Are Fairy Tale Endings Inspirational or Merely Anti-Climactic?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story author Franz Wisner writes about how his first book about being left at the altar, Honeymoon with My Brother, unexpectedly led him into a new romance — one that eventually led to marriage. (Not before he was able to write his latest book, How the World Makes Love.) A similar thing happened to Eat, …

My Publisher, My Wing Man

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Franz Wisner Why stop at piddly promotions or insufficient inventory when you can blame your publisher for every setback in life? A cavity? The scoundrels diverted me from quality floss time. Bounced check? Sorry, Mr. Banker. I used publisher math. With my latest book, How the World Makes Love, I had a change of heart. My publisher gave me an assist …

Hate Valentine’s Day and Want to Commiserate?

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox This Sunday is Valentine’s Day, a day marked, at least in the US, by flowers, chocolate, cards, and romantic evenings…but what happens if you don’t have a love to share the day with?  Below are some publications that take an interesting twist on the day of love: The New Yorker is requesting Dear John letters from their …

Go to Hell! Dante’s Inferno Turned Into a Videogame

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Yes, it’s true…Entertainment Arts has turned Dante’s Inferno into a video game — it’s available for your PSP, X-Box and Playstation 3. Oh. My. God. And the tagline is, natch “Go to Hell!” National Public Radio in the United States has an interview with the game’s creator. Wired has a review and also offers ten more literary classics it …

What are Your “Best Practices” for Publishing Career Development?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, Andrew  R. Malkin, VP of Book Content for Zinio, discusses the stages of his publishing career to date and offers five pieces of advice on how to navigate the choppy seas of the publishing world. There have been plenty of individuals in publishing around the world forced to reinvent themselves in the last year, …

Are Graphic Novels Ideally Suited to Digital?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

by Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Alex de Campi describes the publication of Valentine, a serialized, digital-first graphic novel that is being translated and published simultaneously in 14 languages. It’s an amazing feat, and one that makes sense when one considers the relatively small amount of text on the typical page of a graphic novel. At the same time, …

The Digital Book in Practice: Valentine’s 14 Languages, Multiple Formats, Wireless Delivery

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Alex de Campi BROOKLYN: Imagine a graphic novel series, released every month simultaneously in 14 languages and across all major wireless platforms (Kindle, e-Reader, Android phone, iPhone), hopefully soon via the Web and, eventually, in collected print editions. Every month, you pay 99 cents and get 70-75 screens of action, adventure and suspense. In its first fortnight after launch, in …

Amazon Wants You to Touch Their Kindle

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Not willing to concede the “gee-whiz-that’s-awesome” PR to Apple, the news has leaked that Amazon has bought Touchco — a six-person start-up that was working to develop touch sensitive overlays for handheld electronic devices. In its coverage, the New York Times interviewed Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Lazard Capital, who said the move “would suggest Amazon is …