‘Do You Love Your Publisher?’ #AuthorSay Is Hanging On Every Word

‘To Encourage More Professional Authors To Speak Out’ Originating with our report at The Bookseller’s The FutureBook in London, the news of a new online survey today (March 2) could mean a better understanding of authors’ experiences in what is sometimes called “legacy” publishing. A US-UK effort is gathering fresh perspectives on the “quiet side” of… Read More

#MSWL: Agents And Editors Calling Out Requests — To Authors

‘Play It Again, Sam’ For a long time, most author-agent communications on the front end have gone just that way — author to agent: the query letter. The query letter is so daunting for many writers that there are whole courses offered simply on how to write a good query letter, never mind the damned… Read More

AuthorEarnings: ISBN On Ice!

Everything’s Coming Up Indie. Right?  As slippery as the business of publishing-industry statistics is, the author Hugh Howey and his unnamed associate referred to as Data Guy have now given us a year of AuthorEarnings.com reports. This is a good thing. Despite Howey’s detractors and some of their misgivings, the AuthorEarnings series of interpretive essays have… Read More

#DBW15: So Shall You Reap? Success and ‘Investment’

Shot Out of a Cannon I’m told that there are people who find the holidays restful. I have yet to meet one of these extraordinary creatures, but I think they would find holding the publishing industry’s first grand-slam conference of the year in the second week of January to be a dandy thing. Bright-tailed and… Read More

#DBW15: Digital Book World surveys authors – 'Risks, Rewards, Commitment'

Have you ever actually seen an olive branch? Self-publishing has dramatically changed the freedom and control authors exercise over their writing careers. The self-publishing successes of top-selling and midlist authors have made it possible for many of them to earn more income from their writing and have raised questions about why authors need publishers. Those… Read More

#FutureChat recap: Crowdfunding's crowded fund of opinion

‘A writer’s work has value and should be paid for’ As our #FutureChat recap comes to the ether, my Bookseller colleague Philip Jones, inCornerstone in joint venture with Unbound,  is reporting that the UK’s Penguin Random House imprint Cornerstone will take over publishing trade editions of books crowdfunded on the Unbound platform. Jones writes: Unbound… Read More

Music For Writers: Martin Bresnick And The Terrible Beauty Of Sorrow

‘We Will Always Sing Such Songs Of Longing’ Each time I visited, my grandmother wept bitterly about the murder of her parents, her brother, her two sisters, and all their children. Can a child comfort a grandmother, a grandfather? I became a witness, a musician, and a composer. Martin Bresnick is a native New Yorker.… Read More

Opening a 'Cracked Eye': The short and the short of it

Follow @Porter_Anderson In short: Another online literary journal enters a crowded field A very crowded field. In fact, there are now so many books — and so many journals and magazines of fiction and other writings — that a new one based in London is banking on “short” as the ace up its sleeve. Short.… Read More

Music For Writers: Cerrone’s ‘Cities’ Of Ancient Urban Mythology

Turn Off The Lights I have to agree with Tony Frankel at Stage and Cinema on this one: Get into your headphones and shut your eyes. Invisible Cities wants to live inside your head. And the darker that place might be, the better. Never in all my travels had I ventured as far as Adelma.… Read More

Music For Writers: Seeing Through Philip Glass

‘The Trouble With My Career’  Once when I interviewed Philip Glass, he told me: The trouble with my career is I’m finally doing what I want to do. And the reason it’s a problem is that I’m doing it all day long and don’t have time to do anything else. And maybe the most remarkable thing… Read More