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Publishing Industry

Self-Publishing Platforms: Women's Playground or Last Resort?

Janice Sands | Posted 04.16.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

Literary publishing is a notoriously cutthroat business. The industry is alarmingly subjective and there are an increasing number of books published each year. But if you look more closely at the numbers, the challenge of having a literary work published is particularly difficult for women.

Oprah's O Magazine Turns 15: The Psychosocial Components of Its Continued Popularity

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 04.07.2015 | Entertainment
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

As Oprah Winfrey fans celebrate next month's crystal anniversary of her popular magazine, it's hardly surprising that O, The Oprah Magazine continues to witness circulation success.

Inside Traditional Publishing: Good Agents Geek Out About Contracts

Karen Dionne | Posted 04.01.2015 | Books
Karen Dionne

Publishers often change their contracts to give themselves more favorable terms. Agents who are paying attention pick up on the differences and understand the ramifications. Agents who aren't, don't.

Follow Your Gut, and Find a Trusted Editor: A Q&A With Carey Salerno of Alice James Books

Janice Sands | Posted 03.30.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

In this second installment of my conversation with Carey Salerno, Executive Editor of Alice James Books, a cooperative poetry press with an emphasis on women writers, Carey shares some additional insights on the future of publishing and achieving success as a writer.

Why the Definition of 'Good Writing' Needs a Transformation

Janice Sands | Posted 02.27.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

Carey Salerno, Executive Editor of Alice James Books and a Literary Arts Curator supporting the launch of Pen and Brush's new programming, shares what she has learned throughout her career in publishing and her experience as a poet and a writer.

Book Review: Conspiracy Theory by Mike Enemigo

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.26.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

Conspiracy Theory is a gritty story of drugs, crime, and the underground rap music scene in Sacramento, California, written by someone who knows whereof he speaks. Mike Enemigo, a Folsom Prison lifer is the Impresario of The Cell Block, an up-and-coming publisher of crime, urban fiction, and non-fiction.

The Secrets of Publishing Success

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Lev Raphael

When I started out, an author friend warned me that publishing was a crazy business, and he was right. Ever since my first book was published in 1990, I've been seeing news items about one scary trend or another.

A Writer's Motto: 'Get to work'

Janice Sands | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

It's my pleasure to share a conversation I recently had with Kate Angus, who is a founding editor of Augury Books, as well as the Creative Writing Advisory Board Member for The Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities and a teacher at the Gotham Writers' Workshop in New York.

You Can't Keep a Good Book Down: Finding Success in Today's Publishing Landscape

Janice Sands | Posted 03.09.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

In a recent conversation with Joni, she shared some important insights into the evolving literary landscape, and how authors, agents and publishers can adapt.

Outsourcing Warren Buffet's First Job to Social Media

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 01.12.2015 | Technology
Shastri Purushotma

This transformation in the distribution of content is still at a relatively early stage, as the tools for corporations are only now coming into place. But it's obvious this wave will be massive and rapid.

The Book Launch and the Aftermath

Warren Adler | Posted 01.06.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The launch of a book, be it the first for an author or their most recent release, has always been the established gateway for traditional publishers to introduce a new work.

Happy Birthday, Slim Aarons!

Jack Meyer | Posted 12.27.2014 | Arts
Jack Meyer

The socialites warmly welcomed the war hero; in turn, he found solace in a milieu antithetical to the hell of war.

Giving Publishing What it Demands -- In a Way I Could Live With

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 12.21.2014 | Books
Leonce Gaiter

Almost 25 years ago, living in LA and working in the film industry, I decided to write a screenplay. I had abandoned prose writing somewhere in college, having been scared straight out of the writing habit via the tender ministrations of visiting New Yorker short story virtuosi creative writing instructors and my own mountainous insecurities and fears.

Kid Lit Equality -- Fantasy or Reality?

Zetta Elliott | Posted 11.16.2014 | Black Voices
Zetta Elliott

The publishing industry can't solve this problem, but the relative lack of children's books by and about people of color nonetheless functions as a kind of "symbolic annihilation."

On My Unpublished Novel: Was It Worth It?

Jackie Parker | Posted 10.27.2014 | Books
Jackie Parker

"Was it worth it?" my son asks, referring to my unpublished novel, the 10-year endeavor that haunts our meetings, the elephant by my side. How can I answer him? He is 30 and facing the big questions: What shall I do that has worth?

Ethnic Minority and Underdog Writers Must Not Give Up

PP Wong | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books
PP Wong

Twenty seven publishers in the U.S. and U.K. turned down my novel. The vast majority of rejections my literary agent received were surprisingly positive, but were knock-backs all the same.

The Vida Count and the Cult of Literary Prestige

Christine Stoddard | Posted 08.31.2014 | Books
Christine Stoddard

We as advocates for female writers and editors should make an effort to celebrate the publications that employ large numbers of women. Community newspapers and journals do just that. Yet those publications tend to pay less than national ones pay.

How Do You Choose a Book Cover That Tells Your Story?

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Will the cover be "me?" More importantly, will it honestly represent the emotions and story I've put on the page and attract readers?

Suspicion: A Talk with Joseph Finder

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Joseph Finder has a background every thriller novelist would love to have. He spent his early childhood living around the world.

Why Books Stink

Michael Levin | Posted 07.12.2014 | Books
Michael Levin

The dirty little secret of the publishing industry is that virtually every new work of fiction and nonfiction hitting the market today is a piece of garbage.

Sinister Wisdom Receives Leadership Award From Publishing Triangle

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 06.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Every year The Publishing Triangle recognizes outstanding LGBT books published in the last year and gives two special awards -- a Leadership Award and...

Lessons From Ladies' Home Journal

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

When the editor called to say she liked the essay and wanted to buy it, I was convinced it was a friend playing a trick. It wasn't. In fact, the editor wanted to know if I had any other essays to show her.

So You Want to Be a (Successful) Writer?

Carrie La Seur | Posted 06.10.2014 | Books
Carrie La Seur

Aren't there authors who stay outside the mainstream and are better for it? To satisfy myself, I concocted a version of objective analysis sufficiently rigorous to help a fiction writer relax. Scientists, shut your eyes.

The Most Literate Generation: Wattpad & the Power of Social Reading

Ondi Timoner | Posted 06.02.2014 | Technology
Ondi Timoner

The next time you hear someone say "no one reads anymore," show them Wattpad. With more than 20 million users, Wattpad is the world's largest community for readers and writers, and to the consternation of traditional publishing -- entirely free.

What Keeps a Woman Writing? Other Women Who Write.

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.07.2014 | Women
Holly Robinson

Any woman who works knows there isn't enough time in the day to get everything done. Even before we start our paid jobs, we've put in hours of lab...