Friday, March 24, 2017

Publishing Industry News

This week's publishing news and industry blogs post covers 3/9-3/23/17.

Publishing News

Educational publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt begins restructuring.

The proposed presidential budget for 2018 eliminates funding to the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, as well as the Institutes of Museum and Library Services. Small publishers express concern, especially over the NEA cuts.

Wattpad partners with Hachette to poduce Wattpad-book audiobooks.

Industry Blogs

 Agent Jessica Faust has suggestions for making the most of publishing networking events, even if you're a nervous introvert. She also explains--sort of--why books can be hard to get and more expensive due to foreign rights.

Agent Janet Reid gives advice and answer questions. Must it be called a manuscript instead of a novel? (No, novel is fine.) Is it okay to send thank-yous for rejections? (Yes, but not required or expected, especially for form rejections.) If your agent sends you a copy of the pitch letter they'll be using, should you critique it? (No.) If you get a response on a project while another is read by another agent, what do you do? (Inform the first agent that second project is being looked at.) How do you stay published with lackluster sales?

Reid gives more advice. If you can't intern at an agency, or network with the publishing world, you should not become an agent until you can--the background and network are part of the job. How well can a pen name protect your anonymity? (Not all that well from serious, technologically proficient people, but decently for most purposes.) She also shares 6 reasons agents say no. Do agents care if you don't live in the US? (No; they care about the writing.)

Agent Nephele Tempest posts writing links for 3/10, which include a searchable database for writing contests for 2017.

Agent Kristen Nelson talks about what to do when your books are translated and sold in a country that does not uphold copyright laws.

Author Nathan Bransford talks about what makes a good editor.

At the Books and Such Literary Agency blog, some tips on secondary characters.

What other major publishing news have you encountered the past two weeks?

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