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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Top Five Publishing News Stories of the Week 11/25-11/29

Every 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. Barnes and Noble reports despite making a profit, their overall sales have declined 8%. The most expensive book sold on Tuesday for $14.2 million. Amazon workers in Germany are on strike once again. Indie Publisher Big Bang Press seeks support for publishing original fiction by […]

#Pitchmadness: Twitter’s Contribution to Querying

Querying isn’t just done through snail mail or email anymore: Twitter is the new way to get a literary agent’s interest. When writer Brenda Drake wanted to take writing contests to Twitter, she created the game, #pitchmadness. How effective is #pitchmadness at finding star authors, and what kind of benefits are agents seeing from participating in these online games with writers? While #pitchmadness probably won’t overtake traditional querying, it does have its benefits. According to Drake, #pitchmadness’ rules are always changing, but there are a set of ground rules: slush […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories of the Week, 11/18 –11/22

Every 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. Congratulations to the winners of the National Book Awards of 2013! “Selfie” receives title of Word of the Year for 2013, again showing the ever-changing landscape of language. Bloomsberg News cuts their Arts Section, and in the process, lays off 50 employees.  Apple tries to […]

Introducing Partners’ Corner

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  As a new monthly feature, we will be posting “Partners’ Corner,” a place where the principals of Market Partners International can share their observations of the publishing industry for the month. **** We’ve been doing a lot of searches at MPI this year, and having read more resumes and met more publishing people than most of you might meet in a whole career, we’ve been noticing something new: In the good old days, most […]

The National Book Foundation’s 2013 5 Under 35 Award Ceremony

The National Book Foundation has been honoring 5 writers under the age of 35 since 2006 with the aim to “highlight the work of the next generation of fiction writers.” This year boasts all female winners, the first time since the award’s inception in 2006. Hosted at Powerhouse Arena bookstore in Brooklyn, New York on Monday, November 18th, the 5 Under 35 Awards event celebrates this year’s honorees and kicks off National Book Awards week.  Each honoree is selected by a previous winner of the National Book Award. The event […]

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

Every 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. Judge Denny Chin rules that Google Books’ digital copying of books does not violate copyright law, and provides the public many benefits. Get those books (or whatever else you’re buying) seven days a week: Amazon will offer Sunday delivery via USPS in New York and LA. […]

Book Jobs Not By The Book: Samantha Howard, Research and Editorial Associate

While our last post gave us an opportunity to engage our new editors in a discussion about a popular topic here on Trendsetter, we thought we would further introduce you to our new staff. Samantha Howard graduated from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan with a double major in English and Women & Gender Studies. She moved to New York City in May of 2011 for an internship at W.W. Norton and Company and came to Publishing Trendsetter/Market Partners International after working for a couple of literary agencies. ***** What […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories of the Week, 11/4 –11/8

Every 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. Amazon Source, a program allowing independent bookstores to sell Kindles and Kindle books for a commission, launches with heavy criticism. Simon and Schuster released their third quarter numbers, and things are looking up. BuzzFeed hires Isaac Fitzgerald, former director of publicity of at McSweeney’s, to head […]

Sponsorship vs. Mentorship: A Roundtable Discussion Based on Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s (Forget a Mentor) Find a Sponsor

Hey, Trendsetters! As you may be aware, we’ve had some recent changes in staff, but Publishing Trendsetter is still alive and kicking, and we are excited to continue giving you interesting perspectives from young professionals in the publishing industry. We’re still looking to help facilitate discussions about the unique challenges of starting a career in book business and to observe how greater industry changes are trickling down to mid to entry level jobs. If you have any suggestions or ideas of what you’d like to see on the blog, feel […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories of the Week, 10/28 –11/1

Every 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. Random House acquired Figment this week, a community-building teen writing website, has book recommendations, and publisher promotions of new books. Amazon is launching a weekly, digital, short fiction/poetry-focused, literary magazine called Day One.  HarperCollins is attempting to reach new audiences by selling e-books straight to […]