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Monthly Archives: March 2013

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week: 3/25 – 3/29

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional 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 leading book-centric social media network, Goodreads, has been acquired by Amazon. This comes 7 weeks after Bookish, the book discovery and e-commerce website launched in February. If your looking for a Simon & Schuster title, Barnes and Nobles might not be the best place […]

An Education: Looking at the New CUNY Publishing Institute

While there are a several programs already in existence to aid both publishing hopefuls and industry vets in expanding their horizons, the City University of New York (CUNY) hopes to throw its own hat in the ring with the CUNY Publishing Institute, a week-long program planning its pilot session in June. Helmed by Institute Director and Co-founder of OR Books, John Oakes, this program will aim to educate by combining a varied roster of industry professionals from startups to goliaths like Amazon and Random House to present an important “cross-section […]

Book Jobs Not by the Book: Rachel Waxman, Author Publicity

Rachel Waxman

Although she now has a fulltime job, Rachel Waxman’s story of starting her career outside of NYC and of using freelance work to find her ideal niche in book business is the sort of story we always like to hear. Rachel is a Kansas City native and a graduate of Northwestern University, where she did not study English or creative writing. She currently works for Lucinda Literary, a New York-based author marketing and publicity agency. She is also a writer, and her first book, The Crickhowell School for the Muses, will be published in […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week: 3/18 – 3/22

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional 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.  **** Bowker announced a new study with the spoiler-alert title: “E-Reading Habits Drive Market Share Growth of e-Retailers,” with data on both the U.S. and U.K. book markets. It’s a book! It’s a website! It’s a longform! Amazon has released the new ‘Send to Kindle’ Button. […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week: 3/11 – 3/15

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional 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.  **** University Press of Florida has purchased  Seaside Publishing  known for it’s travel and cooking novels. After Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) major criticism of Random House’s contracts RH has made changes to their Hydra, Alibi, LoveSwept and Flirt imprint contracts, offering two formats he original profit […]

Not New York: Book-Biz & Publishers in San Francisco

The final stop on our trip out west (by way of the Twin Cities…because direct routes are boring) is San Francisco. Again, I have to preface an article by shamefully admitting that I have never physically been to this week’s destination. Of course, there’s what I know about San Francisco from popular culture: cable cars, hippies, a large bridge… And while those things do lend their local color to any good Bay Area-experience, the city has far more to offer. A thriving publishing industry, for instance. Personally, perhaps because of […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week: 3/4 – 3/8

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional 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.  ****  In a letter to I.C.A.N.N, The American Association of Publishers criticized Amazon’s bid for “.book” domain names. (icannletter) In the can-do story of the week, German booksellers not only say they don’t like Kindle, they start selling an alternative–the Tolino. Mark Suchomel, President […]

Academic Publishing on Film: A Conversation with Mary Rose Synek

Given Publishing Trendsetter’s mild fixation on the under-explored corners of book business, I was immediately intrigued when I heard about Mary Rose Synek. She’s an actor and filmmaker who’s worked on a variety of productions and projects, and is currently the Director of the Writing Institute at Armory College Prep. But the project that piqued my curiosity is her series of five short documentaries developed over the last five years. Her subject: behind the scenes of professional and scholarly publishing. I spoke to Mary Rose Synek a few days after […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week: 2/25 – 3/1

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional 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.  **** Barnes & Noble Inc reported a net loss for the holiday quarter. Nook and E-book sales are down with revenue falling 25.9% Random Penguin’s good to go here in the US, but what will the Europeans have to say about it? […]