Monday, December 19, 2011

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Will publishers kill Amazon's golden goose?

Posted: 18 Dec 2011 04:56 PM PST

Amazon, which usually doesn't get too specific about details of its sales, apparently felt the need to crow about the Kindle. The company claims to have sold 1 million a week for the past three weeks. It's hot news, fueled in no small part by the Kindle Fire tablet. But while Amazon congratulates itself and [...]

Apple Reportedly Buying Up 8-inch Touchscreens to Build Smaller iPads

Posted: 18 Dec 2011 04:34 PM PST

In October 2010, the late Steve Jobs made an unexpected appearance on an Apple earnings call, telling analysts and reporters how his company's iPhone had blown BlackBerry phones out of the water, how he thought Android wasn't really an "open" mobile platform and, most interestingly, how Apple had no plans to make a 7-inch version [...]

When do you need an editor?

Posted: 12 Dec 2011 05:16 PM PST

Writers often ask me when they should consult a developmental editor.  The concerns go something like this: I've heard that literary agents and commercial publishers don't want to see a book until it's already edited and ready for production. And if I decide to self-publish, I'm out on a limb by myself. So when during [...]

The Writer's Life: Michael Lewis puts faces on business stories

Posted: 12 Dec 2011 01:14 PM PST

Growing up in New Orleans, writer Michael Lewis learned three lessons that stuck with him for life: Success and happiness are very different things. Never become a lawyer. You don't need to come from a bookish environment to know how to spin a helluva story. Maybe the storytelling part, Lewis speculates, stems from another thing [...]

Which Sample Chapters Should You Send to Agents?

Posted: 12 Dec 2011 12:57 PM PST

Q: When agents ask for sample chapters, which chapters should I include? I feel that my strongest chapters fall in the middle—is it OK if I send those? —Davey K. You wouldn't start reading a novel in the middle, would you? Seems silly to ask an agent to do so. Your goal with the agent [...]

Paying authors more might be the best economics for publishers in the long run

Posted: 12 Dec 2011 12:50 PM PST

If you imagine the publisher's business as one that divides most of the consumer's dollar between two core stakeholders in the supply chain — the retailer and the author — you'd have a pretty accurate picture. The publishers, at least theoretically, decide what the retailer's "working margin" will be with their discounts and agency agreements. [...]
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