PUBLISHING NEWS – QUICK BYTES

Writing Tips and InfoFrom WIRED.com –
Genre Markets Leading E-Book Explosion – “One of the biggest success stories in U.S. publishing in recent years has been the continued growth of digital book publishing. Even more surprising, publishers have focused much of their attention on genres like sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, and romance fiction – markets that have traditionally lagged behind ‘literary fiction’ in terms of sales.” For the full article, which is definitely worth reading, go to http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/06/digital-publishing-genre-fiction/all/1.

Random House Rescinds Controversial E-Book Contact After Online Outrage – “When Random House unveiled three new e-book imprints last week — and revamped an [existing] one — to give the publishing giant a beachhead in the growing world of genre digital publishing, things didn’t end up going so well. The problem was the contracts offered by the Loveswept, Hydra, Flirt and Alibi imprints, which put a new financial burden on writers while simultaneously removing the payment of advances and extending publishing rights through the length of copyright.

In response to leaked versions of the contract, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America announced that the imprints “cannot be use[d] as credentials for SFWA membership,” nor would [they] be considered an approved market due to the non-payment of writers, with SFWA president and author John Scalzi calling the contract “genuinely shameful” and “A HORRIBLE AWFUL TERRIBLE APPALLING CONTRACT WHICH IS BAD AND NO WRITER SHOULD SIGN IT EVER.”

Click here to read the full article and the compromise made for the contracts in dispute: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/03/scalzi-e-book-authors/

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Indie Book Stores ARE NOT Gone! “Most states have more traditional bookstores than big-box stores, and in 10 states, the ration of traditional bookstores to big-box stores was 2:1 or greater…” Take a look right here and then reach out and begin to build real relationships with some in your area! http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/57631-where-the-stores-are.html

Until Wednesday, keep reading and writing!! Nancy Q.

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About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014.
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