Penguin and Random House Merge

Penguin and Random House Are Now One And The Same

News by Benoît Lelièvre October 29, 2012
It's official, Penguin and Random House have merged to create a new publishing superpower.
Margaret Atwood Naomi Alderman Zombie

Margaret Atwood, Naomi Alderman Collaborate on Serialized Zombie Tale

News by Dan Shewan October 25, 2012
Margaret Atwood and Naomi Alderman are working together to create 'The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home,' a collaborative story that is being serialized by Wattpad.

The 3 Most Popular Editorial Services and Do You Need Them?

Column by Erin Reel October 24, 2012
Writers have more professional support available to them now than ever before. Erin Reel, The Lit Coach, breaks down the 3 most popular editorial services, giving you the benefits, red flags and more.
Rachel Held Evans Vagina

Female Anatomy a Touchy Subject for Christian Bookstore, Claims Author

News by Dan Shewan October 19, 2012
Evangelical Christian author Rachel Held Evans claims her latest book will not be carried by a major Christian bookseller due to use of the word "vagina."
Johnny Depp Launches Book Imprint

Johnny Depp Launches His Own Book Imprint

News by Kimberly Turner October 17, 2012
Johnny Depp has partnered with HarperCollins to launch his own book imprint. A Bob Dylan bio and an unpublished novel by folk singer Woody Guthrie are the first titles announced.
'Shakedown' by James Ellroy

Digital Publisher Releases New eNovella by James Ellroy, 'Shakedown'

News by Rob Hart October 10, 2012
Byliner, a publisher focused on original fiction and nonfiction written to be "read in a single sitting," has just released a digital-only novella by one of the masters of crime fiction.
"The Silent History", The eBook That Makes You Travel

The Silent History: The eBook That Makes You Travel

News by Benoît Lelièvre October 10, 2012
A new eBook is proposing a new, revolutionary way to read and experience literature. "The Silent History" is the novel that makes you travel.
Lena Dunham Seeking 1 Million For 1st Book

UPDATE: SOLD! Lena Dunham Is Seeking One Million Dollars For Her First Book

News by Benoît Lelièvre October 9, 2012
The creator and star of HBO's hit show "Girls" is shopping her first manuscript. The asking price? Just one million dollars.
J.K. Rowling's New Novel Posts Huge Sales

J.K. Rowling's New Novel Posts Huge Sales, No One Surprised

News by Rob Hart October 5, 2012
In its first six days on the market, 'The Casual Vacancy' has sold 375,000 copies, between print and digital.
Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Penny Marshall

Barnes & Noble Stores Start Stocking Amazon Books, Company Shuts That Right Down

News by Rob Hart October 3, 2012
Barnes & Noble stores, which are given leeway in what they can and can't stock, were ordering copies of books published by Amazon--prompting company executives to ask branches to pull the books.
Carolrhoda Books, Lerner Publishing Group, News, Poisoned Pen Press, Publishing

Two Publishers Seeking YA Submissions

News by Kimberly Turner
Vampires, dragons, and Hamlet? No. Awkward sex? Yes. The Poisoned Pencil and Carolrhoda Books are soliciting finished YA manuscripts. What they want might surprise you...

Ask The Agent: Answers To Some of The Gritty Details of The Business

Column by Bree Ogden
I received so many fantastic questions this week! I couldn’t decide on just a few, so I’ve decided to go ahead and answer several of them, given the answers are not as intensive as usual.
Kiana Davenport picked up by Amazon

Author Terminated By Penguin Over Contract Breach Picked Up By Amazon

News by Rob Hart September 11, 2012
Penguin terminated a contract with author Kiana Davenport because she self-published a collection of short stories. Cue Amazon, offering a contract much more to her liking.

Don't Write Comics: How To Write Comics Part 4

Column by Kelly Thompson September 6, 2012
The final installment in a series about writing for comics & graphic novels. Part 4 discusses writer/artist agreements, and writer/artist collaboration.
Publishers Agree To $69 Million Settlement In Price Fixing Scandal

Three Publishers Agree To $69 Million Settlement In eBook Price Fixing Scandal

News by Rob Hart August 30, 2012
Three publishers named in the eBook price fixing lawsuits will settle for $69 million--money that will go back to eBook buyers in the form of refunds. Tiny, tiny refunds.
Amazon Steps Up Publishing Game, Kobo Throws In With Indie Bookstores

Amazon Steps Up Its Publishing Game While Kobo Throws In With Indie Bookstores

News by Rob Hart August 30, 2012
Amazon will make its eBooks available to sites like Kobo and Barnes & Noble. Meanwhile, Kobo will partner with indie bookstores to sell eBooks--will they succeed where Google failed?

Don't Write Comics: How To Write Comics Part 3

Column by Kelly Thompson August 14, 2012
The 3rd in a series about writing for comics & graphic novels. Part 3 continues to explore what you'll need for a professional comics pitch and details finding the right artist for your project.
Author Larry McMurtry Downsizes Used Bookstore in Archer City

Author Larry McMurtry Downsizes Used Bookstore in Archer City

News by John Jarzemsky August 13, 2012
Author Larry McMurtry is auctioning off nearly two thirds of his used and rare books collection housed in his Archer City business, Booked Up.
News, Publishing, Music, Beck

Beck To Publish His Next Album With McSweeney's... Wait, What?

News by Rob Hart August 9, 2012
Beck will publish his next album with McSweeney's. It'll have booklets, lyrics and sheet music--but you need to play the songs yourself.

Good Sex, Great Prayers: A Journey in Publication (Part 1: Origins)

Column by Brandon Tietz August 8, 2012
In this first installment of the series, Brandon Tietz talks about the conception of his upcoming novel, 'Good Sex, Great Prayers,' and the subsequent proposal process.

Some Practical Writing Advice From Douglas Coupland

Column by Douglas Coupland August 3, 2012
The Bestselling author of "Generation X" and "Girlfriend In A Coma" gives some simple advice picked up during his 25 years as a writer.

Is Kickstarter A Viable Tool For Writers?

Column by Rob Hart July 31, 2012
Artists, musicians and writers are turning to Kickstarter to crowdfund the creation of their projects. Does it work?
DOJ Responds To Comments On eBook Pricing Fixing Lawsuit

DOJ Responds To Comments On eBook Price Fixing Lawsuit

News by Rob Hart July 24, 2012
The U.S. Department of Justice has been soliciting comments on its eBook price fixing lawsuit--and the agency has issued its response to said comments.

Ask The Agent: What State Of Completion Does Your Manuscript Have To Be In When You Start Querying, Query Letter Word Count and More!

Column by Bree Ogden July 23, 2012
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent, I’ll explore and dissect two of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.

Your Publisher Has Folded...Now What?

Column by Brandon Tietz July 12, 2012
Book deals are signed all the time, but what do you do when your publishing contract is cancelled? LitReactor examines such a case.