Twain is Still Prolific: 500,000 Word Memoirs Coming Soon

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley will finally release the first volume of Mark Twain’s autobiography — an eventual trilogy — that will run to half a million words in all, according to The Independent. The book will be culled from some 5,000 unedited pages Twain left behind when he died in 1910 and …

Should Publishers Consider a Return to Door-to-door Sales?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Publishers seem to know precious little about their customers. But as discussed in our lead story today, there is one way to get to know them: meet them face to face. It’s labor intensive, has low returns, but done in a limited fashion might offer dividends in the long run. And, it’s not as outrageous as an …

Job Listing: Community Manager at Penguin Group (USA)

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

From Penguin Group (USA): We are currently seeking a Community Manager for a new online project. This is a unique opportunity for someone with strong editorial skills and web knowledge to take on a non-traditional and entrepreneurial role within the company. Specifically, the Community Manager: **Please note that many of the details of the position are confidential at this stage.** …

WordPress as a Publishing Platform?

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson There is an interesting post on the O’Reilly Tools of Change Blog today by Hugh McGuire about using WordPress as a book publishing platform. McGuire is the co-founder of Book Oven, which “helps teams of people turn manuscripts into finished books, and then publish them.” Basically, it provides an online environment for editing and producing a book. …

Whatever Happened to US Spanish-language Publishing?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, we look at how one small bilingual Spanish-English publisher makes the most out of cross-border collaboration. Less than a decade ago, Spanish-language US publishing was all the rage, with new imprints opening at most of the major publishing houses? But years later, the excitement is gone, despite the fact that the Spanish-speaking populating …

The Arte Público Alternative: How One Small Press Tackles Foreign Sales and Distribution

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

In the lead up to next week’s BookExpo America, where Spain is the focus of the Global Market Forum, we offer a look at how one bilingual Spanish-English publisher makes the most out of cross-border collaboration. By Dr. Nicolás Kanellos HOUSTON: As the director of non-profit Arte Público Press (APP), a program of the University of Houston that focuses on publishing …

Publishers, Panels, Parties: Tell Us What We Should Cover at BEA

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka As BEA event director Steven Rosato explains in our lead story today, there’s a plethora of things to do and see at this year’s BookExpo America. So, we’re asking you, our dear readers, what specific events, topics, panels, conversations, parties, publishers would you like to see us cover in our special daily updates. Let us know in …

The Best Kinds of Authors are the Ones Who Get You Drunk

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Let me start by writing a disclaimer.  Please drink responsibly…and preferably with a mixologist on-hand!  That’s what I did Sunday night at The Manhattan Cocktail Classic Event, “Chasing the White Dog in Manhattan: The History of Moonshine with the Legendary Junior Johnson and the Craft Distilling of Today.” My friends and mixologists Paul Zablocki and Steve …

Second Novel Sophomore Slump: Myth or Reality?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s feature story Glenn Taylor writes about the various questions an author is confronted with on publishing a book. One of those questions is whether or not there really is a sophomore slump. It’s an important question, particularly for Taylor, who is facing pressure to deliver a follow-up to a debut that was unexpectedly shortlisted for …