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Top 5 Publishing News Stories 1/15-1/19

number_5_orangeEvery week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.

After nearly a decade, sister sites The Awl and The Hairpin are shutting down.

New Goodreads Giveaways rules may limit options for authors.

Some indie bookstores have repurposed Trump’s controversial comments to sell books.

PBS announced its lineup for The Great American Read.

Margaret Atwood drew criticism for her stance on the #MeToo movement. 

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 1/8-1/12

number_5_orangeEvery week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.

Milo Yiannopoulos will now represent himself in the case against Simon & Schuster.

Penguin Random House bought Rodale’s trade book assets.

PEN America and PEN Center USA are merging this year.

Macmillan refused to back down from publishing Fire & Fury.

Big management changes were made at F+W

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 1/1-1/5

number_5_orangeEvery week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.

An explosive new book about the Trump White House has been released early.

Jacqueline Woodson is the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

The Strand’s heir and owner, Fred Bass, died this week.

The Richard Avedon Foundation called for a new book about the photographer to be withdrawn from publication. 

At the Brontë Society, the appointment of Lily Cole prompted one member’s resignation.

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 12/25-12/29

number_5_orangeEvery week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.

Joyce Carol Oates drew criticism after tweeting about sensitivity readers.

Audiobook subscription site Playster is raising its prices and limiting its collection.

Amazon‘s Alexa had its best year yet, with the app hitting #1 in the App Store for the first time.

Amazon also acquired a wireless security camera company.

New court documents have made Milo Yiannopoulos’s former editor’s notes on Dangerous public.

 

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 12/18-12/22

number_5_orangeEvery week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.

Writer Patrice Nganang has been detained in Cameroon for publishing an article critical of the government.

The author of the viral hit “Cat Person” got a seven-figure book deal

Amid a feud with Cornel West, Ta-Nehisi Coates deleted his Twitter account

A Washington Post article about Jane Austen drew swift backlash.

Electric Literature‘s Okey-Panky is transforming as its editor-in-chief departs.

Fifth Annual Best of the Best of 2017 Lists

It’s the end of the year, and the internet is ablaze with opinions. Many of them are bad, but the ones about books are good. Here at Trendsetter, we have a tradition of compiling these hot, and not-so-hot, takes into our own annual retrospective. So let’s take a look at the year that was the best way we know how: by tallying up all the reading we have left to do.

Best list of words most often used on our homepage.

Best list of books by black authors.

Best list of books by Latinx authors.

Best list of books you can judge by their covers.

Best list of best epigraphs.

Best list of books to buy (for yourself or others) for Christmas.

Best list of long reads from Longreads.

Best list of books about music from a website that knows about music.

Best list to use for constructing your Tournament of Books bracket.

Best list of publishing trends to include both unicorns and serial killers.

Best list of debuts, in case you need motivation to finish your novel.

And the perennials:

Best list of what your faves read and loved.

Best ruthlessly comprehensive guide to this year’s top reads.

Best list of best-of lists.

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 12/11-12/15

number_5_orangeEvery week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.

The Merriam-Webster word of the year is “feminism.”

The Handmaid’s Tale was 2017’s most-read Kindle and Audible book.

Skyhorse Publishing will not unionize for now.

Amazon announced a new review policy to fight spammers.

A children’s book by James Baldwin will be reissued next year.

Bonus: an AI-generated Harry Potter chapter went viral this week. 

Goodbye Trendsetter!

Trendsetters, it’s time. After over four (!) years here and Publishing Trendsetter/Market Partners International, I’m moving on to a new job at HarperCollins.

When I started here, Trendsetter was one of the things I was most excited about being a part of, and that enthusiasm remains. I love helping folks understand the publishing industry and helping them find their entry point, so I hope that I’ve been able to do that. It’s always been a great place for me to explore things about the industry that I didn’t fully grasp through research and interviews like breaking into the industry abroad or how reading and writing romance novels can be framed as an act of political resistance or even just how we all got into this industry in the first place.

One of the best things about this job has been being able to research whatever I wanted to write about, and to have a macro-level view of the industry. I have learned so much about aspects of the industry simply because this particular job isn’t quite publishing, it’s publishing-adjacent. That distance from the industry allowed me to see the forest through the trees, something I am so grateful for, and which is, frankly, a unique way to learn about publishing.

So I will impart some wisdom I’ve gained from this job:

  • If you want it, there is a place for you in the world of book publishing. Even if your skills are in web design, accounting, supply chain management, or some other non-literary area, publishers need those things too, all in support of the books they make.
  • Professionally speaking, moving up doesn’t get any easier. I did a lot of executive search work in my time here, and I’ve watched publishers struggle to fill jobs, all while others struggle to find jobs. This isn’t necessarily industry-specific, but worth noting in the sense that it’s not just you that it’s hard for. I used to think after breaking into the industry I’d be set, or after moving past an assistant level job I’d be set. It’s hard no matter where you are in your career.
  • Trying out new things with your reading is important. The longer I’ve been in publishing I find I am falling further and further away from what I liked to read for fun in college. Don’t get me wrong, I still like capital-L literature and the classics, but now I’ve learned to enjoy so much more than that. Graphic novels! Urban fantasy! Romance novels! We’re all in this industry because we love books and reading, and expanding those horizons makes us better readers and better participants in the industry.

My greatest hope is that sometime, somewhere, a Trendsetter post has helped someone understand a pocket of the publishing industry a little better. It’s been an honor to write and edit here, but it’s goodbye for now. I’m headed into that forest.

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 12/4-12/8

number_5_orangeEvery week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.

Giuseppe Castellano, formerly of Penguin Young Readers, and Lorin Stein, formerly of The Paris Review, both resigned this week due to sexual assault allegations.

Barnes & Noble’s in-store prices will now match their online prices

Amazon has launched in Australia

Company chairman Len Riggio bought 1 million shares of Barnes & Noble stock.

The bestseller about the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate U Give, was banned in a Texas school district.

 

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 11/27-12/1

number_5_orangeEvery week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.

The Meredith Corporation, backed by the Koch brothers, has acquired Time, Inc.

The Girls author Emma Cline is countersuing an ex-boyfriend accusing her of plagiarism.

Marvel‘s new editor-in-chief admitted that he published work under a Japanese pseudonym.

Amazon Publishing launched a new imprint, Amazon Original Stories

This year’s winner of the Literary Review‘s Bad Sex in Fiction Award was announced.