Jul 082012

Writer/publisher Bob Mayer says a farewell to arms in the publishing wars and advises writer foot soldiers to do the same and return to their laptops. Why? There’s demand for stories. As Mayer puts it: “… the really successful people in publishing right now are the ones who make the most money off of any war:  the ones who work behind the scenes and supply both sides with needed supplies.  The most critical supply needed in publishing is content.”

Agent Jenny Bent offers the second installment in her blog series on successful query letters.  No need for name-dropping, as it’s all about the writing, she says.

Editor/author Ruth Harris compiles 11 reasons writers get rejected and declares only three of them matter. (I missed this June 24th post on Anne R. Allen’s blog and am grateful for Allen’s archives.) 

Speaking of rejection, agent Janet Reid directs her blog’s readers to writer Jane Lebak’s post at QueryTracker about how we measure—or fail to measure—success.

Lebak’s post ties in with agent Rachelle Gardner’s recent piece about the ways writers give away power.

A healthy mindset helps a writer keep going in the absence of praise from strangers and other external motivators, says agent and author Lucienne Diver, who offers sanity-saving tips that don’t involve writing. (Pay attention to the parable about the woman with the barrel of apples.)

Thinking of hiring a developmental editor? Alan Rinzler, who is one, tells what to expect.

Last week, Industry News linked to the Wall Street Journal article that outlined what e-book retailers know about readers.  This week, IN links to e-book consultant Mike Shatzkin’s post that shows why publishers could/should work with retailers to put that information to use. (Especially since Amazon, as both e-publisher and e-retailer, can do so already.)

Nine independent publishers have joined together to object to proposed settlements in the DoJ’s suit alleging collusion among publishers to fix e-book prices. The independents are against a ban of agency-model pricing.

At Writer Unboxed, agent Donald Maass defines “inciting incident” and gives it a shove.

Porter Anderson’s latest Writing on the Ether post features Nancy J. Cohen on the publishing choices available today to writers, an explanation why libraries aren’t likely to get an influx of bestselling e-books to lend, and much more.

Give your writing a shove this week.  See you next Sunday.

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