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Author Archives: Sam Howard

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 10/9-10/13

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. Hachette has shut down Weinstein Books in the wake of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Writers Jesmyn Ward and Viet Thanh Nguyen were among this year’s MacArthur Fellowship winners.  Ticket sales at this year’s New York ComicCon hit a record high.  This year’s Frankfurt Book […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 9/25-9/29

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. The year’s most-banned books deal mostly with sexual topics and gender. The National Book Awards 5 Under 35 nominees were announced this week.  Online writing community and publisher Inkitt raised almost $4 million in funding for their site. Debut novelist Whitney Scharer fetched a 7 figure […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 9/4-9/8

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 is seeking out a location for a second American headquarters. Kobo rolled out audiobook sales and a corresponding subscription plan this week.  Conservative publisher Regnery has cut ties with New York Times, citing the paper’s “liberal bias.” James Patterson is donating $1.75 million to school […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Publishing Programs

There’s a lot of ways to gain extra skills and knowledge about the publishing industry, whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned professional looking to bulk up your resume. It should come as no surprise that many of them involve colleges and universities. Here’s a collection of the American institutions offering additional education on publishing. These programs range from certificate courses to multi-year graduate programs.  Please note that the contents of this guide, including tuition prices, are current as of August 2017 and subject to change. Additionally, the costs […]

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 […]