This week the blogosphere is trying to digest the news that Google won the lawsuit taken against them for scanning books under copyright and uploading them to Google books. Feelings are mixed...it’s been an 8 year battle. Authors are annoyed but the tech geeks see it as a victory.
Will there be an appeal? As the Author’s Guild have taken this case... can their membership sustain this fight?
This week Rachel Gardner talked about the conflicted nature of needing Amazon while it also is your biggest rival.
Joanna Penn and her agent parted ways ... it was bittersweet and a business decision... and definitely shows how the business has changed.
The news is out... The market you want to get into is the German one if you are self publishing... The Passive Guy checks out why and Publishing Perspectives examines how 50% of authors there are self published. How to feel conflicted about your own countries practice.
Young Adult (YA) has always been the subject of conflicting emotions (probably because it is about conflicting emotions.) However these two articles will probably push your writer buttons. What books to give YA(reading) virgins and New trends in YA literature from the agents perspective.
If YA is not your thing...authors and agents are participating in PiBoIdMo...got 30 ideas for a picture book?
In the Craft section,
Publishing Perspectives on how to spot a good editor
Writer Unboxed on Creating a Masterpiece...lots of juicy comments here.
The Plot Whisperer on pre-plotting a series.
Victoria Mixon on 10 tips to make you a better writer in 10 days.
K M Weiland on the top 25 ways to write an awesome book
A discussion on price promotions... and how they can backfire.
Jane Friedman on the difference between marketing and promotion.
Charlie Redmayne (he of Pottermore and now poached back to HarperCollins) has laid out the warnings to the publishing industry. Take back content! Spend money on building the brand. Author’s will be conflicted about the implications...especially in light of new contracts with nice phrases like... universe rights and in perpetuity.
O what a tangled web we weave...
If you know the author of that line and can finish the quotation...you are PrDmBrll.
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