Few authors give thanks for Simon & Schuster’s decision to team up with Author Solutions and form Archway Publishing, a separate house geared to self publishing. In Writing on the Ether, Porter Anderson collects reactions to the S&S announcement and links to posts about it, including those by Victoria Strauss and David Gaughran. Ether also links to Mike Shatzkin’s recent post ruminating on potential benefits of the Random House Penguin merger. This edition of Ether is a must-read.
At NetMinds, Tim Sanders decodes publishers’ algorithm for book-advance offers. This is another must-read article. (Thanks to Laura Drake for the link.)
Amazon will expand its original publishing venture (Amazon Publishing) to Europe and reorganize its Seattle and New York offices.
When a publishing merger is announced, authors tend to worry about themselves and fellow writers. Now we’re told we should feel for literary agents.
Jane Friedman offers a new, once-a-month round-up of business advice for writers.
Agent Janet Kobobel Grant warns there’s no room for author missteps in publishing today.
Another NaNoWriMo came and went. Is your just-written first draft salvageable? Charlie Jane Anders suggests you review it with ten particular questions in mind.
Want to submit a manuscript to one of Random House’s digital-only imprints? Media Bistro links to the submission guidelines.
Writer Sarah McCoy says the relationship with a literary agent is akin to marriage. Bonus: Her article in The Millions includes testimonials from RWA-WF members Kristina McMorris and Marilyn Brant.
With writing, there’s always room for improvement, says developmental editor Alan Rinzler, who compiles opinions and tips from bestselling authors and looks at the early work of legendary writers to prove his point.
Writer and publisher Bob Mayer continues his NaNoWriMo-inspired writing-tips series with a post about conflict as the fuel for a story.
Chuck Sambuchino advises that new agent Laura Biagi of Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency is looking for “literary fiction, magical realism, cultural themes, and debut authors.”
Twitter is popular with people in publishing, and GalleyCat provides networking advice for writers who tweet. (Thanks to Laura Drake for the link.)
Want to increase traffic to your author website? Jane Friedman offers ten tips.
When traveling over the river and through the woods this holiday season, we’ll hear “Are we there yet?” many, many times. Children’s book author Danielle Davis compares kids’ impatience with car trips with writers’ eagerness to finish revisions. The magic, she says, is in the journey–or process.
May you find writing magic this month. Industry News will return December 16.