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Category Archives: Publishing Business

Edgar Allan Poe, a father to many of today’s writers

Edgar Allan Poe would have turned 200 years old in January had he been blessed with exceeding longevity. The event has proved a boon for anything Poe. Publishing houses have lit the candles in hopes of a Poe revival. Well, they didn’t need to strike a match for me to come to the table. I…

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Internet Tools for Writers: What’s your IP Quotient? Assessing your Internet presence

This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersSocial networking has changed the way writers present a public face and they must now consider their IP quotient or Internet presence when engaged in online activities. Writers, many who are by nature introverted and wary of any crowd numbering more than…

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Internet Tools for Writers: JacketFlap networks people in the children’s book industry

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersSocial networking is here to stay. So if you’re among the thousands of writers who have not made an attempt to tickle any social networks such as MySpace, Facebook or Twitter, it’s time. Anyone remotely connected with the children’s book industry should…

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Publishing News: B&N expects “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” preorders to top one million

In case you have absolutely nothing to think about this weekend, ponder these Harry Potter numbers. James Covert at the Wall Street Journal reported that Barnes and Noble “had already received more than 500,000 preorders” for J.K. Rowling’s next book scheduled for release on July 21, 2007. Not only that, B&N expects the number to…

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Publishing News: Narrative Magazine expands in growth and content

Narrative Magazine, an online favorite of mine, is having one heck of a year. The readership has doubled, the magazine remains free, the contributors continue to be paid, the annual contest grows, and big things are afoot. The magazine now includes poetry, and Michael Wiegers, the executive editor of Cooper Canyon Press, has agreed to…

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Publishing News: Agents step into the Simon & Schuster fray

The Author’s Guild and its members are not the only ones citing the dangerous path Simon & Schuster (S&S) has chosen in changing their contract language concerning book rights and electronic warehousing. Jim Milliot at Publisher’s Weekly continues his chronicle adding the concern of a number of agents. Writer’s House Simon Lipskar calls it a…

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Publishing News: Simon & Schuster brings copyright issues to a boil

I received word today that publishing giant Simon & Schuster is now intent on extending their copyright control of an author’s work “in perpetuity.” This is a drastic shift and one I’ve been worried about for a number of years. Normally, traditional publishers—at least the decent ones—allow the author to re-gain the rights to a…

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Michael Crichton and NYT Book Review Editor on Sunday CSPAN2 Book TV

Quick. Grab your remote, click to the CSPAN2 channel and set your timer for these upcoming BOOK TV events. (The schedule will fill up over the next few days.) This Sunday, December 8th at 7:30PM, Michael Crichton’s speech to the National Press Club will be aired on C-SPAN. Crichton always delivers a provocative and interesting…

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O.J.’s If I Did It: An invitation, but to what?

You would think that as a society we would be weary of the OJ syndrome, but alas it seems we are not–or at least the media has not had its fill. The book isn’t even out yet and the media hours are racking up with its nonstop commentary. Worse, the bulk of it is a…

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Plan now: Make a book video and pull up to the Book Trailerpark

In the vein of if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, the book industry has finally embraced film with the introduction of the book video. “Book video?” you say? Yes. Now, in addition to coming up with a “high concept” idea, thinking cinematically in terms of story construction and visual appeal, and plotting to the…

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New York loves the National Book Awards

Lit-lovers gather in New York next week as the city celebrates National Book Award Week with a series of events leading up to the National Book Foundation’s 57th National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner. Under 35 and a budding novelist? You might enjoy the Under 35 event where the 2006 NBA finalists and winners attend…

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Book Standard highlights book videos and e-readers.

Today’s Book Standard E-Blast featured a story about book videos. Book videos? Don’t ask me. But if you want to know more, click here. I wonder if I should spend some time conjuring up a video for my teen books? And if you’ve heard a little buzz about a new e-book e-reader, read this piece,…

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DWP Guest Op-Ed: How Kaavya Viswanathan Got Rich, Got Set Up, and Got a Bloody Nose

(Today’s post is the result of a friend’s phone call, a friend who doesn’t have a blog but one who wants the full context of her opinions laid out in cyberspace. She had been contacted by the media for her take on the most recent controversy of plagerism rumbling through Publisher’s Row. The commentary below,…

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Hating self-published authors, or why announcing yourself as a “published author” can work against you.

Think you want to self-publish? Think again. Or at least give some consideration to your behavior before you make the plunge. Why? Because so many others before you have rutted the road and made it a bumpy, difficult ride. Definitely read Slushpile’s WHY PEOPLE HATE SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS and the ensuing dialogue. That way you’ll save…

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Your book is out, now what?

Once again Georganna over at the Writer’s-Edge culled a great site. Jack Yoest’s short piece taken from Publish and Peddle . . . or Perish provides a simple road map to success for the academic author but any author can use it to navigate through those early days of a newly-released work. If you’re not…

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