Hoaxes, Cons and Lies: A Literary Quiz

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Adam Langer If I could blame any particular place or event for giving me the idea to write a novel about con artists scamming the publishing industry, it would have to be BookExpo America. It was at the Javits Center in New York City that I was first introduced to young, soon-to-be-infamous author James Frey. At the Staples Center …

Does the Book Biz Set Up Second Books to Fail?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story recounts the travails of various authors, agents and editors in dealing with selling, writing and publishing second books. It’s long been held that a “second book jinx” exists. Do you think it’s true? Personally, I have several friends who have struggled with their second books. But the reason has as much to do with …

The Second Book Conundrum: Selling It, Writing It, Publishing It

In Growth Markets by Rachel Aydt

By Rachel Aydt • Some people think that there’s a “second book jinx.” Is it real? • Writers, editors and publicists explain the challenges facing those who want to publish a successful follow-up. The pressure of high expectations makes second books a peculiar business. Depending on your relationship to the project, whether you’re the author or the agent, the editor …

Pilgrimages: African Travel Writing, By and For Africans

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats In hopes of extending the positive attention about Africa stemming from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, The Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artist is sponsoring a writing project called Pilgrimages. The idea for the series is that during Africa’s first World Cup, 14 African writers will be sent to 13 different African cities …

The Death of “Submit-Wait-Pray”: Self Publishing as a Cottage Industry

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Angela K. Durden ATLANTA: As late as the start of the twentieth century, cottage industries supported many families. When automation arrived, “cottage industry” became an undeserved term for substandard work. But the cottage industry has made a comeback. I know, because I am one. So are my co-authors — Marla Brown, Eleanor Morgan, and Peggy Parks. After meeting through …

Does Working in Publishing Help or Hinder Your Writing?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at how Vintage Books publicist Sloane Crosley balances her day job with her night time passion. It’s often said that everyone in publishing secretly wants to be a writer. But is working in publishing really a good idea for a writer? What does all the exposure to the treadmill of new books, underwhelming …

Tag Team: YA Authors Mechling, Moser on Collaboration in the Digital Age

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

Lauren Mechling and Laura Moser have been co-authors of teen novels for nearly a decade. Their latest collaboration My Darklyng is a young adult novel running on Slate.com (with enhanced features unfolding on Facebook, Twitter, and other dark corners of the Internet) throughout the summer. Pros as tag-team fiction-writing, Mechling and Moser are taking their first a stab at co-authored …

Is Bookselling a Good or Bad Job for a Writer?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka I often people that I learned more over the four years I spent working in a bookstore than I did at university. It’s true — being around all those books and being responsible for them was genuinely enlightening. On the other hand, as an aspiring writer, there were days when I looked at all those books, particularly …

What Types of Books are Better Served by Authors Collaborating?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead article author Clay Shirky notes that intense collaboration is changing the very definition of the word author. “So a bunch of stuff that used to be done by individuals is now being done by groups, when groups can do it better,” he says. What types of books are better served by authors collaborating, than …