Sep 092012


While many in publishing were focused on Amazon’s Los Angeles-area press conference unveiling its new-generation Kindles, Manhattan federal judge Denise Cote approved the settlement between the Department of Justice and publishers Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins in the lawsuit alleging collusion to fix e-book prices. Dear Author‘s Jane Litte, a lawyer, offers insight into Cote’s decision.  The New York Times predicts the approved settlement will result an e-book price war, but Publishers Weekly thinks it’s unlikely.  (The non-settling defendants in the suit: Apple, Macmillan, and Penguin, will go to court in 2013.)

If you’re coming out from under a deadline and want to get up to speed on the DoJ’s suit, lawyer Don McGowan at Legal Minimum offers a study guide.

For a look at the DoJ case from the viewpoint of a British publishing insider, see The Guardian‘s interview with Victoria Barnsley, chief executive of HarperCollins UK. She’s bullish on e-books—and change.

Meanwhile, Jason Allen Ashlock of Movable Type Management found something of interest from Amazon that wasn’t Kindle-related. “The best news to my ears: Amazon’s getting into the serial novel business,” he says.  

In fact, Amazon’s getting into many things. Amazon Publishing bought 1,000 titles from defunct publisher Dorchester, and Amazon’s New York publisher imprint, headed by Larry Kirschbaum, inked a deal with Ingram’s digital distributing arm to make the imprint’s e-books available to retailer Amazon competitors such as Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Kobo.


As if writers didn’t have enough to worry about, those planning to self publish must fend off fake consultants.  See Galley Cat here and here.

Porter Anderson’s Writing on the Ether corrals opinions about fake reviews, what publishers do and don’t offer writers, and more. 

Writers who spam other writers on Facebook and Twitter come across as self-absorbed and, yes, fake. Kristen Lamb lists creepy online tactics to avoid.


If you rely on the kindness of strangers when self publishing, a fake consultant may be the least of your worries, according to Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Rusch offers a warning and advice for those considering self publishing. In a follow-up post, her readers, both traditionally published and self-published, share their experiences, and Rusch talks career preparation and strategy.


Hilary T. Smith, the blogger formerly known as The Intern, has a novel coming out next year and an exquisite understanding of the way deadlines–and the desire to communicate truth–send writers into exile from the real world.  

Smith also communicates the pleasure and pain of writing under contract.

Are you ready to be published? Penny Sansevieri lists seven signs you’ve got more work to do.

If you approach social media with a sense of duty or dread, Dan Blank suggests a change in attitude and cites Neil Gaiman and Susan Orlean as examples of writers who appear to enjoy online encounters with readers. “What is the distinction between someone who knows how to develop an audience vs someone who fails?” Blank asks. “A sense of unwanted obligation vs a feeling of desire to do so.”  Don’t miss his post’s last paragraph about how one’s legacy is built interaction by interaction.  Last week, I misspelled Blank’s name in Industry News.  He alerted me so kindly, I remember that interaction in a positive way.


There’s a reason why agent Rachelle Gardner’s blog posts appear frequently in Industry News: she thinks outside the box. Here are her ten not-publishing-related tips for becoming a better writer.

To show writers what agents and editors hope to see in manuscripts, agent Kate McKean goes to the movies.  

No writer likes to get a form rejection. Agent Suzie Townsend doesn’t like to send them but explains why she does. Heads up!  Through Thursday, September 13, follow the instructions in this post to query Townsend. If she rejects you, she’ll send a one-line explanation. (Make sure to follow the Rule of Non-Engagement explained in that post.)  Here, she lists what she’s looking for, and “upmarket and issue driven women’s fiction” makes the cut.

Hope you found something useful in this edition of Industry News. See you next Sunday.

  3 Responses to “Industry News-September 9”

  1. Thanks for the kind mention, and for the example through our own interaction last week!

  2. Pat, I always look forward to these posts! You rock at Mash-ups my friend! :)

  3. another great roundup of information on the web about our business. thanks Pat

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