Hot! Novelists, Inc, a writing group for those published in popular fiction, has made A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO THE NEW WORLD OF PUBLISHING available to non-members at no charge via download here. This 166-page compilation features information about social media, e-publishing, promotion, and more from Ninc’s late-2011 conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Agent Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency, has worked in publishing for twenty years. In a blog post entitled “My, How Things Have Changed: Jenny weighs in on industry changes good and bad,” she details changes for the better and worse and notes what has remained the same.
At e-reads, literary agent Richard Curtis writes that publishing is at a juncture, “For the First Time in History, Print Is Optional. Now What?” Curtis doesn’t foresee the end of print books but is a print-on-demand advocate.
Books-A-Million and Indigo Books & Music have announced they won’t carry Amazon Publishing titles in their stores. Since Barnes & Noble had announced an identical ban days earlier, the shut-out of Amazon Publishing now extends to three North American chains, according to Shelf Awareness. (Scroll down to the fourth item from the top.)
Digital-book consultant Mike Shatzkin is neither surprised Amazon wanted display and shelf space for its titles in brick-and-mortar stores nor taken aback that B&N, BAM, and Indigo have blocked the move. He compares recent events to moves in a chess game—and gives all the players points for strategy.
Penguin has ended its on-going contract with OverDrive and, for the time being, will not allow additional e-books to be lent in libraries. According to Laura Hazard Owen of paidContent, OverDrive’s relationship with Amazon triggered the decision. Apparently, library e-book borrowers with Kindles used to be directed by OverDrive to Amazon in order to complete the borrow, a loop-de-loop that would have given Amazon insight into which Penguin titles were most popular. In related news, PublishersLunch makes it clear Penguin wants its e-book titles in libraries and is on the look-out for a library-lending partner to replace OverDrive, providing Amazon is kept outside the circle.
Today, writers must promote themselves and their books. Social-media expert Kristen Lamb advises writers to boost their profiles via blogging and commenting on blogs. In a separate post that bookends the above, she offers tips to bloggers on boosting likability.
Writer Chuck Wendig doesn’t promise to boost anyone’s likability, but he knows what writers fret about at four in the morning. Here’s his occasionally profane list of reasons why writers are nutzo. Your Industry News columnist grapples with number 19.
Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Writing.