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.

The Long & Winding Road: Part 1- Writing The Novel

Column by Kelly Thompson March 8, 2012
The 1st in a series chronicling my experiences with my novel, including finding an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 1 details writing my novel and my first partial request from "ideal agent"
U.S. Justice Department Plans To Sue Apple

The U.S. Justice Department Is Readying A Lawsuit Over eBook Pricing

News by Rob Hart March 8, 2012
The U.S. Justice Department is preparing to sue Apple and five of the Big Six publishers over eBook pricing, alleging collusion that is anti-consumer and anti-competitive.

Ask The Lit Coach: "Will A Publisher Take A Master Thesis Seriously?"

Column by Erin Reel March 5, 2012
How do agents and publishers feel about your Masters thesis? That is the subject of this week's Ask The Lit Coach.

Film is Truth? Why Writing Novels Is Probably A Smarter Career Move

Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen
Some of 2011's biggest blockbusters weren't originally written by film geeks, they were adaptations of novels. What does the success of 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' & 'The Hunger Games' teach us?
Patricia O'Brien pen name

What's In An Name? A Publishing Deal, Apparently

News by Rob Hart February 23, 2012
Patricia O'Brien couldn't sell her latest novel due to the performance of her previous book--so she adopted a pen name and the book sold in three days.
Kim Purcell gets book deal riding the subway

Looking For A Publishing Deal? Try Riding The NYC Subway System

News by Rob Hart February 17, 2012
Kim Purcell's book is being published because she was discussing it with a friend on the F train and an editor from Viking overheard the conversation. Anything that works!
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.
Penguin stops lending eBooks

Libraries Are Not Amused At Penguin's Decision To Stop Lending eBooks

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen February 10, 2012
Penguin recently decided to join the group of publishers who no longer allow libraries to stock their eBooks. Predictably, libraries and Kindle readers aren't pleased, and they're taking action.

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.