Friday, November 29, 2013

Publishing Industry News

This week's publishing news covers 11/16 -11/29. Not too busy over the holiday. Hope you had a happy turkey day!

Publishing News:

Apple's trying the same argument in the States vs Apple price-fixing lawsuit as it used in the DOJ vs Apple price-fixing lawsuit: that fixing prices was good for competition. They're also trying to revoke the consumer class-action status to prevent a class action lawsuit.

In May, 2012, courts ruled that Georgia State Universities e-reserves were protected under fair use. However, in the appeals courts, things are looking less favorable towards GSU.

Random House is touching base with Pinterest, adding it to its website to help readers discover books.

Industry Blogs:

QueryTracker's Publishing Pulse for 11/22.

Also from QueryTracker, if you have an agent interested in book #3, but they didn't request books #1 or #2 (different series), should you mention those first two books? You can, but remember that you've probably grown as an author--check closely to make sure the books still represent your best work. And what is the Frankfurt Book Fair? It's geared towards publishers more than fans, very much about rights, and of course, takes place in Frankfurt, Germany.
What happens after you've published... and someone decides they have it out for you? Even if it's just giving you bad reviews, like it or not, when you're published people will be saying things about you, and some of the things will be cruel. Rachelle Gardner gives advice for when a writer becomes a target.

Agent Janet Reid answers questions: How do you sign a query for a story written by collaborating authors? Include both names. She also says be tenacious, and admits that yes, it does help to know people in the industry.

So you skillfully avoided the vanity publisher; now here's a "pay-to-play" radio show... Don't fall for those Global Talk Radio ads; according to Writer Beware they're not the deal you're looking for. Oh, and news for Writer Beware--it's now also endorsed by the Horror Writers Association in addition to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Mystery Writers of America.

Got writers' block? Here's a handy blog from i09 on ways to overcome it... looking at different types of writers' block, because let's face it, not all blocks are the same. And on the Editor's Blog, more ways to get the words flowing.

Did you know there's now a way to add a soundtrack to your e-book? Nathan Bransford posts about adding soundtracks.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch suggests authors who want a traditional publisher only for purposes of discoverability insist on 3 things in a contract: print deals, five-figure or higher advance, and a guarantee in the contract for a certain level of advertising. Otherwise there's no way to ensure the publisher will provide higher discoverability than authors can do themselves.

The Book Machine is a nifty idea--choose a book and print it, right there and then. But indie bookstores, which seem like a match made in heaven, are struggling with them. The high costs of the machine are compounded by the fact that publishers aren't making all books available for publishing via these book machines. Publishers' Weekly has more.

In the UK, apparently 62% of young adult readers prefer print to e-books. has done a text analysis of the Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter. The results are pretty fascinating!

Want to buy an e-book for someone as a gift? GalleyCat has how.

Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, offers 3 tips for self-publishing authors.

What interesting publishing news have you encountered in the past two weeks?

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