Dec 302012

As the year draws to a close, the crystal balls appear. We start with a round-up of publishing-related predictions:

Jeremy Greenfield interviewed publishing insiders to compile ten predictions for e-books and digital publishing.

For Forbes, Greenfield lists his three personal predictions for book publishing.

Smashworks’ founder Mark Coker offers a whopping 21 predictions for publishing in 2013 from the perspective, naturally, of a business that serves self-pubbed writers. (Thanks to Laura Drake for the link.)

According to The Guardian, digital publishing in Great Britain will follow the pattern set in the U.S.

Social-media expert Kristen Lamb takes aim at traditional- and self-publishing with her predictions for 2013.

Since 2006, writer Joe Konrath has penned resolutions rather than predictions. For his 2013 resolutions, click and scroll down.  (Thanks to CC MacKenzie for the link.)

Digital-book consultant Mike Shatzkin considers two recently announced joint ventures: one between Simon & Schuster and Author Solutions and the other between Random House and Publisher’s Lunch. 

To clear the decks for its merger with Random House, Penguin has agreed to a settlement with the Department of Justice over alleged e-book price fixing.

The Penguin settlement leaves only Apple and publisher Macmillan to defend themselves against the DoJ’s lawsuit. In a holiday letter to Macmillan authors, illustrators, and agents, CEO John Sargent contends his company did nothing wrong and offers updates on the lawsuit, including the information that Macmillan decided voluntarily to enter into new agreements with retailers that are similar to those inked by settling parties to the lawsuit. He emphasizes that Macmillan is not in merger talks. Jane Litte at Dear Author was not made merry by Sargent’s holiday letter.

Make friends, not enemies on Goodreads by checking out GalleyCat‘s links to posts by Michael J. and Robin Sullivan that explain proper writer etiquette.

Writers can’t let their creativity be reined in by algorithms, fan expectations, or marketing strategies, says Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Bookstore closings leave a void. Where does one go to find a comfy chair, a cup of coffee, and a good read? According to the New York Times, public libraries may fill the gap.

At the Publishing Crawl blog, agent Joanna Volpe sifts among the site’s posts to compile a “best of” list–with links.

If you want to get published, you must do the work, says Jane Friedman, who offers a checklist of signs you’re close to snagging a publishing contract.

Porter Anderson’s December 20 edition of Writing on the Ether looks at self-publishing, along with other industry topics. His December 27 edition considers Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media’s contention that literary fiction doesn’t deserve special protection.

Every once in a while, I nag urge readers to bookmark a particular blog. Today, I point you toward The Passive Voice.

May your resolutions for 2013 come to pass. Happy New Year!


  One Response to “Industry News-December 30”

  1. Pat – thank you so much for a year of spot-on comments and references. I look forward to your column every single week and can only imagine how much time this takes you to compile. Your efforts are very much appreciated – as is your sense of humor :)

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