourly

News by Rob Hart October 12, 2012
How much stock do you put in rankings? Because Amazon just found another metric for writers to distract themselves with.

Ask The Agent: Write What You Love or Write To A Certain Market? and More

Column by Bree Ogden October 1, 2012
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week's Ask the Agent will explore and dissect a few of the industry’s mysteries straight from the shoulder.

Ask The Agent: Answers To Some of The Gritty Details of The Business

Column by Bree Ogden
I received so many fantastic questions this week! I couldn’t decide on just a few, so I’ve decided to go ahead and answer several of them, given the answers are not as intensive as usual.

Good Sex, Great Prayers: A Journey in Publication (Part 1: Origins)

Column by Brandon Tietz August 8, 2012
In this first installment of the series, Brandon Tietz talks about the conception of his upcoming novel, 'Good Sex, Great Prayers,' and the subsequent proposal process.

Some Practical Writing Advice From Douglas Coupland

Column by Douglas Coupland August 3, 2012
The Bestselling author of "Generation X" and "Girlfriend In A Coma" gives some simple advice picked up during his 25 years as a writer.

Ask The Agent: What State Of Completion Does Your Manuscript Have To Be In When You Start Querying, Query Letter Word Count and More!

Column by Bree Ogden July 23, 2012
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent, I’ll explore and dissect two of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.

Ask The Agent: What Does "Researching An Agent" Really Entail and More.

Column by Bree Ogden July 9, 2012
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent, I’ll explore and dissect two of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.

YA Novels vs YA Comics

Column by Kelly Thompson June 22, 2012
A discussion of YA Comics and, why despite a glut of talent and smart books, they can't quite muster the sales and influence of their powerful cousins - YA Prose.

Ask The Lit Coach: The Difference Between Brand and Platform and Why Every Author Needs Both

Column by Erin Reel June 11, 2012
We know authors are supposed to have a platform, but what about a brand? The Lit Coach shares why every fiction author needs both to get noticed in today's crowded lit landscape.

Six Tough Truths About Self-Publishing (That The Advocates Never Seem To Talk About)

Column by Rob Hart May 31, 2012
Self-publishing advocates like to sing about the advantages of putting out your own work, without going to a publisher. And there are advantages. But it's not as easy as they make it sound.

Indie Press Spotlight: Two Dollar Radio

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky May 30, 2012
Wondering where all the good books have gone? Acquaint yourself with Two Dollar Radio, publishers of some of the most exciting fiction out there right now.
Novelists Need To Up Production In The Digital Age

Faster, Novelist! Write! Write!

News by Dave Reuss May 17, 2012
The digital age and market-minded publishers are forcing writers to bump up their production.
A New Book Buying Map

I'm Watching You Shop: Book Buying Around The World

News by Dave Reuss May 15, 2012
An online bookseller's new map gives a glimpse at book buying around the globe.
Amazon vs Starbucks

'After Friday Night Lights' Pulled from Amazon Following Starbucks-precipitated Price Drop

News by John Jarzemsky
Byliner has pulled copies of "After Friday Night Lights" from Amazon after a Starbucks promo lowered the kindle edition of the book to $0.00.
Booksales up for 2012

Shockingly Rosy Reports Show an Increase in Actual Booksales, in Actual Bookstores

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen March 28, 2012
eBooks? Please. According to new market reports, people are still buying actual books--and kind of a lot of them. Who said publishing was dead?
France Considers A Tax On Amazon

France Considers A Tax On Amazon To Protect Indie Bookstores

News by Rob Hart March 22, 2012
The French Ministry of Culture is proposing a tax on digital stores like Amazon--with plans to pass the money to smaller, struggling companies, like indie bookstores.
home depot To Stop Selling Books

Home Depot, Literary Magnate, To Stop Selling Books

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen March 8, 2012
Home Depot delivered a crushing blow to the publishing world this week: they will no longer be selling books in their stores, meaning home repair enthusiasts may be driven into actual libraries.
Random House Raises eBook Prices

Random House Raises eBook Prices

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen March 2, 2012
Libraries can't seem to catch a break when it comes to eBooks. Yesterday, Random House's new prices took effect--which means big increases for cash-strapped libraries.

Ask The Lit Coach: "Should I Submit Queries To Publishers If My First Novel Isn't Finished?" and More

Column by Erin Reel February 21, 2012
The path to publication and creative focus are the topics this week on Ask The Lit Coach.
amanda knox sells her story

Amanda Knox Has Sold Her Story For More Money Than You'll Ever Make

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen February 16, 2012
After being acquitted of murder and being played by Hayden Panettiere, what else is left for Amanda Knox to do but get on with her life? Oh right. Sell the rights to her story for $4 million.
Publishers Wage War Against Book Pirates

17 Publishers Join Forces To Wage War Against Book Pirates

News by Rob Hart February 16, 2012
A coalition of 17 publishers shut down two websites based in Ireland for piracy, one of which was offering 400,000 pirated eBooks for free.
Amazon's Retail Store

Amazon Is Opening An Actual, Real-Life Brick-and-Mortar Store

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen February 6, 2012
No longer content with putting real stores out of business as an online-only company, it seems Amazon has decided to spring for the overhead and open an actual store. Could it be true?

Ask The Lit Coach: "Is It Possible To Sell A Novel On Three Sample Chapters?"

Column by Erin Reel February 6, 2012
Is it possible to sell a novel on three sample chapters? Is it possible to earn an advance to pay for a year of living expenses? Find out in Issue 9 of Ask The Lit Coach.
European eBook "Consortium"

Spanish Analysis Firm Proposes European eBook "Consortium"

News by John Jarzemsky
Javier Celaya proposes that European publishers band together to fight Amazon.

The Girlie Show: Are Literary Women Finally Getting The Recognition They Deserve?

Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen February 3, 2012
In 2010, a series of infographics reminded the literary and publishing world how male-dominated the industry is. Does the success of books written by and featuring females in 2011 change all that?