Hungarian for Inspiration

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

• Andrew Ervin, author of the collection of linked novellas Extraordinary Renditions discusses the woeful lack of Hungarian literature translated into English and offers a survey of titles that are available and should not be missed. By Andrew Ervin Though I lived in Budapest for over four years, from November 1994 to March 1999, my grasp of the Hungarian language …

Screaming Metal Phoenix: The Fantastic Rebirth of Humanoids USA

In English Language by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder The idea of comics for adults exploded in the US in the mid 1980s, via the pioneering work of creators such as Alan Moore, Frank Miller and Art Spiegelman. Their use of the medium to explore adult themes (or in Miller’s case, adolescent themes) seemed revolutionary at the time, and comics like Watchmen, The Dark Knight and …

Authors, Social Media and the Allure of Magical Thinking

In Editorial & Opinion by Daniel Kalder

Editorial by Daniel Kalder So anyway, I’ve got a great idea. Times are hard for publishers, therefore publicists should write books. No, really: they know what’s hot better than anyone. So they should write — maybe Harry Potter knock — offs like Percy Jackson, or political hate books on the villain of the hour. It doesn’t matter — just write …

Google Books auf Deutsch

In Digital by Guest Contributor

Interview by Nicholas Gary Yesterday’s news about Hachette Livre’s deal with Google to scan and sell 40 to 50,000 out-of-print books came as something of a surprise to many. Could the same thing happen in Germany? Annabella Weiss, the manager for Google Books for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, won’t say. But she did speak with Nicholas Gary of Actualitté, about what …

Nicolas Gary: France’s Digital Man of Letters

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije In a corner of the traditional, safe and slightly musty world of French publishing, Nicolas Gary, the principal founder of Actualitté, a website and daily newsmagazine on French and international publishing, is a blast of fresh air. The Canadian-born 30-year old, a fan of Frank Herbert’s Dune but also of poet Saint-John Perse, founded Actualitté with three …

Pitchapalooza 2010: Tips for Perfecting Your Book Pitch

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

By David Henry Sterry NEW YORK CITY: Ten years ago, before the Kindle, Facebook and Twitter, Arielle, my ex-agent and current wife, and I both had books coming out. One was about my childhood hero, Leroy “Satchel” Paige. The other was about her childhood hero, Jane Austen. Our publishers, Random House and Simon & Schuster, seemed disturbingly uninterested in helping …

Building an Author Platform from Scratch

In English Language by Guest Contributor

• Publishers want to work with authors who have an existing audience. • Following-up on last Friday’s article about personal marketing, model, author and self-publisher Isobella Jade, shares how she’s built her own impressive platform. By Isobella Jade Whenever a girl comments on my Facebook page saying she just bought my books, I know it is because she Googled words that …

German Technology Spotlight: Comicstars.de

In Feature Articles by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Self-publishing may be gaining traction, but having a contract with a traditional publisher is still an alluring prospect for many aspiring authors. Comicstars.de is a Web 2.0 marketplace for digital comics that combines the best of both worlds. The company behind it, New Ground Publishing, was founded in 2008 as a joint venture between German publisher Droemer-Knaur …

Germany’s Libreka! E-bookstore Opens Doors to US and Foreign Publishers

In Feature Articles by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Starting in June, US and other foreign publishers will be able sell their e-books on Germany’s online book search database and e-book distribution platform Libreka! (www.libreka.de). Launched by the Marketing- und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels arm of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association), Libreka! currently has over 130,000 titles available for full text browsing …

German Technology Spotlight: Tripwolf (www.tripwolf.com)

In Feature Articles by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary From top US sunset spots to the summer holidays of Silvio Berlusconi, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-Il, any number of unique travel itineraries can be conjured up when travel tips from traditional travel guides are combined with user-generated content. Based in Vienna, Tripwolf is a mobile social travel guide that does just that — it pairs travel …