Is this Holiday Punch Spiked or Was 2010 a Year of Hope?

In Guest Contributors by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Looking back on 2010, I see a year of hope and success, enthusiasm and ingenuity, and a renewed vision for book publishing around the world. As a literary agent, this year has been challenging: books that would’ve sold three years ago are being roundly passed on (“I like it, I don’t love it”), the midlist is …

What Makes a Game Changer?

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Today in the Huffington Post, author Jason Pinter published a piece called the “12 Game Changers in Publishing.”  While I appreciated Pinter’s attempt to celebrate those innovative people in publishing that the Huffington Post “100 Game Changers” neglected to list, I didn’t find his list all that comprehensive or, well, game-changing. Other than two of the …

HuffPo on What Motivates Book Buyers

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Over at the Huffington Post, Arielle Ford asked her network of friends what motivates them to buy the books they do. While this may not be the most scientific study on book buying habits, it does give some insight into what factors are most important to readers. Among the reasons listed are: Book clubs Newspaper reviews Friend …

What’s The Buzz: Bloggers Must Disclose Freebies; HuffPo Does Books

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Twitter is abuzz with the news that the Federal Trade Commission in the United States has released new rules stating that bloggers who write reviews must now disclose when they’ve received a free product from a company in exchange for promotion. Non-compliance, as Publishers Marketplace points out, can result in as much as an $11,000 fine. Among …