Editorial

Those on the front lines of the ever-changing book publishing industry offer their opinions on the latest trends, innovations and opportunities for publishers and authors today.

Life and Death at Frankfurt

Barbara Zitwer

Literary agent Barbara J. Zitwer reflects on the pivotal role the Frankfurt Book Fair has played in her life and career.

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Hole in Heart of Publishing Threatens Shelf Lives

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A ghost writer and former journalist argues that publicists need to work more closely with authors and receive proper training if they are to be truly effective.

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4 Tips to Survive, Thrive in Frankfurt as a Foreign Rights Agent

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Marleen Seegers of the 2 Seas Agency advises foreign rights agents attending Frankfurt to be prepared, stay late, try new things and, yes, don’t drink alcohol.

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Why It’s Imperative Amazon v. Hachette Ends Soon

Tanja Tuma

If Amazon believes in readers and Hachette believes in authors as much as they say, it’s imperative they end their fight as soon as possible, argues Tanja Tuma.

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Why We Need Independent Bookstores More Than Ever

Tom Robere

Publishers simply cannot function without independent bookstores, notes Tom Roberge of New Directions as he reflects on the Amazon/Hachette battle

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Oh Captain, My Captain: On Robin Williams and Literature

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Roger Tagholm looks back at how Robin Williams brought moments of poetry and literature to life for a generation, instilling them in the popular culture.

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Introducing Your Publishing World Cup “Dream Team”

Charlie Redmayne, standing 6' 5" and one of the few former military men to run a publishing house, would be an intimidating presence in the net.

Who would you have on a book business World Cup dream team? Who would you place up front? On the bench? As manager We humbly submit our own selections.

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Post Publishing Traumatic Stress Disorder? Really? Really.

Sharon Glassman

Sharon Glassman confronts the angst she feels facing the publication of her second novel following a poor experience with her first — and what to do about it.

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8 Ways Oyster Books Can Rule the Ebook Subscription Market

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In the six months since its debut, the $14 million Oyster ebook subscription platform has yet to take off. What’s lacking? What could be improved? We advise.

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Why Book Publishers Need to Think Like Amazon

Rakesh Satyal

Two branding experts argue that the future for publishers lies in going direct to consumer, offering examples of companies that have succeeded.

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