Top US/UK Trade Talk: Comic-Con, Random vs. UK Agents

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

Magazines and newspapers

San Diego Comic-Con International dominated the blogs and the Web over the weekend. We’ll have a report out in a few days. In the meantime it’s worthwhile checking out PW’s coverage, where Calvin Reid noted that the first day of the show was “strangely subdued, despite being packed with fans,” and “the biggest announcements focused on digital delivery of comics.”

In London, the Bookseller describes a growing fight between Random House and literary agents who accuse the publisher of offering lower royalty rates to for e-books than competing publishers. Agent Carole Blake of Blake Friedmann is quoted as saying Random House insists on offering “17.5% or 20%… ¬†when every other publisher in the UK has gone public on 25%.”

Back in the US, Publishers Lunch offered a brief obituary for writer E. Lynn Harris, who was described as both a”pioneer of gay black fiction” and “literary entrepreneur.” Harris died while on tour for his latest book, Basketball Jones; he wrote eleven novels in all, many of which were phenomenal bestsellers.

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Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.