Are US Publishers Using E-books to Undermine Territorial Rights?

In What's the Buzz by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury Frankfurt Book Fair veteran agent Andrew Nurnberg has raised the specter of e-book deals being used to undermine territorial rights in an interview with Publishing Perspectives. But his fear that some American publishers may try to use e-book negotiations to break existing rights boundaries left other agents unruffled. Arguments about the primacy of authors’ relationships with their editors, …

Wylie’s Odyssey Editions Explained by Chad Post

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Over at the Three Percent blog, Chad Post of Open Letter Books (and next week’s guest editor on Publishing Perspectives) wrote a great in-depth article on Wylie’s Odyssey Editions. He looks at the holes (or lack thereof, depending on whose side you’re on) that exist in publishing contracts of the past which encouraged Wylie to begin publishing …

What’s the Worst Book Idea You’ve Ever Heard?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s story discusses the launch of the beta site Pubmission.com, which promises to streamline the process for submitting unagented manuscripts to publishers. In turn, Pubmission promises to relieve editors’ burden of dealing with the slush pile. Anyone working in publishing is likely to have heard hundreds of bad book ideas. The new blog SlushPile Hell, written by …

Unagented Writer? Editor Drowning in Slush? Pubmission.com Promises to Help

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka • Pubmission.com, which launched last Friday, offers writers an efficient means of submitting their unsolicited manuscripts to publishers, and publishers a way to sort through the slush. • “Publishers are overwhelmed and don’t want more manuscripts than they can handle. That’s where we come in,” says owner Wolf Hoelscher. FLATROCK, NC: “As somebody who went through the …

LeMOTif Reports on the Status of French Lit Agents

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: The presence of literary agents in France continues to be a hot topic, hot enough so that the regionally-funded French book “observatory”, Le MOTif, has just released an in-depth study entitled “The Literary Agent in France: realities and perspectives”. It follows the publication of numerous articles in the press and a 6-page summary on literary agents …