Have Online Ads Led You to New Authors?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at a quiet advertising program offered by Goodreads.com which claims to have achieved good results. Have you ever tried a new author because of an online ad? If so, what was it that made you click on it? And do you find non-book related ads distracting or otherwise inappropriate on literary Web sites? …

New ARTErra Artist Colony in Portugal Taking Applications

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka I have several friends who are writers who don’t seem to have a home, but instead travel from artist colony to artist colony — with irregular stops at universities for teaching gigs and home to sort the mail. Thinking of those homeless nomads, I thought it would be a good idea to starting highlighting opportunities for writers …

World’s Top Writers Hate Brad Meltzer

In News by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Yesterday, to the surprise of the literary world, many of the world’s top writers signed a petition to ask New York Times bestselling writer Brad Meltzer, author of such books as The Book of Fate and the forthcoming Heroes for my Son, to stop writing.  The petition, signed at the annual meeting of The Writer’s Club, states that …

What Makes for Effective Publisher Branding?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Erin Cox urges publishers to pour effort and resources into branding themselves, essentially making their colophons and imprints into part of the sales pitch they make to customers with each and every book. As discussed in the article, there are a variety of reasons to do this, not the least of which is …

Do Analytics and Fan Interaction Help or Hinder Authors?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses what the book contract of the future might entail. A big part of that future is the new resource of online analytics that will enable authors to engage more fully and in real time with their readers, typically through blogging or social media. As Liz Bury, author of the article, explained to me …

Author Contracts 2.0: Putting Cash Before Copyright and Control

In Digital by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury In the world of multi-channel digital distribution the future author contract is likely to put transparency and cash flow above copyright protection, as a new working dynamic emerges between publishers and authors. The advent of digital distribution means that authors should “surrender to the inevitable” and let go of control of their work, said Clive Rich, principal …

PEN World Voices Festival: 150 Authors, 40 Countries

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Mark your calendars: The schedule for the PEN World Voices Festival was released today. You can read it here. A few of the writers featured include: Mohsin Hamid, László Krasznahorkai, Andrea Levy, Yiyun Li, Daniele Mastrogiacomo, Sofi Oksanen, Atiq Rahimi, Salman Rushdie, Alberto Ruy-Sanchez, Patti Smith, Andrzej Stasiuk, and recent Publishing Perspectives contributor Miguel Syjuco. The Festival …

Can the Mega-author Exist Without the Mega-bookstore?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In our lead article today, Liz Bury writes about the launch of Mills & Boon India, prompted in part by the widespread use of English, globalized communications and the growth of India’s middle-class, which likes to shop in the new chain bookstores and supermarket-style outlets in India’s metro centers and their newly-built shopping malls. The shift has …

Is Amazon’s 70% Royalty on E-books Worth the Restrictions?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Emily Williams questions the “exclusive” status of Amazon.com e-book deals with Paulo Coelho and Harvard Business Review Press.  As she demonstrates, both Coelho and Harvard Business Review Press have offered e-book versions of their work for sometime, including titles that overlap with Amazon’s offerings. Of course, the news that these two well-known brands …