Rest in Peace: Mystery Bookseller David Thompson

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka I was shocked to learn this morning that David Thompson, co-owner of Houston’s Murder by the Book, died suddenly earlier this week. David was a stellar bookseller and one of the most knowledgeable people I ever met with regards to mystery and thriller fiction. He was a true champion of reading and a publisher in his own …

#PubQT with Ed Nawotka and Ron Hogan, Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. EST

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Ron Hogan and I are hosting our weekly #PubQT on Twitter — won’t you join us? What do you want to know about the publishing industry? Are you looking for tips on what author marketing techniques really work? Is that new e-reader device really a game changer? What’s the real significance about that executive shuffle you just heard …

Reminder: Today’s #PubQT with Ed Nawotka and Ron Hogan

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We know there’s a certain soccer match on the television this afternoon (go Holland!), but won’t you join Ron Hogan and myself today for #PubQT on Twitter? What do you want to know about the publishing industry? Are you looking for tips on what author marketing techniques really work? Is that new e-reader device really a game …

When Will Self-Published Works Be Reviewed in the Mainstream Media?

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka As today’s lead story by Anna Lewis explains, self published authors are becoming increasingly sophisticated by the day, particularly when it comes to marketing and promotion. Yet, it seems, while these authors are able to sell and promote their books, they’ve by and large yet to crack what is potentially the largest nut of all: the mainstream …

Publishing on the iPad: “Like Playing 3-D Checkers”

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sports Illustrated magazine was among the first major magazines to release a demo for tablets and the iPad. Their original offered some gee-whiz features – but was a prototype. The magazine has had an app available for the iPad since April, but this week it releases its first issue designed specifically for the iPad and it’s interesting …

Our Editor on C-SPAN Discussing the Digital Future

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka At BEA this year I had the privilege to sit on a panel hosted by the National Book Critics Circle about the effect e-reading is having on criticism and book reviews. The panelists included myself, Jane Ciabattari, president, National Book Critics Circle; Carolyn Kellogg, book blogger, The Los Angeles Times; Denise Oswald, editorial director, Soft Skull Press; Nicholas Latimer, director of publicity, Knopf, and …

New Writing from Nairobi: Storymoja’s “Story of the Week”

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Storymoja, the Nairobi-based publishing collective that we profiled last year, is running a weekly short story contest. Publishers looking for new African voices might do well by paying attention to some of the winners. Stories that qualify for the contest need to adhere to certain criteria: Contemporary Nairobi setting Has two or more young professionals as main characters …

Wen Huang’s “Coffin Keeper” in the Paris Review

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Our good friend and frequent contributor Wenguang Huang has published excerpt of his forthcoming memoir in the new issue of The Paris Review, alongside interviews with novelist David Mitchell, cartoonist R. Crumb, and fiction from Katherine Dunn, Colum McCann, and Ann Beattie. The piece, entitled “Coffin Keeper,” begins: “When I was nine, I shared my bedroom with …

Book Review: Justin Cronin’s “The Passage” is Scary Good

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Houston, we have an apocalypse… It starts when a Houston housewife in tennis whites pulls over her gleaming black Denali to give a homeless man $20. That innocent encounter ends luridly, like so many of the true-crime stories that come from the nation’s fourth-largest city, with the woman floating dead in her pool and the man, named …