Friday, September 4, 2015

Publishing Industry News

This week's publishing news and industry blogs post covers 8/22-9/3/2015. As is often the case with late-summer news, it's been a bit slow these past couple of weeks.

Publishing News

The class-action lawsuit against Author Solutions has been settled out of court.

The University of Arkon fired all its editors from its press, a move that prompted so much backlash, they reversed the decision and rehired them.

Ellora's Cave (an erotic romance publisher) CEO and founder filed a defamation suit against Dear Author blogger last September. Both parties have filed motions requesting a summary judgment on their claims.

Red Hen Press's managing editor published an article in the Huffington Post that caused turmoil in literary publishing for a number of stereotypes, and the press is now feeling some of the fallout.

The Hachette Book Group is taking over Hachette UK distribution and sales in the US.

Scribd has updated its audiobook portion of its e-book subscription service, offering a rotating catalog of audiobooks, plus one free other book a month for monthly subscribers.

Industry Blogs

Agent Janet Reid answers questions on her blog (just a few b/c she was on vacation). If you've written a book in another language than English, how do you go about finding a bilingual American agent? (You don't.) What do you do if your publisher's going out business? (Check your contract. If you can, get your rights back. A lot depends on your current status. Save all your communications and don't panic.)
Agent Nephele Tempest offers some basic, common-sense tips for querying.

On the Editor's blog, introductory clauses, commas, and when and how they go together. Also, she writes about how to show (and punctuate) interruptions correctly.

Author Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks about changing tastes over time, and how it affects people's view of things written.

On the Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal blog, J. Cheney reminds authors to keep their magic consistent (thereby avoiding those annoying plot holes).

Airline JetBlue has set up a number of book vending machines to get books into the hands of kids in Washington DC.

What other publishing news have you encountered in the past couple of weeks?

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