May 202012
 

This week’s Industry News opens with a legal twist and ends with tips for conference-goers. In between, there’s plenty of publishing and writing information, so click on many links or just a couple.

PUBLISHING

The Department of Justice lawsuit + that brought by 29 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico versus Apple, Macmillan and Penguin appears more legal-thriller-like by the day. Certainly, the release of previously redacted information qualifies as a  twist.  At paidContent, Laura Hazard Owen lists the now-public information, including an email from Steve Jobs.

Jane Litte of Dear Author explains why the new information matters and why the DoJ and states are focused on “windowing.” Don’t overlook the chart of publisher quotes culled by two university professors.

It’s essential publishers sell ebooks directly to customers but roadblocks remain, says e-book expert Mike Shatzkin, who contends publishers need databases of buyers, direct-to-consumer marketing skills–and the ability to set the price for their products. Shatzkin doesn’t take aim at the current DoJ suit. Instead, he suggests publishers set prices by offering content that’s not available to resellers.

Do writers who pen a book a year qualify as slackers? Are short stories the hot, new appetizer of the moment?

Last week, Industry News posted a link to Ann Voss Peterson’s farewell to Harlequin. This week, we link to a post by agent Steve Laube who says comparing traditional publishing to indie publishing is like comparing apples to oranges.  

Writer Susan Squires turns to self-publishing after almost twelve years with a traditional publisher. Her story isn’t new, but the checklists she supplies will help those struggling with a similar decision.

Agent Janet Kobobel Grant of Books & Such Literary Agency contends publishers, agents, and writers have their backs to the wall and, as a result, each group is testy. She calls for better understanding of changing roles and civility all ’round.

WRITING

Did you hear that word echo? Agent and author Deidre Knight offers advice to keep writers from repeating themselves.

Agent Rachelle Gardner tallies up the Bad Habits of Successful Writers.

If you think Triberr and Pinterest are travel sites, read this post by writer Lisa Hall-Wilson.

Mystery writer Elizabeth Craig tweets, blogs, keeps up with Facebook, and writes for three different lines. She credits time-management skills with helping her make the most of social media–while meeting her page count.

At LitStack, TS Tate interviews agent Jim McCarthy of DGLM about queries, and McCarthy doesn’t waffle. “A lot of fiction is sunk by the fact that people start at the beginning of what they know of the characters, not necessarily the beginning of the actual story.”

Stop nagging friends to buy your novel and read Jane Friedman’s book-marketing advice.

What matters to you, bestseller status or sufficient income to write the next book? Author/publisher Bob Mayer talks money versus lists at Stacy Green’s blog.

Before you head to your first—or fifteenth—writer’s conference, read Julie Glover’s tips for maximizing the experience

Let’s maximize our writing time this week.  See you next Sunday.

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