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Monthly Archives: April 2013

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week: 4/22 – 4/26

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 Senate moved forward with the Marketplace Fairness Act, a.k.a. the Tax Laws Apply to Online Retailers, Too Act. Canada has (very politely) approved the Random Penguin merger. Avon Romance joins the gang of romance publishers making it easier for aspiring […]

Not New York: Book Business & Publishers in Nashville

We’re moving back east and heading down south to the vibrant city of Nashville, Tennessee, namesake of the popular TV show, home to a famously large music scene, and, of course, to publishing. Specifically, Nashville is known for hosting a number of religious publishing houses. Best-known, perhaps, are Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, both of which are now owned by HarperCollins and which, together, comprise HarperCollins Christian. Thomas Nelson is the world’s largest Christian publisher and is known in the larger market for New York Times bestseller Heaven is for Real […]

Design Candy: 20th Century Polish Books

We’re thrilled to welcome Siobhan Gallagher‘s eye for design to Trendsetter. Here’s what she’s cooked up for us this month: I’m really excited to be able to contribute to Design Candy, and I’m starting it off by sharing one of my favorite design categories: Polish book covers. I recently got into Polish poster and book design after seeing an exhibition on The Brothers Quay at MoMA last summer that featured some Polish Surrealism, which I’d never seen before. It opened my eyes to the kind of graphic design that’s been […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week: 4/15 – 4/19

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. ****  Simon & Schuster has decided to give chicken libraries a chance, and announced the launch of a one-year ebook pilot program with three New York library systems. Higher learning for the shorter reader: The University of South Carolina Press has launched a […]

Moving Right Along: What Changing House or Department Means for a Publishing Career

Much of what we talk about here at Trendsetter involves starting your career in publishing, but for those who have already landed the entry level job, a whole new set of challenges presents itself. It’s one thing to get your foot in the door, but how do you ensure that you continue to grow and learn and (hopefully) even get a raise in the process? This past week, our parent site, Publishing Trends, has run a series of articles on “How to Get Your Second Job in Publishing,” and earlier […]

Your Next Job in Publishing: Sage Advice from Across the Industry

“How to Get a Job in Publishing” has been Publishing Trends‘ most popular article for years–and for good reason. But getting that first job is just the beginning, so we set out to discover what keeps people in publishing after that first job. Survey results ran last week, and today’s feature article on Publishing Trends is taken from hours of interviews with professionals of all ages. Trendsetter’s exclusive “Next Job” feature will run later this week, but for today, though, here are our favorite pearls of wisdom, the best of […]

Young Authors Give Back Tour: The [Give] Backstory

Four young authors who are stoked about mentorship, going on a road trip to pay it forward. As soon as we caught wind of the Young Authors Give Back tour, we knew we had to invite them to share their two cents on Trendsetter. Here, Kat, Erin, Sarah, and Susan talk about how they hatched a plan not only to spend quality time with each other and their readers, but also to mentor other young writers and to make book business feel more like a community–a welcoming one, at that.    […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week: 4/8 – 4/12

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.  **** Publisher Peter Campbell-Copp  of Historical Pages, received 6 months in jail for book fraud having plead guilty to 16 felonies and 4 misdemeanors. 0.O William Morrow, publisher of the late, award-winning writer and cultural icon Ray Bradbury, announces the release of 16 of Bradbury’s classic […]

What is the Long Tail of Publishing?

If you were to graph a retail environment where a large number of different items are sold in relatively small quantities each, you’d get something like this:   See the “long tail” tapering off to the right? In bookselling, a profitable industry has grown from the availability of so many unique titles. All these titles are represented on the right side of the graph: the realm of self-publishing, print-on-demand, backlists, zines, and niche-interest blogs. If you’ve been in book business for fewer than 10 years, a Long Tail-driven business is […]

Book Jobs Not By the Book: James La Marre, Book App Design

James La Marre works for enterprise software startup Scrollmotion Inc. in New York City, primarily developing and publishing iPad applications for business. Previously to starting at Scrollmotion in 2011, James worked at the Kelly Writers House during his time at Penn while studying poetry and directing a letterpress workshop. His first job in the book world was working on the floor at Barnes and Noble in 2006.   What was your first job in book business and what were the most important things you gained from it? My first job […]