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 …

Which Chinese Books Do You Want Translated?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead article discusses the launch of the Peony Literary Agency in Hong Kong and Beijing. The firm already represents a number of bestselling Chinese writers that have yet to attract a Western publisher, most notably, Han Han (he was deemed the sixth richest writer in China), but has yet to be translated. Another is the novel …

Is the Cliche of the Culturally Insulated American a Myth?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead article by Emily Williams looks at the question of why so few foreign writers make it into print in the US. It’s by know become well known that approximately 3% of books published in the US are translations (and I would guess that number would be significantly smaller as soon as you factor in self-published …