Analyzing a Short Fiction Publishing Contract

Column by Jessica Meddows November 18, 2013
Great news — you've had your story accepted for publication! This column outlines what you can expect to see in a short fiction contract and what it means.
‘Day One’ - A New Literary Journnal for Kindle by Amazon

‘Day One’ - A New Literary Journal for Kindle by Amazon

News by Dean Fetzer October 31, 2013
The publishing arm of the retail giant has just launched a new weekly digital publication aimed at U.S. Customers that is “dedicated to short fiction and poetry”.
New Study “Suggests Creative Industries Don’t Gain From Copyright Enforcement”

New Study “Suggests Creative Industries Don’t Gain From Copyright Enforcement”

News by Dean Fetzer
A new policy brief from the UK’s London School of Economics suggests little is being gained by efforts to enforce copyright — in fact, online piracy “could bring more benefit than harm”.
“Publishers think teenagers don't want to read about sex”  - Darren Shan

“Publishers Think Teenagers Don't Want to Read About Sex”

News by Dean Fetzer September 30, 2013
Darren Shan, author of the ‘Zom-B’ series and ‘Cirque du Freak’, says publishers of YA fiction think gory violence is fine, but sex is a no-no, particularly for teenage boys. Huh?!?

Five More Legal Issues All Writers Need To Be Aware Of: Rights, Royalties, Negotiating and more

Column by Jessica Meddows September 20, 2013
This month, we’re going to focus on legal issues you should be aware of from the publishing side – rights, royalties, editing, nasty clauses and negotiation for authors.

5 Other Things You Shouldn't Say to Authors

Column by Brandon Tietz September 13, 2013
Our list of things you shouldn't say to authors extends in this second installment.

How Not To Treat Your Editor

Column by Ed Sikov September 12, 2013
Several editors tell their favorite Author Horror Stories. They're harrowing - and humiliating for us.
Trestle Press

Trestle Press Ordered To Pay $750,000 In Damages

News by Christopher Shultz August 23, 2013
That graphics-stealing publisher we told you about? Well, they're in some hot water…
Wish List

GalleyCat Compiles Manuscript Wish Lists From Numerous Agents

News by Christopher Shultz August 22, 2013
Twitter provides a direct window into literary agents' MS desires, and GalleyCat cuts out the middleman.

How NOT to Get an Agent (And What to Do After You Get One)

Column by Ed Sikov August 21, 2013
A handy guide to getting and keeping an agent.
‘Today’ Starts Book Club — Publishers “Giddy”

‘Today’ Starts Book Club — Publishers Giddy

News by Dean Fetzer
In what looks like a bid to become the next Oprah book club, the morning program on NBC has introduced a monthly book segment which has publishers all over-excited.

Storyville: Ten Tips for Successfully Publishing Your Stories

Column by Richard Thomas August 8, 2013
Here are ten tips for successfully publishing your stories.

5 Things You Shouldn't Say to Authors

Column by Brandon Tietz July 30, 2013
Five faux pas you should avoid while speaking with an author. Hey, we don't walk into where you work and say your job looks easy.

8 Predictions On the Future of Digital Publishing

Column by Robbie Blair July 17, 2013
Some of my own predictions on what digital publishing will look like over the next couple of decades.
Amazon Publishing Has First Million-Copy Hit

‘Hangman’s Daughter’ Series Sells Over a Million Copies for Amazon Publishing

News by Dean Fetzer
Amazon’s publishing venture gets its first million-copy seller with the popular three-volume series.

Questions Every Writer Should Be Asking But Isn't

Column by Erin Reel June 10, 2013
Ten questions emerging writers frequently ask but shouldn't. Important questions writers aren't asking but should.
Pig in Wheelchair Lands 3-Book Deal

Three-Book Deal for Handicapped Pig Chris P. Bacon

News by Dean Fetzer June 7, 2013
The pig saved by a big-hearted veterinarian and became an instant YouTube sensation has just signed a book deal to "teach children about compassion, acceptance, and loving your imperfections".
Protest Library in Gezi Park, Turkey

Turkish Publishing Houses Donate Books to Library in Gezi Park

News by Dean Fetzer June 6, 2013
Amidst the current unrest in Turkey, publishers have grouped together to contribute to a protest ‘library’ which has been established in Istanbul’s Gezi Park.
Korean Rights to Murakami’s Latest A Record-setting $1.5 Million

New Haruki Murakami Novel Sets Record for Advance in Korea - $1.5 Million!

News by Dean Fetzer June 3, 2013
After a fierce battle, Minumsa, a Korean publisher, has won the rights to his new novel, ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage’.

Storyville: Tips on Putting Together a Short Story Collection

Column by Richard Thomas June 3, 2013
Are you ready to put together a short story collection? Here are some tips to help you make it shine.

'Good Sex, Great Prayers': A Journey in Publication (Part 5: Editing and Beta Reading)

Column by Brandon Tietz
The first draft of the novel is now complete. So what's next?
Amazon's 'Kindle Worlds' Fan Fiction

New Amazon Publishing Platform - 'Kindle Worlds' - for Fan Fiction

News by Dean Fetzer May 28, 2013
The online giant has come up with a new way to make money: publish all that fan fiction out there — under license of course.
Dan Brown "Inferno" Bunker

Translators for Dan Brown's New Novel Work in a Secret Bunker

News by Christopher Shultz May 2, 2013
The Da Vinci Code author's latest work is shrouded in mystery. There's a reason for that.
James Patterson Calls for Government Bailout of Publishing Industry

James Patterson Calls for Government Bailout of Publishing Industry

News by Dean Fetzer April 25, 2013
In two high-profile ads this week, the bestselling author has called for a government intervention in the decline of the book trade.

Republishing A Lost American Classic or Why I Love My Job

Column by Rob Hart April 16, 2013
James Ross published one book in 1940. It's credited as creating the rural noir genre, but is mostly unknown. Today it gets a new lease on life.