If Industry News were drama-free, it would be about an industry other than publishing. Yes, there’s conflict in this post, but I think you’ll find less than usual, and the focus is on writers and issues of interest to us.
E-book originals make sense in the digital age, but agent and publisher Richard Curtis wants writers to know they’ll pay a price in smaller or nonexistent advances and not-generous royalties.
The digital age also empowers writers. Jon Fine, director of author and publisher relations at Amazon details three ways writers and publishers can make sure they maximize book sales on Amazon. (Thanks to mystery writer Diane Capri for the link.)
In a related post, author Nathan Bransford points out the way we discover books has changed.
Writer and blogger Anne Allen introduces whistle blower Lila Moore who lists popular scams with writers as targets.
Agent Rachelle Gardner resolves to stop telling writers to manage their expectations. She now favors dreaming big.
Chuck Wendig snags a dream interview subject: writer Margaret Atwood.
In the latest edition of Writing on the Ether, Porter Anderson recaps information from the StoryWorld Conference + Expo and highlights a Mike Shatzkin post on the growing power of e-book platforms. There’s lots more, including the offer of a free author-platform-building webinar from Dan Blank.
At the Writer Beware site, Nicola Morgan alerts writers to the value of a good pitch and query letter and provides guidelines and examples.
How does a developmental edit differ from a copy edit? Agent Rachelle Gardner defines content, line, and copy edits.
Planning to self-publish? At Nail Your Novel, writer/editor Roz Morris suggests which professionals to call in and when and offers an overall schedule.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch returns with part three of her thoughtful, wide-ranging series, “Why Writers Disappear.”
Last week, a link in Rusch’s post took readers to Dean Wesley Smith’s post on author promotion. (He’s not a fan.) This week, he has a follow-up. (He hasn’t changed his mind.)
It’s easy to bash the big six publishers for not showing the agility of small houses, but let’s salute positive change when it happens. This holiday season, Random House will speed up its shipment of books ordered by indie booksellers. How fast will front- and backlist books ship? According to a report in Shelf Awareness, they’ll be out the door the day after the order is received and transit time won’t be more than two days.
Sales in romance and women’s fiction doubled in September 2012 compared to September 2011 according to a Publishers Marketplace report that appears in RT Book Reviews.
And now, because I’d hate for you to aggravate your sinuses while raking leaves, here’s a safer way to procrastinate from writing–a flowchart that tells you how to publish a book. Yes, it’s the secret handshake–plus wine box! (Thanks to Laura Drake for the link—and the laugh.)
Hope you write more than you rake this week. See you next Sunday.