Best of 2012 (So Far): Self Publishing and Children’s Books

In Children's by Hannah Johnson

This week, Publishing Perspectives looks back on the first half of 2012 with stories that changed our perspective and shaped the industry. We will return to our regular publishing schedule next week. Enjoy!

Self Publishing

Booktango and the Future of DIY E-book Publishing
“[W]hile everyone won’t be successful, everyone will have the opportunity to be successful,” says Author Solutions’ Keith Ogorek of emerging self-publishers.

Is KDP Select Salvation or Damnation for Indie Authors?
Carolyn McCray, one of Kindle Selects’ top selling authors, demonstrates how to take best advantage of this marketing opportunity for self-publishers.

Why Writers Need Publishers…Or Do They?
Given the number of public attacks on the value of publishers, why have so few writers abandoned their existing publishers? There are some very good reasons.

Children’s and YA Books

Why Children’s Publishing Needs Freelance Editors Now
Former in-house editor Emma Dryden on going solo and the growing need for unaffiliated editors and consultants in the changing children’s publishing market.

YA Fiction at BEA 2012: Not Chasing Trends, Making Them
“As subsequent stories creep out from the epicenter, the work becomes more diluted,” said one novelist at BEA’s YA Buzz panel, where hot titles were showcased.

About the Author

Hannah Johnson

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Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.