Friday, March 10, 2017

Publishing Industry News

This week's publishing news and industry blogs post covers 2/19-3/9/17.  It's been a bit slow these past three weeks, so a nice short reading list this time around.

Publishing News

Amazon opens its first brick and mortar store on the East Coast, in Massachusetts.

Industry Blogs

Author Nathan Bransford posts a The Last Few Weeks in Publishing for 2/17.

At Books and Such Literary Agency blog, an explanation of what an Editorial Style Sheet is, and why it's important.

Agent Kristen Nelson has her first reader, Jamie Persichetti, pipe in on why the phrase "has diverse characters" in your query letter is not really a selling point (even though diverse characters are).

Editor Beth Hill on the Editor's Blog talks about picking the right words for character's regional dialect--diction, not accent.

Author Janet Reid gives advice and answer questions. Don't pay an agent to edit a query letter.  How much should you pay to hire a publicist if you do? (Consider how effective they are and what your goals are.) If an agent requested a revise & resubmit, but changed agencies, what should you do? (E-mail to the direct e-mail if you have it; but also continue querying other agents as the agent may be looking for new things now.)

Author Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks about how she manages a writing career while dealing with chronic health problems. She also discusses money management as an indie author.

A defense of the IDFP-W3C merger as a positive move, by a writer at Publishers Weekly.

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

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