Is Giving Too Much Away A Good Idea?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka For a long while now publishers have released sample chapters online to give readers a sense of what a book might be like. You can have them e-mailed to you, download them, or browse for them on the Web. Then there’s Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature and others that allow you to “browse” the flaps and opening of …

“Trust Me” Isn’t a Good Sales Pitch (for a Lover or a Book)

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Kevin Smokler “Move along!” That’s what my meaner self tells me to say when I meet publishers, event producers and literary magazine editors whose mission/passion is “bold new fiction.”  Move along. I’ve no room for you in this life and probably not the next one. I feel terrible about this.  I write about and discuss books for fun, …

Book Review: Why Poetry Matters Beyond Mere Money

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

Why Poetry Matters by Jay Parini Reviewed by Mark Garcia-Prats In the opening line of his book, Why Poetry Matters, Jay Parini concedes, “Poetry doesn’t matter to most people.”  That comes as no surprise to anyone aware of poetry’s relevance (or lack there of) in popular culture. Contrary to popular belief (especially among poets), poetry is not “under attack,” writes Parini, …

Is $0.99 the Fair Price for a Poem?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka As discussed in our lead article today, PoetrySpeaks.com is a place for poets to gather online, for readers to browse new work, and a place for poets to make a little money for their effort. The site allows poets to sell individual poems much the same way a band might offer a single for sale on iTunes, …

Can Poetry Turn a Profit Online?

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Mark Garcia-Prats Even for a poetry lover, PoetrySpeaks.com (PS) can be overwhelming. The site features poetry blogs, weekly highlighted poets, and — perhaps of most importance — a fully-searchable archive of poems (available to purchase in both text and audio format). There’s also a poetry book store and a forum to post and view video of poetry performances. The …

Books to Film/TV Have Their Night at The Golden Globes

In News by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Last night, the 67th Annual Golden Globes brought a few awards for films and roles based on books.  Meryl Streep won Best Actress in a Comedy for her role as Julia Child in “Julie and Julia,” based on Julie Powell’s memoir of the same name.  Mo’Nique won for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Precious: …

“E” is for Experiment (Not E-books)

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez The year 2010 will undoubtedly be the year of “e,” but it’s not going to stand for e-book; it will stand for experimentation. Experimentation with contracts, rights, formats and distribution channels; experimentation that will certainly include e-books, and rightfully so, but they won’t be the central focus — for publishers nor readers. Upon the Kindle’s …

Publishing Expats: Working in France, Germany, Estonia and Ireland

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Some do it for love. Others for adventure. Many just want a simple change of pace. Moving abroad has its clear advantages and can be rife with challenges, but in the past decade, a number of Americans in publishing have been unable to resist the siren song of the expat lifestyle and have moved to Europe — …