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leeandlow:

Great NYT article: “Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” Read the full article here.
leeandlow:

Great NYT article: “Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” Read the full article here.

leeandlow:

Great NYT article: “Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” Read the full article here.

nprbooks:

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Today in Book News: Hachette Book Group says it is cutting 28 positions, about 3 percent of its U.S. staff, as a “cost-savings initiative.” The news comes as the publisher is embroiled in a high-profile dispute with Amazon, which has removed the option to preorder a number of Hachette titles online. But Publishers Weekly notes that “while the timing seems to point to its fight with Amazon as a reason for the cuts, the realignment has been in the works for awhile.” 
Also in the news, Stephen Colbert gives Amazon the middle finger (literally and metaphorically), Ruth Graham takes aim at adult YA fans over at Slate, and Harper Lee ends her lawsuit against a museum in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala.
Read more here.

Woah, this is a lot of important news, guys.
I’ve been meaning to write an analysis of that Slate article, maybe this weekend!
nprbooks:

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Today in Book News: Hachette Book Group says it is cutting 28 positions, about 3 percent of its U.S. staff, as a “cost-savings initiative.” The news comes as the publisher is embroiled in a high-profile dispute with Amazon, which has removed the option to preorder a number of Hachette titles online. But Publishers Weekly notes that “while the timing seems to point to its fight with Amazon as a reason for the cuts, the realignment has been in the works for awhile.” 
Also in the news, Stephen Colbert gives Amazon the middle finger (literally and metaphorically), Ruth Graham takes aim at adult YA fans over at Slate, and Harper Lee ends her lawsuit against a museum in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala.
Read more here.

Woah, this is a lot of important news, guys.
I’ve been meaning to write an analysis of that Slate article, maybe this weekend!

nprbooks:

Image via Getty

Today in Book NewsHachette Book Group says it is cutting 28 positions, about 3 percent of its U.S. staff, as a “cost-savings initiative.” The news comes as the publisher is embroiled in a high-profile dispute with Amazon, which has removed the option to preorder a number of Hachette titles online. But Publishers Weekly notes that “while the timing seems to point to its fight with Amazon as a reason for the cuts, the realignment has been in the works for awhile.” 

Also in the news, Stephen Colbert gives Amazon the middle finger (literally and metaphorically), Ruth Graham takes aim at adult YA fans over at Slate, and Harper Lee ends her lawsuit against a museum in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala.

Read more here.

Woah, this is a lot of important news, guys.

I’ve been meaning to write an analysis of that Slate article, maybe this weekend!

randomhouse:

Penguin Random House: 250 imprints, 1 great new look. Want to know more?

I love this animation!

But I still think they should’ve been called Random Penguin.

As a person who knows a lot of writers and editors, I would venture that brain drain is a real threat. If books do decline and become more generic because Amazon is hoarding the revenue, the readers will be slow to notice. How do you notice a great book that never gets written?
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Evan Hughes, Bringing Down the Hachette

This is a really interesting consideration of how the Amazon v. Hachette battle affects authors. 

If you’re a writer (or want to be), read this book!

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I’ve harped on this before, but Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird has to be my favorite book on writing (and life, as the title notes).

It was recommended to me by a creative writing professor I had in college and it just makes you feel better about being a writer, and how hard it is. Plus it’s full of a zillion awesome tips for being a writerfrom the writer’s lifestyle, to the mental/emotional hardships we face, to the actual writing.

Check it!

In a sense, Michael Pietsch is like ‘Horatius at the Bridge,’ ” says the literary agent and former Amazon executive Laurence J. Kirshbaum, referring to the soldier of legend who single-handedly saved ancient Rome by fighting off an invading army. “He is carrying the rest of the industry on his back.
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Jonathan Mahler, Hachette Chief Leads Book Publishers in Amazon Fight, New York Times

The funny thing about this article versus the title is that it sounds like this guy really doesn’t want to be the Publishers vs. Amazon mascot. But I guess that’s the nature of the beast.

I’ll keep posting articles about this Hachette v. Amazon thing, it’s really interesting and so relevant to all of us!

Your actions to raise the prices of our books, place banners touting books that ‘are similar but lower in price’ and saying that our books will ship in 3-5 weeks when they are in stock is not only a disgusting negotiation practice, but it has made me tell my readers to shop elsewhere — and they are and will.
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Nina Laden, as quoted in David Streitfield and Melissa Eddy’s NYT Piece Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers

Way to be sketchy, Amazon!

So you want to be an editor?

anodal asked:

Do you have any resources, advise, or tips on how to pursue a career in editing? I’ve done some research already but it’s still pretty confusing…

Aaaaahh, the young person who dreams of being an editor. I have so much advice for you!!

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kaylapocalypse:

I think the moment my query letters started working is the moment when I stopped writing about my book series like someone who gave birth to a beautiful child and started writing about it like a store associate on commission trying to get someone to buy something like a refrigerator or new shoes.

And Yeah Write decreed, This is the most real publishing-related post ever published to the Tumblr!

In its drive for profitability, Amazon did not raise retail prices; it simply squeezed its suppliers harder, much as Walmart had done with manufacturers. Amazon demanded ever-larger co-op fees and better shipping terms; publishers knew that they would stop being favored by the site’s recommendation algorithms if they didn’t comply. Eventually, they all did. (Few customers realize that the results generated by Amazon’s search engine are partly determined by promotional fees.) Sales meetings in Seattle were now all about payments, not new books, and the size of orders was predicated on algorithms, rather than on the enthusiasm of the publishers’ sales staff and Amazon’s own buyers, who were rebranded as “inventory managers.” Brad Stone describes one campaign to pressure the most vulnerable publishers for better terms: internally, it was known as the Gazelle Project, after Bezos suggested “that Amazon should approach these small publishers the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle.” (Company lawyers later changed the name to the Small Publisher Negotiation Program.)
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from Is Amazon Bad for Books? (via calhoun)

Ewwwwwwww