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Author Archives: Sam Howard

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 8/14-8/18

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. HarperCollins Christian Publishing launched their own self-publishing arm.  The Larry Ashmead Award was given to Annie Chagnot this week.  Trump claims Amazon is damaging to retailers.  A bookstore in Charlottesville, VA vows to stay open amidst the protests. Author V.E. Schwab spoke out about LGBT […]

How We Got Into Publishing: Survey Results

Sometimes I think folks outside the industry must think there’s some secret trick to break into publishing. In a way, it makes sense. It’s a global business that’s got its American heart in New York City, like some other industries that people and Hollywood movies often laud: fashion, theatre, magazines, and so on. That must be why we all get asked how we got started, or if we could let a friend of a friend pick our brain over a drink or coffee. So at the beginning of the summer, […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 7/31-8/4

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. Macmillan is moving out of the historic Flatiron building.  PBS is making a show about beloved American novels.  Both playwright Sam Shepard and legendary editor Judith Jones passed away this week. Immigrant children are writing their own children’s stories to see themselves represented.  Lawyers for Simon & Schuster are […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 7/17-7/21

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. There will be two new Harry Potter books released in the fall.  Keanu Reeves co-founded X Artists’ Books, an art book publisher.  Amazon rolled out a social network, Spark, which encourages users to shop. Barbour Publishing is now employee-owned.  In an open letter to the […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 7/3-7/7

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. Warner Brothers and the Tolkien estate settled a lawsuit over licensing.  The Curtis Brown literary agency bought Ed Victor Ltd.  Overdrive was rebranded as Overdrive Rakuten. Christian Stores is launching an online shopping arm.  A lost Maurice Sendak book will be published next year. 

Romance as Resistance in 2017

It used to be I’d read one romance novel a year for my feminist book club. We started this  as a way to cleanse our palates after a particularly harrowing read, and then became a fun February tradition, a way to ease back into our monthly meetings after having a holiday break to read our January selection. This year, after our yearly romance read, I wanted more. I started buying discounted romance ebooks, checking them out from the library, and scouring Goodreads for suggestions on what else to read. I […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 6/19-6/23

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. Many major publishers back Greenpeace in their standoff with a logging corporation. Three textbook publishers have charged Follett with selling counterfeit textbooks.  Despite potentially losing their funding, the NEA awarded millions of dollars in grants this week.  HarperCollins will add over 15,000 ebooks to Hoopla, a […]

How Did You Get Into Publishing? A Survey

It’s that time again. Every summer I get a flurry of emails from friends/family/fellow alumni, asking if I can offer their friend/niece/student advice on how to break into the publishing industry. I know I’m not alone in this – in fact, I’m imagining you nodding your head in agreement. You’d think at this point I’d just have a canned response of what to say to folks. And yet, every time I write out a different response depending on the person and their situation, not only because it’s the right thing […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 6/5-6/9

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. Overdrive unveils a new cost-per-circulation model for digital library assets.   Penguin Random House acquired popular literary clothing store Out of Print. The Kickstarter for The Well-Read Black Girl literary festival was successfully funded. Bob Dylan gave his Nobel Peace Prize speech in the nick of time.  […]

Spotlight on Middle Grade

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * *  Young adult literature has been a huge catalyst and money-maker for publishing over the past few years. Beyond the books, the category’s given birth to several multimillion dollar franchises and new Hollywood stars. With all of the glamour and glitz that can come out of the YA world, it’s easy to forget about the rest of children’s literature. No, not board books or picture books: I’m talking about middle grade. According to […]