By JULIE BOSMAN Published: April 26, 2011 In the old days of publishing, getting your manuscript into the hands of an editor often meant mailing the unsolicited finished product to the offices of literary agents or editors, where it would receive a cursory look from an editorial assistant — or none at all. A modern version [...]
Indie bookstore customers no longer have to choose between reading digital and supporting their local bookstore — the American Booksellers Association announced today, Monday, December 6, 2010, that ABA member stores with IndieCommerce websites are now selling Google eBooks™ online. Google launched its ebook program today. A Google eBook is a new form of [...]
This just in–two Samizdat comrades were listed in GalleyCat’s Best Literary Agents on Twitter list…Congratulations to Rachelle Gardner of Wordserve Literary and Kathryn Helmers of Creative Trust! I’ve worked with both of them as an editor for a publisher and as a colleague–so trust me, if you’re in need of an agent, you really can’t [...]
The National Book Foundation recently honored the 2010 winners of the National Book Awards. Below are the winners, the finalists, and interviews with each as found on the NBF website. STATS In 2010, there were 1,115 books submitted for the National Book Awards. The number of books by genre: Fiction: 302 Nonfiction: 435 Poetry: [...]
The importance and function of the ISBN in the new world of “books.” by Laura Dawson/Publishers Weekly As the digital landscape for books increases, new entrants to the market are puzzled by its insistence on the ISBN. To many–particularly e-book–only publishers–it seems that the industry is insisting on using an antiquated standard. Why can’t the [...]
Writers who want to let both their faith and their creativity run free are finding a home in the Christian literary underground By Julie Polter/Sojourners Kimberly Culbertson knew God was real and present in the lives of the high school kids she taught in inner-city Chicago — real and present in the midst of equally [...]
Here’s a most creative use of Twitter and mass contribution to storytelling. Great idea, BBC! Neil Gaiman + Twitter = Interactive Storytelling.
This is fabulous! Every book needs not only a website, but video. The “vook” doesn’t replace books or video–it combines the best of both. This idea is especially critical for independent authors and organizational publishing. Check it out. Simon & Schuster Introduces Digital Books with Video Shared via AddThis
Ever wonder what Kindle sales would really be like for you? J.A. Konrath shares his experience in this article.
Dave Eggers is the founder of McSweeney’s and author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and What is the What. Read this and tell me what you think–is he full of it or does he have reason to be hopeful? Dave Eggers: OK, Here’s Why I Believe Print Has a Future – mediabistro.com: BayNewser.
This article is a must read if you want to understand how people get and process information nowadays. There are enormous ramifications for the publishing industry and why it is crashing. Is Google Making Us Stupid? – The Atlantic (July/August 2008).
Amazon’s Kindle DX Release Ignites Blogging Bonfire :: Books Culture News :: Articles :: Paste. Another chapter in the e-book saga…Do you own a Kindle? Why, or why not?
Of course times are still hard in Christian publishing, as this article says, but it’s not terribly gloomy. People are still buying books and some publishers with a broad reach are doing ok. It all points to our opportunity to recreate ourselves as writers and the publishing industry as a whole. How can you be [...]