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Advice from Book Entrepreneurs Under 30

Earlier, we posted an article featuring four book entrepreneurs and their thoughts on how to succeed in the publishing industry despite being under the age of 30. In case you still need a little encouragement before you pitch your big idea to the world, here’s some bonus advice straight from the mouths of our three entrepreneurs themselves. Adam Gomolin: “Think really hard about the idea. Really do your research. Take apart your machine and put it back together in order to really understand it. Be diligent. Say thank you a […]

Young Innovators: Book Entrepreneurs Under 30

When it comes to changes in the business world, many young people have been at the helm of the revolution: Mark Zuckerberg became a billionaire at the age of 23 for Facebook; Matt Mullenweg began WordPress at 19; Tavi Gevinson became a preteen sensation because of her blog Style Rookie. While the next young entrepreneur extraordinaire is yet to be discovered, there are some hopefuls from the book industry who are working to change book business as we know it. But how does a budding entrepreneur take his or her idea and make it reality? There are many challenges that come […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories of the Week, 12/2 –12/6

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. Our condolences to the family and friends of publishing legend, André Schiffrin, who passed away at the age of 78. Amazon reveals a new delivery system–using drones–which may be ready in the next 4-5 years. The Indies First initiative, where authors took on the roles […]

#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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories of the Week, 10/21–10/25

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 all the winners of the Whiting Writers’ Awards, which took place this Monday! World Book Night, which gives out half a million free paperbacks in one day, has announced its 2014 Book List. Yet another screen to read eBooks on: Apple releases the […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories of the Week, 10/14–10/18

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 Eleanor Catton, this year’s winner of The Man Booker Prize! Another big congratulations to all appearing on the National Book Awards Shortlist. Macmillan ups the number of backlist eBooks available for lending to ~11,000. Kobo’s removal of all self-published titles from one of its […]