Random House-Penguin Merger Approved

EU Comission Approves Random House-Penguin Merger

News by Christopher Shultz
Following the U.S.'s suit, European anti-trust authorties green-lit the mega-deal. What countries will be next?
Medallion Press Acquires Anthology From Chuckpalahniuk.net

Medallion Press Acquires Anthology From ChuckPalahniuk.net

News by Rob Hart April 4, 2013
Medallion Press has acquired the anthology, edited by Palahniuk, Richard Thomas, and Dennis Widmyer. 'Burnt Tongues' will include an intro from Palahniuk and 20 awesome stories.

Ask The Agent: A Review of When to Query Agents

Column by Bree Ogden April 1, 2013
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 one of the biggest of the industry’s mysteries.

'Good Sex, Great Prayers': A Journey in Publication (Part 4: Spinning Plates)

Column by Brandon Tietz March 28, 2013
In this installment we'll examine the hardships of not meeting your deadline, how to stay relevant while you write, and promoting when you have nothing to promote.
Random House Signs 17 Year-Old Author

Random House Signs 17 Year-Old Welsh Student

News by Dean Fetzer March 25, 2013
Beth Reekles, a high school student from Newport, Wales has just signed a three book deal for her teen romances.

Notes from the Drunken Editor: The Poisonous Psychos of the Writing World

Column by Phil Jourdan March 19, 2013
Do you come across as a crazy person when you talk about writing? Here's a short guide to the personality types you don't want to exemplify when you step out of your writing space.
Amish Tripathi receives $1m advance

Epic Trilogy Wins Record Advance for Indian Novelist

News by Dean Fetzer
Believed to be the largest advance ever paid by an Indian publisher, Amish Tripathi, banker-turned-bestselling author, has received $1m for his series tapping into renewed interest in Hindu mythology.

Storyville: Top Ten Things Literary Journals Need to Do. NOW.

Column by Richard Thomas March 1, 2013
There needs to be a symbiosis between the journal and the author. Here are some ways that we can make that happen.

Author Beware: New Lit Mags

Column by Brandon Tietz February 26, 2013
New literary magazines may seem like a way to rustle up a quick publication to add to the resume, but you might just be wasting your story with empty credentials.
RSI helps achieve bestseller status

For $70,000 You Can Buy a Place on the Bestsellers List

News by Dean Fetzer February 25, 2013
According to Forbes, you can buy your way onto bestseller lists for as little as $70,000 by hiring marketing consultancy ResultSource.
Terry Deary is a jerk

Children's Author Terry Deary Says Libraries are Bleeding Writers and Publishers, Calls For Their End

News by Christopher Shultz February 15, 2013
The 'Horrible Histories' author thinks libraries have "had their day," and they should be laid to rest. Some questionable rhetoric follows.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 50th Ann

New 50th Anniversary Edition of ‘The Bell Jar’ Sparks Anger Over ‘Chick-Lit’ Cover

News by Dean Fetzer February 4, 2013
It’s been 50 years since the first publication of Sylvia Plath’s only book and the new cover has attracted wide-spread criticism.

‘Good Sex, Great Prayers’: A Journey in Publication (Part 3: Art & Stuff)

Column by Brandon Tietz January 31, 2013
In this third installment of the "Good Sex, Great Prayers" series, Brandon Tietz discusses the process of designing the novel and the common pitfalls beginning authors fall into.
Lance Armstrong Sued for ‘False Advertising’

Readers Sue Lance Armstrong and His Publisher for ‘False Advertising’

News by Dean Fetzer January 24, 2013
A group of Californians have filed a lawsuit against the cyclist and his publisher, claiming his “books should never have been sold as works of non-fiction”.

Adventures in Self-Publishing Part 6: Fare Thee Well

Column by Rob Hart January 23, 2013
This is my last column on self-publishing. Let's wrap it up, look back, have a good laugh, and stick a pin in this.

Notes from the Drunken Editor: You Are the Joke Here

Column by Phil Jourdan January 9, 2013
How to avoid being a pain in everyone's backside in the publishing industry, now with 200% more jokes!

Adventures in Self-Publishing Part 5: The Virtue of Patience, And Also Money

Column by Rob Hart December 27, 2012
I stop worrying about the immediate payoff and learn to love the long game.

Library Love: Five Copyright Essentials For The Writer’s Toolkit

Column by Stephanie Bonjack December 19, 2012
There has never been a better time to learn about the ownership and protection of your work.
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest

Amazon Announces 2013 Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

News by Christopher Shultz December 18, 2012
With bigger advances and more categories to choose from, Amazon hopes to make this their best contest yet.

Pubslush: A New Take On Crowdfunding For Authors

Column by Rob Hart December 18, 2012
Writers are turning to crowdfunding sites in droves to finance publishing projects. It was only a matter of time before someone built a site just for them. Welcome to Pubslush.
Rhonda Hughes

10 Questions with Rhonda Hughes

Interview by Suzy Vitello December 11, 2012
Since 2002, one of the brightest spots in Portland’s literary horizon has been Hawthorne Books, helmed by the talent magnet, Rhonda Hughes.
Lords of Salem

Rob Zombie to Release a Novel Next Year

News by Christopher Shultz December 11, 2012
The Man of 1,000 Avocations adds novelist to that list. Will the finished product hold up?
Random House gives employees 5k Bonus

Porn Does Pay - If You Work For Random House, Anyway

News by Dean Fetzer December 7, 2012
With 'Fifty Shades of Grey' sitting at the top of the bestseller list for 37 weeks, Random House has made a lot of money from the series - and they’re passing it on to their employees!