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?

Don't Write Comics: How To Write Comics Part 3

Column by Kelly Thompson August 14, 2012
The 3rd in a series about writing for comics & graphic novels. Part 3 continues to explore what you'll need for a professional comics pitch and details finding the right artist for your project.
Author Larry McMurtry Downsizes Used Bookstore in Archer City

Author Larry McMurtry Downsizes Used Bookstore in Archer City

News by John Jarzemsky August 13, 2012
Author Larry McMurtry is auctioning off nearly two thirds of his used and rare books collection housed in his Archer City business, Booked Up.
News, Publishing, Music, Beck

Beck To Publish His Next Album With McSweeney's... Wait, What?

News by Rob Hart August 9, 2012
Beck will publish his next album with McSweeney's. It'll have booklets, lyrics and sheet music--but you need to play the songs yourself.

Good Sex, Great Prayers: A Journey in Publication (Part 1: Origins)

Column by Brandon Tietz August 8, 2012
In this first installment of the series, Brandon Tietz talks about the conception of his upcoming novel, 'Good Sex, Great Prayers,' and the subsequent proposal process.

Some Practical Writing Advice From Douglas Coupland

Column by Douglas Coupland August 3, 2012
The Bestselling author of "Generation X" and "Girlfriend In A Coma" gives some simple advice picked up during his 25 years as a writer.

Is Kickstarter A Viable Tool For Writers?

Column by Rob Hart July 31, 2012
Artists, musicians and writers are turning to Kickstarter to crowdfund the creation of their projects. Does it work?
DOJ Responds To Comments On eBook Pricing Fixing Lawsuit

DOJ Responds To Comments On eBook Price Fixing Lawsuit

News by Rob Hart July 24, 2012
The U.S. Department of Justice has been soliciting comments on its eBook price fixing lawsuit--and the agency has issued its response to said comments.

Ask The Agent: What State Of Completion Does Your Manuscript Have To Be In When You Start Querying, Query Letter Word Count and More!

Column by Bree Ogden July 23, 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.

Your Publisher Has Folded...Now What?

Column by Brandon Tietz July 12, 2012
Book deals are signed all the time, but what do you do when your publishing contract is cancelled? LitReactor examines such a case.

Don't Write Comics: How To Write Comics Part 2

Column by Kelly Thompson July 11, 2012
The 2nd in a series about writing for comics & graphic novels. Part 2 details what you'll need for a professional comics pitch, formatting and technical details, and how to actually write your comic.

Ask The Agent: What Does "Researching An Agent" Really Entail and More.

Column by Bree Ogden July 9, 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.

The Long & Winding Road: Part VI - What Happens When Your Book Doesn't Sell

Column by Kelly Thompson July 5, 2012
The final installment in a series chronicling my experiences with my first novel, including securing an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 6 details what happens when you don't sell.

Fifty Shades of Pay: A Failed Attempt To Get Rich By Writing Erotica

Column by Jack Joslin June 28, 2012
Should we give E.L. James a little more credit? A hands-on attempt at mimicking her success by erotica...
Men Still Dominate Bylines And Book Titles

Battle Of The Sexes: Men Still Dominate Bylines And Book Titles

News by Dave Reuss June 27, 2012
A new study shows women still held back when it comes to writing and publishing.

The Long & Winding Road: Part V - Submitting to Publishers

Column by Kelly Thompson June 25, 2012
Part 5 in a series chronicling my experiences with my first novel, including securing an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 5 details submitting to publishers.

YA Novels vs YA Comics

Column by Kelly Thompson June 22, 2012
A discussion of YA Comics and, why despite a glut of talent and smart books, they can't quite muster the sales and influence of their powerful cousins - YA Prose.