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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Book-Jobs Not By the Book: Writing Children’s Book Apps

Nosy Crow is one of the most established and respected children’s app development companies in the world. Kate of Nosy Crow did a great blog post yesterday on the new skills and vision required for making children’s book apps. She lays out some of the major differences between traditional authorship and writing for apps, and also goes a long way toward suggesting the skills you might nurture if you want to find a place in this new book business niche. If you’re excited by brand-new corners of book business, this one […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories, Week of 7/23-7/27

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional should read to feel more informed and 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 DOJ has read all your letters, and is not impressed…enough to change its mind about anything much. Remember when Tor/Forge said they were going to make their ebooks DRM-free? Those crazy kids have actually gone […]

Something to Aspire To: Editor Ursula Nordstrom

In 1961, Maurice Sendak wrote his editor Ursula Nordstrom, concerned that his genius was not the genius of Tolstoy. Well, “Tolstoy wasn’t Sendak, either,” she replied. Truth be told, given the choice, I don’t know whether I’d rather have the genius of either Tolstoy or Sendak over the genius of Nordstrom as expressed in this letter from Letters of Note (that wonderful site without which the internet would be SO much more of a wilderness). Sure, being an editor consists of mostly a lot of hard-work stuff that does not fall […]

Book-Jobs Not by the Book: Laura Hazard Owen, Book-Biz Reporter

Laura Hazard Owen

It feels incredibly awesome to welcome Laura Hazard Owen to the Book-Jobs, Not by the Book “interview room.” Back in early 2011, when Publishing Trendsetter was just a crazy idea, Laura (then Managing Editor at Publishing Trends) assured me it was a good idea and not even that crazy. If Trendsetter had gotten off the ground at all without her cheerleading, it would have taken a whole lot longer. She’s gone on to report for paidContent and become a [publishing]house-hold name when it comes to knowing and sharing what’s what […]

Trendsetters’ Book-Biz Essential Reading, Week of 7/16-7/20

Every week we recommend 5 links that the young book professional should read to feel more informed and 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.   Has “The Man” (dressed as a Penguin) got his hands on Indie Publishing? Penguin (Pearson) buys Author Solutions. Spain raises its ebook taxes in a major way: say hello to 21% VAT. All is NOT fair in Love and […]

Becoming a Literary Agent…Eventually

Publishing Trendsetter is thrilled to welcome Lisa Vanterpool as a regular contributor–and our first international correspondent, at that. She first joined us as a guest contributor during the London Book Fair, sharing observations that are a must-read for any young professional, no matter where in the world you’re attending book fairs. Lisa left the US to get her MA in Publishing at Kingston University – London, and says she “hasn’t looked back since.” Here’s looking forward to vicariously sharing her adventures. **** Before I even handed in my final paper for […]

Trendsetter’s Book-Biz Essential Reading, Week of 7/9-7/13

Aaaand…we’re back!! We hope you missed us in the two weeks we were gone for vacations and holidays and such. We also hope you stayed up-to-date with book news on your own. Or equally, that you’ve been on such a fabulous vacation the only book news in your life was in relation to the incredible headway you made through your “to-read” pile. Either way, let’s all get back in the saddle with this week’s very internationally-ebooky news round-up: BookExpo America travels through time, makes big news, promises to save folks […]

What Is the Difference Between an Ebook and an App?

Over at Publishing Trends, we’ve been at work on our 2012 App Developer Round-up, and let me tell you, just as a LOT has changed with ebooks since this time last year, a LOT has changed with the way book publishers view apps, too. You probably know that ebooks are a lot more standard, bread-and-butter fare in the digital publishing arena, and you probably know that apps are increasingly important, especially in children’s…but, getting down to brass tacks, just what is the difference between an ebook and an app? In […]

Book Club in Translation: Or, the Lighter Side of Professional Development

Last Thursday, June 28, Publishing the World’s book club met for its second-ever monthly meeting. You may not know about the Publishing the World book club, but hopefully you remember that Publishing the World launch party from last summer? The one with all the beautiful people having cultured conversations in a picturesque setting? Well, those beautiful, cultured people are back and better than ever, with the fabulous Publishing the World blog that always has coverage of what’s going on in the world of translated literature, videos, book recommendations…and their Weekly Wrap […]