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.

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?

The Path To Publication Part 2: Preparing For Battle

Column by Rob Hart February 2, 2012
Last month I discussed my decision to seek an agent to represent me and my novel. Now it's time to talk about something that's actually useful--namely, how to find an agent.
Scary Stories 30th Anniversary Cencorship

Back in MY Day Our Horror Books Scared the Bejeesus Out of Us

News by John Jarzemsky February 2, 2012
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,' publisher HarperCollins is pulling all the incredible artwork. What gives?
Trestle Press accused of stealing images

Digital Publisher Trestle Press Dinged For Stealing Cover Art

News by Rob Hart February 1, 2012
Trestle Press, an indie digital publisher, has been caught stealing artwork for covers--and even though they've apologized, it appears the damage is done.
Barnes and Noble to Amazon: F You

Barnes and Noble to Amazon: F You

News by John Jarzemsky February 1, 2012
Barnes and Noble have decided not to stock Amazon published books on store shelves.
Publishing Industry Afraid Of A Future Without Barnes & Noble

Publishing Industry Afraid Of A Future Without Barnes & Noble

News by Rob Hart January 30, 2012
The big publishing houses are watching Barnes & Noble with crossed-fingers--if the big-box bookseller falls victim to Amazon, it could mean bad things for the publishing industry.
Washington, D.C. most literate city in US

Washington, D.C. Ranked Most Literate City In The United States

News by Rob Hart January 26, 2012
Of the 10 most literate cities in the United States, the nation's capital sits at the top--but New York City, the heart of the publishing industry, doesn't make the list?
NBC Universal launches publishing arm

NBC Throws Its Hat Into the Publishing Ring

News by John Jarzemsky
Media conglomerate NBC Universal announces the launch of their ePublishing branch, NBC Publishing.
Teens Think eBooks Are Lame

Study: Teens Think Your eBooks Are Lame, Prefer Actual Books

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen January 24, 2012
Teens: who knows what they'll do next? Apparently, what they won't do is read eBooks. Unlike younger kids, most teens are already jaded on the new technology, and prefer their words on paper. Twist!
SOPA Shutdown Day

Why You Should Care That Today Is SOPA Shutdown Day

News by Rob Hart January 18, 2012
Websites like Wikipedia are blacking out today to protest SOPA, a bill meant to stop piracy that is supported by the publishing industry, but carries the potential for widespread abuse.

Storyville: Research and Duotrope

Column by Richard Thomas January 17, 2012
An in-depth analysis of, one of the best websites for submitting and tracking your writing.

Can't Everyone In The Publishing Industry Just Get Along?

Column by Rob Hart January 16, 2012
We spend a lot of time arguing over what's better--print vs. eBooks, traditional vs. self-publishing, indies vs. Amazon--but can't we just agree that both sides have their benefits?

The Lure of Celebrity: Why Literary Agents Represent Stars (And Not You)

Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen January 16, 2012
Every time a celebrity gets a book deal, hundreds of unrepresented writers die a little inside. Why is it so easy for Amanda Knox to get a book deal, but you can't get signed to save your life?
Authors earning big on Kindle Lending Library

Royalties For Authors In The Kindle Lending Library Up 449 Percent

News by Rob Hart January 13, 2012
Authors who are participating in the Kindle Lending Library are seeing increased royalty payments, from a fund Amazon put aside to compensate them.

The Path To Publication Part 1: Delusions of Grandeur

Column by Rob Hart January 12, 2012
This is the first installment of a monthly column that will follow the trials of trying to publish my first novel. Part 1 is about letting go and choosing the right path.