In a special edition of The Nation, Steve Wasserman offers a history of Amazon and a look at the challenges it poses to traditional bookselling and to publishing. http://www.thenation.com/article/168125/amazon-effect (Thanks to mystery writer Diane Capri for the link.)
Federal judge Denny Chin granted class status to authors protesting Google Inc’s scanning of books under copyright in order to create the world’s largest digital library. At Writer Beware, Victoria Strauss provides a brief history of the suit the Authors Guild brought against Google five years ago. Google contends its actions fall under “fair use.” The Authors Guild says the scans create new editions. Read more here.
Last week, Industry News linked to digital-book expert Mike Shatzkin’s letter to the DoJ. Today, we link to indie author Joe Konrath’s letter.
New agent alert: Chuck Sambuchino at Writers Digest introduces Rachel Ekstrom of Irene Goodman Literary Agency. Good news: Ekstrom is looking for women’s fiction. (Thanks to Laura Drake for the link.)
Agent Rachelle Gardner looks at what’s covered by a publishing contract.
At Glass Cases, agent Sarah LaPolla takes on the question “Why do so many bad books get published while so many good ones get rejected?” The short answer? Those “bad” books have the power to connect with an audience.
THE WRITING LIFE
Author Beth Revis responds to a negative review with wisdom and grace.
A writer’s “homework” is never done, but Nathan Bransford reminds that balance is important.
Author Barry Eisler and editor Alan Rinzler offer writing tips.
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