By Porter Anderson | @Porter_Anderson The FutureBook: Orna Ross, the Pudding Would Like a Word At The FutureBook: What’s important is for all of us to remember that our words, our expressions of opinion, can be hurtful, wrong, unfair, damaging. It’s incumbent upon us to be careful. A tip from the long-lost arts of journalism: None […]
By Porter Anderson | @Porter_Anderson Writer Unboxed: Agreeable Disagreement We’re flagging these columns “Provocations in Publishing” because the industry! the industry! is one overwrought place these days. Have you noticed how many publishing people stage every disagreement as if it’s life and death? No Writer Unboxed reader would ever do this, of course. It’s the others we’re talking about. There […]
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It’s springtime for Amazon, and there’s more than one evolving new slant on the massive retailer in play at the moment. Between the monkey chatter and the growls of slow-moving traditionalists, hear it? A skip in the usual drumbeats. A new syncopation in the publishing jungle.
In a week of sometimes rancorous debate about the actions of the U.S. Department of Justice and the responses from sued publishers, an initially zany-disaster mode has darkened into a more serious tone. It’s a time when no one seems able to just be quiet.
A fifth of surveyed Americans have read an ebook, in a new study just out from Pew Internet; one publisher joins the discussion of authors and agents; Pottermore is off to a bustling start; and still we look for ways to make craft, creativity, and business work together. On the Ether.
Of course the Pottermore setup isn’t replicable by other authors. But there are parallels with the case of Amanda Hocking. While she and her DIY “vampyre” shtick also stand as unique among writers, her example of self-publisher-invited-in-from-the-cold changes authorial thinking. It’s the same with Rowling: anything but your everyday success, and yet, she has changed things.