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Author Archives: Sam Howard

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 […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 5/22-5/26

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. After the proposed Trump budget cuts, the National Endowment for the Humanities chair has resigned. Author of Jesus’ Son and Tree of Smoke, Denis Johnson, died yesterday. Scribd now offers newspaper articles to their subscribers.  Pottermore partnered with Libro.fm to sell the Harry Potter audiobooks, […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 4/24-4/28

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 & Noble named a new CEO at last. Author of the Percy Jackson series Rick Riordan started his own imprint at Hyperion and announced its first titles. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt underwent a round of layoffs this week.  Amazon launched a new feature, Subscribe with Amazon, for […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 4/10-4/14

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. Microsoft’s ebookstore launched this week.  Audio content giant, RB Media purchased Audiobooks.com.  Amazon released a new parental control dashboard for their kids app, FreeTime.  The Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on Monday.  Simon & Schuster announced big changes for Howard Books and Tyrus Books. 

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 3/13-3/17

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. The Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts include eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts  and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Wattpad and Hachette are teaming up to create audiobooks together.  Amazon is facing a class action lawsuit regarding disappearing audiobook credits.  The One Book, […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 2/27-3/3

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. Penguin Random House bought both Barack and Michelle Obamas’ memoirs for a rumored $60 million. On her last trip to the US, Australian children’s book author Mem Fox was detained by border control.  HarperCollins rolled out two book recommendation bots on Facebook. B&N Education purchased MBS Textbook […]