Publishing in The Time of War

Column by Erin Reel December 6, 2012
The publishing industry is at war and writers can either choose to get caught in No Man's Land or secure their spot on the battlefield.

Notes from the Drunken Editor: Forging Your Own Independence

Column by Phil Jourdan December 5, 2012
How self-sufficient should a writer be in the publishing world, and how can writers develop that independence? Before getting a publisher drunk and asking him to spill his secrets, read this.
Authors Reclaim Book Rights

Publishers Face Turbulent 2013 if Authors Reclaim Book Rights

News by Dean Fetzer
From January, authors can start using the 1978 Copyright Act against publishers to reclaim the rights to their work - and it could benefit some very famous ones.
Gillian Flynn Signs New Two-Book Deal

Literary Darling Gillian Flynn Signs New Two-Book Deal

News by Christopher Shultz November 16, 2012
The 'Gone Girl' author has more surprises up her sleeve, though we may have to wait awhile to see them.

Ask the Agent: Wooing Agents, Focus, and More

Column by Bree Ogden November 12, 2012
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 two of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.
Reflected in You - Sylvia Day

New Erotic Novel Sells 100,000 Copies in First Week

News by Dean Fetzer November 6, 2012
An erotic novel in a similar vein to 'Fifty Shades of Grey' has stormed the bestseller charts in its first week.

Good Sex, Great Prayers: A Journey in Publication (Part 2: Writing the Novel)

Column by Brandon Tietz November 6, 2012
In this second installment of the series, Brandon Tietz talks about the writing process of his upcoming novel, 'Good Sex, Great Prayers.'

Ask The Agent: How to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch & The Low-Down on Agency Assistant Salaries

Column by Bree Ogden October 29, 2012
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 two of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.
Penguin and Random House Merge

Penguin and Random House Are Now One And The Same

News by Benoît Lelièvre October 29, 2012
It's official, Penguin and Random House have merged to create a new publishing superpower.
Margaret Atwood Naomi Alderman Zombie

Margaret Atwood, Naomi Alderman Collaborate on Serialized Zombie Tale

News by Dan Shewan October 25, 2012
Margaret Atwood and Naomi Alderman are working together to create 'The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home,' a collaborative story that is being serialized by Wattpad.

The 3 Most Popular Editorial Services and Do You Need Them?

Column by Erin Reel October 24, 2012
Writers have more professional support available to them now than ever before. Erin Reel, The Lit Coach, breaks down the 3 most popular editorial services, giving you the benefits, red flags and more.
Rachel Held Evans Vagina

Female Anatomy a Touchy Subject for Christian Bookstore, Claims Author

News by Dan Shewan October 19, 2012
Evangelical Christian author Rachel Held Evans claims her latest book will not be carried by a major Christian bookseller due to use of the word "vagina."
Johnny Depp Launches Book Imprint

Johnny Depp Launches His Own Book Imprint

News by Kimberly Turner October 17, 2012
Johnny Depp has partnered with HarperCollins to launch his own book imprint. A Bob Dylan bio and an unpublished novel by folk singer Woody Guthrie are the first titles announced.
'Shakedown' by James Ellroy

Digital Publisher Releases New eNovella by James Ellroy, 'Shakedown'

News by Rob Hart October 10, 2012
Byliner, a publisher focused on original fiction and nonfiction written to be "read in a single sitting," has just released a digital-only novella by one of the masters of crime fiction.
"The Silent History", The eBook That Makes You Travel

The Silent History: The eBook That Makes You Travel

News by Benoît Lelièvre October 10, 2012
A new eBook is proposing a new, revolutionary way to read and experience literature. "The Silent History" is the novel that makes you travel.
Lena Dunham Seeking 1 Million For 1st Book

UPDATE: SOLD! Lena Dunham Is Seeking One Million Dollars For Her First Book

News by Benoît Lelièvre October 9, 2012
The creator and star of HBO's hit show "Girls" is shopping her first manuscript. The asking price? Just one million dollars.
J.K. Rowling's New Novel Posts Huge Sales

J.K. Rowling's New Novel Posts Huge Sales, No One Surprised

News by Rob Hart October 5, 2012
In its first six days on the market, 'The Casual Vacancy' has sold 375,000 copies, between print and digital.
Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Penny Marshall

Barnes & Noble Stores Start Stocking Amazon Books, Company Shuts That Right Down

News by Rob Hart October 3, 2012
Barnes & Noble stores, which are given leeway in what they can and can't stock, were ordering copies of books published by Amazon--prompting company executives to ask branches to pull the books.
Carolrhoda Books, Lerner Publishing Group, News, Poisoned Pen Press, Publishing

Two Publishers Seeking YA Submissions

News by Kimberly Turner
Vampires, dragons, and Hamlet? No. Awkward sex? Yes. The Poisoned Pencil and Carolrhoda Books are soliciting finished YA manuscripts. What they want might surprise you...

Ask The Agent: Answers To Some of The Gritty Details of The Business

Column by Bree Ogden
I received so many fantastic questions this week! I couldn’t decide on just a few, so I’ve decided to go ahead and answer several of them, given the answers are not as intensive as usual.
Kiana Davenport picked up by Amazon

Author Terminated By Penguin Over Contract Breach Picked Up By Amazon

News by Rob Hart September 11, 2012
Penguin terminated a contract with author Kiana Davenport because she self-published a collection of short stories. Cue Amazon, offering a contract much more to her liking.

Don't Write Comics: How To Write Comics Part 4

Column by Kelly Thompson September 6, 2012
The final installment in a series about writing for comics & graphic novels. Part 4 discusses writer/artist agreements, and writer/artist collaboration.
Publishers Agree To $69 Million Settlement In Price Fixing Scandal

Three Publishers Agree To $69 Million Settlement In eBook Price Fixing Scandal

News by Rob Hart August 30, 2012
Three publishers named in the eBook price fixing lawsuits will settle for $69 million--money that will go back to eBook buyers in the form of refunds. Tiny, tiny refunds.
Amazon Steps Up Publishing Game, Kobo Throws In With Indie Bookstores

Amazon Steps Up Its Publishing Game While Kobo Throws In With Indie Bookstores

News by Rob Hart August 30, 2012
Amazon will make its eBooks available to sites like Kobo and Barnes & Noble. Meanwhile, Kobo will partner with indie bookstores to sell eBooks--will they succeed where Google failed?