As former Knopf executive Jane Friedman says, the late-December death of Knopf’s Sonny Mehta has reminded many of ‘the glory days of publishing.’
In his exclusive column for Publishing Perspectives, Richard Charkin asks why ‘the largest advances … go to the authors who need the money least, and vice-versa?’ and other questions for a journal he’d call ‘Ask Emma.’
If “unputdownable” means “putdownable” and “educational publishing” is “anything that’s not trade publishing,” what does “quality” mean in an insider’s lexicon of the book industry? Ask Richard Charkin.
In a tightening market for fiction and especially for debut authors looking for that big break, editors can be choosier—and many are more dependent than ever on literary agents to find their next debuts.
Representing translation rights for contemporary Polish literature and co-owning a publishing house, Magdalena Dębowska worries that readership in Poland ‘is at an historic low.’
Three German companies, another from Belgium and one from the UK will pitch video game projects to specialists later this month at GamesCon in Cologne.
‘The world of publishing has evolved one small step and then stopped,’ says a digital entrepreneur, one of three whose Israeli startup is collaborating with the venerable Oxford University Press.
International publishing this season is downwind of hot blasts of political potentials that many feel could be damaging to our books industries and their readerships. Welcome to a summer of insecurity.
One literary agent’s story at this fourth iteration of the international conference was about selling 2,000 English-language titles into the Chinese market. Going the other direction? Not so easy.
With a new StoryDrive Asia event coming to Singapore, Beijing’s fourth annual iteration revved the potential gains that develop when content industries fuel each others’ expertise.