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Personal News Posts Here, Please! Save the Wall for Publishing Industry News

Started by Meg Waite Clayton. Last reply by Patricia Flaherty Pagan Dec 16, 2013. 8 Replies

Dear PIN members, I am trying very hard to keep the main wall in the group to publishing industry news and conversation, so it won't become an advertisement wall. But do post your personal news here;…Continue

Thought She Writes Romance Writers might want to know about this ontest!

Started by Deborah Riley-Magnus. Last reply by Theresa L Henry Mar 25, 2013. 1 Reply

Hi all, I'm the Imprint Editor for the Breathless Books (Romance) Imprint at Assent Publishing, and I'm thrilled to let She Writes members know about this contest! Please pass it on!Good Luck!Deb…Continue

Tags: Books, Imprint, writing, Breathless, publishing

Lit Mags to Charge Reading Fees

Started by Becky T.. Last reply by Penny J. Leisch May 31, 2012. 18 Replies

A recent article in Forbes magazine describes how more…Continue

Tags: publishing, magazines, literary

Self-publishing Survey - Please Participate

Started by Kelley Harrell. Last reply by Nancy MacMillan Apr 4, 2012. 4 Replies

"The average self-publisher sells 100 books. Or is it 200? And is that in a year? Or is it over the lifetime of the book? The problem is, we have no idea at all, no way of measuring how we are…Continue

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Comment by Meg Waite Clayton on August 26, 2010 at 9:35am
And count me as loving Jane Friedman's No Rules blog, too.

>the agents who will manage to stay successful are the ones who can pick clients--and then help their clients--navigate this new publishing world

I so agree with this. And would add that the agents who are going to survive, IMHO (well, I try to be humble!), are those who have amazing marketing skills. My agent earns every penny of her 15% not only because she knows the industry and gets me great deals, but also because she is always thinking of the marketing angle. We had a group call to kick off the publicity effort for my new novel earlier this week, and she kept trotting out facts about Myra Bradwell (book title comes from her) that I didn't know - and lobbing up possible marketing/publicity angles based on them. Really, I think there is some possibility traditional publishers will disappear, and agents who are marketing savvy will survive. (Some. Not much. And maybe I'm just trying to provoke...)
Comment by Meg Waite Clayton on August 26, 2010 at 9:26am
On the Wylie/RH ebook splits, I read a piece in PW yesterday, "New Digital Rate is Born."
Comment by Alayne Bushey-Fiore on August 26, 2010 at 9:08am
Hey Everyone! I'm still exploring this site because there is so much to offer here that it's overwhelming! But I wanted to let you all know that I've launched a small press for female fiction authors and I'm accepting submissions until the end of September. If anyone is interested in what I'm looking for, feel free to visit Rozlyn Press. Thanks!
Comment by Sara A Broers on August 26, 2010 at 8:54am
Glad that I found this group~ thanks for inviting me........I just published an E-Book, so this is perfect timing!
Comment by Emily Kennedy on August 26, 2010 at 8:34am
Put a comment in the genre discussion, but thought ya'll might be interested in this Huffington Post article as well. Looks like authors are speaking out about gender bias with the New York Times Book Review. This bias includes genres that women choose as well as female authors. You'd think with the precariousness of print journalism these days that the NYT would choose to cater to the masses and review what sells!
Comment by Lynne Morgan Spreen on August 26, 2010 at 5:14am
If I were an agent or a publisher, I'd be asking myself this question: how can I connect readers and writers, given the wall of noise that has been created due to the volume of books available today? Example: I am a middle-aged woman. I want to write and read about middle-aged women. Does anybody specialize in that niche? Because if they did, both I as a reader and I as a writer would look to them as a source of the material I value.
Comment by Tracy Slater on August 25, 2010 at 9:13pm
Pauline--thanks for posting that interview. Very interesting! And Lynne, my *guess* is that agents are not a thing of the past (at least not yet), but that the agents who will manage to stay successful are the ones who can pick clients--and then help their clients--navigate this new publishing world. That said, it seems like agents might be poised to make less $, or only make $ on fewer clients. A lot to think about!
Comment by Lynne Morgan Spreen on August 25, 2010 at 2:57pm
Pauline, I just read that interview with Jane Friedman and followed most of the links and read them, too. My head was swimming. Here's the residual question: is the day of the agent past? That was one of the things it seemed she was implying.
Comment by Pauline Frederica Kiernan on August 25, 2010 at 11:14am
Just seen this:
'Exclusive Amazon Deal Called Off: Is The Struggle Between The Wylie Agency And Random House Finally Over?'
Comment by Pauline Frederica Kiernan on August 25, 2010 at 11:04am
Although this article about Wylie and what's happening in epublishing is from 27 July, it's still worth reading. It doesn't give figures on Wylie, Meg, but it's a well-researched piece. And a useful overview for anyone who hasn't been following this story till now.

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