People tend to tune out when they hear the words “productivity commission”, “parallel importation restrictions”, and “book publishing industry” in the same sentence. It’s a complicated issue, but trust me, it’s one you need to care about because the threat and danger is appallingly simple: our very culture is at stake.
The Dakotas Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) is hosting its 2016 conference, “The Business of Writing and Illustrating,” on June 11 at the Holiday Inn City Center in Sioux Falls. Optional workshops will be offered on June 10.
The conference is for writers, illustrators, and anyone interested in creating children’s and young adult books or magazine articles.
The AAP released its latest sales numbers today, for January through December 2015. Overall sales were up 0.8 percent to $7.2 billion compared to $7.1 billion in 2014.
Overall publisher revenue for 2015, however, was $15.4 billion, down 2.6 percent from the previous year.
Quarto Publishing Group USA, the U.S. division of the leading global illustrated book publisher and distributor, The Quarto Group, is seeking an Acquiring Editor for our NYC office location. This position is responsible for content acquisition and book development. The Acquiring Editor supports the effort to create a cohesive, high-level publishing program. They take into account current trends, the interests and needs of our core audience, and the broader marketplace to create beautiful, in-demand books and products. This hands-on position will work with the Group Publisher to evaluate, acquire, and develop proposals from concept through production.
Man Booker winner Marlon James says he was turned down 78 times before getting published, and his long search for recognition is not unique. Find out how much you know about the history of literary rebuffs with our quiz on the great rejected books.
Never judge a book by its cover. So the saying goes, yet consumers do it all the time. Every publisher and bookseller knows that covers sell books. But do consumers also form expectations from looking at the cover? Well, based on the results of some of the initial reader analytics data at Jellybooks, we think they do.
As I discussed in my November column, there are many venues to explore in getting your writing project published. From traditional publishing to print-on-demand services and from hybrid to self-publishing options, there are many considerations in terms of profitable publishing options for your book and what will increase the potential success, financial and critical, of a written project.
One of the great things about working on a writers' site is that you get to see a lot of enthusiastic and exciting new writers. The flip side of this, however, is that you also meet a lot of jaded, bitter writers, who have come to the conclusion that there is some kind of "problem" with the publishing industry, given up any hope of ever seeing their work in print, and spend their days whinging about the terrible scourge of capitalism in the publishing world, blinding people to the value of true art.
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