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.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Files For Bankruptcy

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Files For Bankruptcy

News by Kimberly Turner
Boston-based publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after striking a deal earlier this month to restructure $3.1 billion in debt into equity.

The Long & Winding Road: Part III – Talking To Agents

Column by Kelly Thompson May 21, 2012
The third in a series chronicling my experiences with my novel, including finding an agent and submitting to publishers. Part III details my experience with two agents interested in my novel.

Are Audiobooks Preparing to Overtake Ebooks?

Column by Joe Daly May 17, 2012
While lit snobs pontificate the primacy of tree meat or eBooks, the once-peaceful world of audiobooks has devolved into an all-out street brawl between producers, publishers and authors.
Warner Brothers To Release Script eBooks

Warner Brothers Prepping To Release Scripts As eBooks

News by Rob Hart May 1, 2012
Warner Brothers will take four of its most iconic films and release the scripts as eBooks. They'll be bundled with supplemental material and retail for $10 a pop.
Dog from 'The Artist' Signs Book Deal

The Dog from 'The Artist' Signs Deal, Proves Publishing Truly in the Dog House

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen April 30, 2012
What do Snooki, that lady who wrote '50 Shades Of Grey,' and the dog from 'The Artist' all have in common? Oh, just that they're going to be published authors soon.
USPS poetry stamps

Postal Service Does Adorable/Esoteric Thing, Makes Forever Stamps In Honor Of Poets

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen April 26, 2012
If anyone can understand the plight of the US Postal Service, who are being edged out by more efficient digital tools, it's people in publishing. Which is probably why they're pandering to lit nerds.
Tor/Forge To Ditch DRM On eBooks

Tor/Forge To Ditch DRM On eBooks

News by Rob Hart April 24, 2012
The publisher behind Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape and Tor Teen--imprints of Macmillan--will stop applying DRM to its eBooks.
Amazon to re-release James Bond novels

Amazon Scores Huge Coup; Procures Rights To Entire James Bond Series

News by Rob Hart April 18, 2012
Amazon's Thomas & Mercer imprint will re-release the classic spy series in eBook and physical formats, with a deal that covers the next ten years.
the DOJ's lawsuit continues

The Fallout Continues: DOJ Lawsuit Means Amazon Will Slash eBook Prices; States Sue For Restitution

News by Rob Hart April 12, 2012
Amazon is preparing to slash eBook prices so it can sell more Kindles and lock in customers. Meanwhile, state attorneys general are looking for restitution on overpriced eBooks.

The Long & Winding Road: Part II - Revision Hell!

Column by Kelly Thompson April 12, 2012
Part 2 in a series chronicling my experiences with my novel, including finding an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 2 details revision hell, finding a writing group, and a renewed agent search.
Department of Justice will sue Apple

UPDATE: U.S. Department Of Justice Is Suing Apple And Publishers Over eBook Pricing

News by Rob Hart
Looks like settlement talks have collapsed--the Department of Justice is suing Apple and five of the Big Six publishers for colluding on eBook pricing, charging that the agency model is anti-consumer.
Fifty Shades of Grey parody

Publishing Has Devoured Itself: Author Signs Deal For A Parody Of 'Twilight' Knockoff, 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

News by Rob Hart April 3, 2012
Andrew Shaffer, the man behind the Emperor Franzen Twitter feed, has sold a parody of 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' titled 'Fifty Shames of Earl Grey.'
Kids getting self-publishing by parents

Want To Get Published? Have Your Parents Do It!

News by Rob Hart
The newest trend in self-publishing: Parents are publishing their kids' books, leading some to wonder whether that's fostering a false sense of accomplishment.
Charlie Kaufman Inks Book Deal

Charlie Kaufman Has a Book Deal, Will Probably Explode Your Face With It

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen March 29, 2012
If screenwriter Charlie Kaufman hasn't challenged your perceptions of reality enough with films like 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,' his freshly-inked book deal promises to finish the job.

A What-to-Do and What-Not-To-Do List for Agents

Column by Erin Reel March 28, 2012
Writers have had an earful of advice about how to lure an agent. But what about advice for literary agents? Former agent Erin Reel shares six ways agents can present their best selves to writers.
Terrible Mom Dara-Lynn Weiss

Terrible Mom Scores Book Deal By Being Terrible

News by Rob Hart March 27, 2012
Manhattan socialite Dara-Lynn Weiss is getting excoriated in the press for a 'Vogue' article detailing how she humiliated and starved her daughter into losing weight. So of course she got a book deal.
Ex-Goldman Sachs Executive Book Deal

Ex-Goldman Sachs Executive in Talks for Book Deal

News by John Jarzemsky
Greg Smith, who resigned from financial giant Goldman Sachs before publicly blasting the firm, is in talks with major publishers for a book deal.
$70,000 Worth Of Marijuana Mailed To St. Martin's Press

The Mysterious Case Of The $70,000 Worth Of Marijuana Someone Mailed To St. Martin's Press

News by Rob Hart March 21, 2012
Someone tried to mail 11 pounds of marijuana to a fictional employee at St. Martin's Press. No one seems to know why.
Apple's Big Trouble in Big China

Apple's Big Trouble in Big China

News by John Jarzemsky March 20, 2012
Apple is being sued by a group of Chinese authors claiming the company illegally published their work in the iTunes store without compensation.
 Is Amazon Killing Literature

Friday Discussion: Is Amazon Killing Literature By Selling Tons Of Books?

News by Rob Hart March 16, 2012
J.A. Konrath and Barry Eisler dissect the Authors Guild response to the Justice Department's proposed eBooks lawsuit. It is very interesting.
Sales Of Kindle Singles Pass 2 Million

Sales Of Kindle Singles Pass 2 Million

News by Rob Hart
Amazon's Kindle Singles program has moved 2 million units in 14 months, raising the question of whether we should be impressed.

Storyville: How to Get An Agent

Column by Richard Thomas March 13, 2012
The brutal truth about trying to land an agent.
Fifty Shades of Grey

Hottest Book In The World Is Erotic 'Mommy Porn' Novel That Started As Twilight Fan-Fic

News by Rob Hart March 12, 2012
'Mommy Porn' indie FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is the latest out-of-nowhere runaway bestseller.
Gerald Marshall selling books out of prison

Death Row Inmate Under Investigation for Selling Books from Prison

News by John Jarzemsky March 9, 2012
Gerald Marshall, convicted of killing a man in 2003, is being investigated for selling books out of his prison cell.