PP Weekly Poll: Going Digital

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson This is our second weekly poll where we ask what you think and how you are shaping the publishing industry. We report the results of every poll on Friday. This week’s edition asks what digital topics you would like to learn more about. What kinds of problems do you need to solve during your regular work day …

Melville House on How to Market Foreign Fiction by a Dead Author

In What's the Buzz by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti I want to thank Ed for letting me take a turn guest-editing Publishing Perspectives while he takes a well-deserved break — even if, in Ed’s case, it’s a working vacation. It’s been amazing to witness the growth of Publishing Perspectives in the last year-and-a-half: it’s hard to believe it was only at BEA 2009 that Ed first …

Is Apple Guilty of Censorship?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead article David Carnoy discusses his leap from DIY digital publishing to conventional print publishing. In the piece, he describes how his original submission of his novel as an iPhone App was rejected on the grounds of censorship. After some pruning of “F-bombs” from the novel, it was accepted. Apple’s Steve Jobs has been quoted …

The Rise of the Author-Entrepreneur

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Anna Lewis, director, CompletelyNovel.com LONDON: When you think of an author, particularly one who writes fiction, the image that springs to mind is not someone in a suit carrying a briefcase and a Blackberry. Unless it’s a tweed suit. And the Blackberry is actually a piece of fruit. However, some entrepreneurial zeal to complement the creative spirit is becoming …

Taking a Page from Conservatives, Barry Eisler Recruits Liberal Media to Promote New Novel

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The vocal right wing of American politics has proven a highly effective marketing machine for books. Pundit Glenn Beck has been called a “right wing Oprah” for his support of politically aligned novelists  such as Brad Thor and Vince Flynn. Beck, no stranger to fiction himself -– his new novel The Overton Window was published last week …

German Buch News: Libri, KNV End Distribution Agreement; Salt is Cookbook of the Year

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German book wholesalers Libri and KNV are ending their year-long experiment in combined distribution on December 31st. According to Buchreport, the fact that the two wholesalers had very different systems and procedures prevented them from realizing the cost savings they’d anticipated. In addition, certain regions lacked infrastructure for distribution leading to further problems. LitVideo and Lübbe are working …

What Does a Book Ad Cost? And Who’s Gonna Pay?

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Chris Artis In 1966, Jacqueline Susann’s tireless and often shameless promotional efforts for her classic best-seller Valley of the Dolls “created a new way of selling a novel” in the words of legendary Simon and Schuster Editor Michael Korda. Indeed, they helped propel it to the top position on bestseller lists around the world. Still, decades later, publishers generally maintain …

Re-thinking the Publisher/Author Partnership

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Robert Miller NEW YORK: I’ve just read M.J. Rose’s editorial from last Friday, “Publishers Must Change the Way Authors Get Paid,” and I couldn’t agree more that it’s time to re-think the publisher/author relationship.  M.J. deserves credit for moving this conversation forward; indeed, for years M.J. has shown by her own example how authors can and should be full …