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Simon & Schuster vs. Barnes & Noble

Terence Clarke | Posted 05.25.2013 | Books
Terence Clarke

The current dispute between the book retailer Barnes & Noble and the publisher Simon & Schuster has caused much handwringing and worry. But the dispute is one that has visited all changing industries fighting a rear-guard action against newer, more visionary competition.

A Brief History of Book Vending Machines

John Geoghegan | Posted 05.25.2013 | Books
John Geoghegan

2013-03-25-Screenshot20130325at2.50.21PM.jpgAlthough vending machines have long been considered acceptable for newspapers, they've never really caught on where books are concerned.

Are You Ignoring The Signs In Your Life?

Judith Natelli McLaughlin | Posted 05.19.2013 | Fifty
Judith Natelli McLaughlin

Pay attention to the signs. Both the physical ones that keep you out of the motor vehicle line meant for folks who have seven forms of identification when you only have two, and the subtle ones that help you remember your loved ones, tell you to slow down or beg you to follow your dreams.

Caroline Leavitt, Best-selling Author, On Overcoming Nasty Writing Teachers, How to Write a Bestseller and Never Giving Up

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.18.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Caroline Leavitt at the Miami Book Festival. Not only is she an incredibly accomplished novelist, she's also a crackerjack human being. So we decided to take a little peek into her world and see what makes Caroline Leavitt tick.

Ayana Mathis, Author of the Bestselling Novel The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, on How She Reacted When Oprah Winfrey Called

Brad Listi | Posted 05.18.2013 | Books
Brad Listi

Here's an excerpt from Episode 157, my conversation with Ayana Mathis, author of the bestselling novel The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. It was hand-selected by Oprah Winfrey as an official pick of Oprah's Book Club 2.0.

Los Angeles Times Backtracks on Removing TV Listings: Sometimes Making Media Noise Has an Effect

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.18.2013 | Los Angeles
Michael Russnow

It was pretty evident that at the end of that time frame we would have to pay to have the convenience of a TV schedule at our fingertips, rather than running to our computer to see what was on the tube.

Lenore Zion, Novelist and Sex Therapist, on How a Wild Night in High School Helped to Inspire Her New Book, Stupid Children

Brad Listi | Posted 05.11.2013 | Books
Brad Listi

Here's an excerpt from Episode 155, my conversation with Lenore Zion, an author who also works as a sex therapist.

Hugh Howey and the Bestseller Myth

J.E. Fishman | Posted 05.11.2013 | Books
J.E. Fishman

Because I've followed Hugh Howey's work, I can say with confidence that the Journal's assertion that Howey is "a slick marketer" is utter bunk, and I think he'd be the first to admit that.

Why Publishers Have the Blandest Brands in All the Land

Michael Levin | Posted 05.08.2013 | Books
Michael Levin

Publishers love to publish books on branding, because it's such a hot topic in the business world today. The question you have to ask is why publishers don't bother reading the books they publish.

Should Publishers Pay Author Advances?

Posted 03.08.2013 | Books

This week, Random House generated controversy among writers over the terms of their contracts for two of their new digital-only imprints: Hydra, which...

The AWP Conference in Boston: Where Writers Swim Like Fish

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.08.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Over 11,000 writers, editors, and publishers turned out this year for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs' Conference, making it one of the biggest literary hootenannies for anyone with a passion for putting words on the page.

Sam Lipsyte, Author of The Fun Parts, on Rejection, Depression and (Eventual) Vindication

Brad Listi | Posted 05.08.2013 | Books
Brad Listi

In this segment, Sam Lipsyte talks about his early struggles, the deep disappointment he felt when his novel Home Land was rejected--and how it eventually went on to be published to great acclaim.

Paperback Distribution: Createspace vs. Lightning Source

Terri Giuliano Long | Posted 05.06.2013 | Books
Terri Giuliano Long

While some services overlap, each company has its strengths and weaknesses. Which is preferable depends largely on the needs and objectives of the author. The information here should help you decide which service would be better for you.

Does Blogging Sell Books? Not Exactly, but Here's Why You Should Do It Anyway

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.05.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Whether you're a self-published writer or published by a traditional house, the word on the street is the same: Blog like your life depends on it if you want to sell any books. But does blogging really equal book selling?

Your Dream Is Their Dream: Bypassing the Publisher

John Bergquist | Posted 05.04.2013 | Books
John Bergquist

The age of the art patron is alive and well. Instead of being the activity of the rich, the patron is the person with five dollars to spare and a favorite author to support. Their dream is our dream.

Andrew Losowsky

11 Lessons Publishers Can Learn From Amanda Palmer | Andrew Losowsky | Posted 03.04.2013 | Books

This piece on Amanda Palmer's TED Talk is the first in a new series called Tough Love. I love publishing, but I believe that many traditional aspects ...

The Road to Publication -- Part Four: You're Published, Now What?

S.L. Scott | Posted 04.23.2013 | Books
S.L. Scott

There are so many paths a writer can take leading up to their book's release date. Some authors jump right into marketing while others prefer to sit on the shore of the publishing world waters, content in their accomplishment.

Which Publishing Option Is Right for You?

Terri Giuliano Long | Posted 04.17.2013 | Books
Terri Giuliano Long

Rather than invest all their energy in publishing traditionally, authors are taking advantage of their options by choosing the publishing method that's right for them or right for the particular project. With so many choices, how do you know which is right for you?

Publishing Your Book: What Has Changed in 7 Years?

Kevan Hall | Posted 04.09.2013 | Books
Kevan Hall

A lot has changed since I wrote my last book in 2006. When I launched Speed Lead, I was largely reliant on the way the publishing trade worked to prom...

In Book Publishing Today, Size No Longer Matters

Michael Levin | Posted 04.06.2013 | Books
Michael Levin

Once upon a time, authors wrote big books about big topics. The competition was Freudian: whoever had the longest one could brag the most. Today, however, neither authors nor readers seek size from their books.

Mark Coker, Founder of Smashwords, on How to Get People to Read Your Book

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.06.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

If you take nothing else from this, just remember, when someone flames you and you feel like lashing out electronically, think: "What would Mark Coker do?"

Writers Helping Writers: Ya Gotta Have Friends

M.J. Rose | Posted 04.06.2013 | Books
M.J. Rose

What began as an experiment in shouting out each other's books into the vast blinding blizzard of social media, has become a virtual world of tight friendships and support--and proof that, among some authors, cooperation trumps competition.

What's Wrong With This Cover?

Foz Meadows | Posted 04.04.2013 | Books
Foz Meadows

I'm not impressed with the near-universal acceptance of "chick lit" as a pejorative.

The Road to Publication -- Part Three: Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing, Pros and Cons

S.L. Scott | Posted 04.01.2013 | Books
S.L. Scott

The best part of the publishing industry today is that we have a choice. That's something that didn't really exist even five years ago. Choose which road to publication fits you and your goals best, and go for it.

How Watching Jerry Maguire Can Help You Raise Money

Nayia Moysidis | Posted 04.01.2013 | Business
Nayia Moysidis

"Show me the money," I told myself six or seven times, and then just once, just as a final pump-up tactic, one epic shout: "SHOW ME THE MONEY!" When I emerged from the Starbucks bathroom, a young woman peeked inside, visibly nervous.