Literary MagNet | November/December 2012 | Poets & Writers

Read about innovative approaches to literary publishing in this article by Travis Kurowski in Poets and Writers Magazine online.

Poets and Writers, if you don’t know about it, is a terrific resource for literary workers. There are market listings, contest postings, interviews, and much more.

Literary MagNet | November/December 2012 | Poets & Writers.

Scott Turow on Penguin Random House | The Authors Guild Blog

Here are some thoughts about the merger between two of our largest publishing houses from Authors Guild President Scott Turow.

If you are traditionally published author, consider joining the Guild. There are many benefits.

Scott Turow on Penguin Random House | The Authors Guild Blog.

The CBI Clubhouse – The Community for Children’s Book Writers » Writing Picture Books, Easy Readers, Young Adult Books and More!

If you want to write books for children, this is a website and community you should know about. It can save you years of frustration. It offers both perennial advice and the latest information about this very special market.

The CBI Clubhouse – The Community for Children’s Book Writers » Writing Picture Books, Easy Readers, Young Adult Books and More!.

Why Not-So-Young Adult Readers Crave Teen Fiction – The Cut

Many writers have turned to YA fiction because it is carefully crafted on all levels. Readers have discovered this, too. This has some “adult” publishing folks scurrying to figure out what is going on. Certainly, there are, um, insubstantial YA books, just as there are light reads for the adult market. Not every book aspires to be great literature. Some stories are just fun. Here’s an article about “New Adult” fiction. This is an emerging and controversial idea. Read the article and see what you think.

Why Not-So-Young Adult Readers Crave Teen Fiction – The Cut.

The Changing Role of Publishers in the Digital Age

Publishing is changing. It is much easier and less expensive now for an author to reach out to the audience directly. The problem is that it is easy for everyone to do this.

If you have a website, you know that enticing people to view it can be a problem when millions of other sites clamor for attention. The same is true now for “books.” I put the term in quotation marks because so many publications are just as virtual as sites.

Here’s a well-thought-out essay about the situation from an industry professional. If you are thinking about publishing your work, it’s worth a read.

The Future of the Author-Publisher Relationship – Jane Friedman.

Webcast: Publishing’s Remediators: A Conversation with ZolaBooks’ CEO Joe Regal

Here’s a fascinating discussion about the state of e-books today. It lasts 60 minutes, but if you are considering e-book publication, it could be worth your time.

Webcast: Publishing’s Remediators: A Conversation with ZolaBooks’ CEO Joe Regal.

The Official SCBWI Blog: KidLitCon 2012

Are you planning to attend? Find out here about a conference for people who blog about children’s literature.

The Official SCBWI Blog: KidLitCon 2012.

Fifty Shades of Grey Book Burnings Stoke Controversy – GalleyCat

When a popular book glorifies domestic violence, what do you do? Does it help to burn copies of the offending volume, or will that just make matters worse? Here’s a fascinating article.

Fifty Shades of Grey Book Burnings Stoke Controversy – GalleyCat.

Mitali’s Fire Escape: Andrew Karre on Editing in the “YA Boom” Era

What do you think about a new category of books–“New Adult”? It would be for ages 14-35. Here’s an article about the idea and reactions to it.

Mitali’s Fire Escape: Andrew Karre on Editing in the “YA Boom” Era.

 

An Open Letter to Wikipedia About Anatole Broyard and “The Human Stain” : The New Yorker

An Open Letter to Wikipedia About Anatole Broyard and “The Human Stain” : The New Yorker.

  • Is the artist or the author the only authority on his work?
  • Is Wikipedia changing the nature of authority?
  • Read this open letter from Philip Roth. What do you think?