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We Love You, Mary Norris, Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris, A Trendsetter Roundtable

When Publishing Trendsetter found out that Mary Norris had a book coming out, we just knew we had to get it for our roundtable series. Her book, titled Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (W. W. Norton, 2015), covers Norris’ rise through the ranks at The New Yorker, how to use dashes correctly, and many other grammatical conundrums that keep writers awake at night. Norris is a copy editor at The New Yorker; she is also the star of a series of videos called “Comma Queen.” Samantha, […]

BEA Basics for 2015

It’s spring. It’s May. It’s BEA! BookExpo America, the annual trade fair for the North American book industry, is coming once again to the Javits Center in New York City. Running from May 27 to May 29, BEA 2015 promises three busy days full of exchange, expertise, and excitement. Two big changes set this year’s BEA apart. First, the exhibit hall is opening on the same day as the conference. This “compact” scheduling should prove more convenient for attendees, event director Steve Rosato explained to Publishers Weekly. Second, BookCon has […]

For What It’s Worth: Fixed Book Price in Foreign Book Markets

Earlier this year, France made publishing news headlines when its court ruled ebook subscription services like Kindle Unlimited illegal. The law cited was the Lang Law, which gives publishers the exclusive right to set the price of a book. Retailers are not allowed to discount more than 5 percent from this set price. You may be thinking, A measly 5 percent? Here in the United States, we’re used to seeing 50 percent or more slashed off our books. Price fixing in general is regarded as suspect and is, in fact, […]

Book Jobs Not by the Book: Amy Gall, Program Manager at National Book Foundation

Amy Gall writes, creates, and sometimes sleeps in Brooklyn.  Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in PANK, Joyland, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Lambda Literary Review, among others. She earned her MFA in creative writing from The New School and is currently a Program Manager at The National Book Foundation.   What was your first exposure to book business and what were the most important things you gained from it?   My first job out of college was working as executive assistant to Denis Kitchen.  He has several literary […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 4/20-4/24

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. Goodreads added free audio samples to its website this week. The 2015 Pulitzer Prizes were announced. After the announcements, it was revealed that the Pulitzer Prize Board asked for an additional nomination for the fiction prize before making its decision. Two Hugo science fiction award nominees withdrew […]

Aiming for the Top: WNBA’s Women Executives in Publishing Panel

Last night, the Women’s National Book Association hosted a Women Executives in Publishing panel event and invited the Young to Publishing Group to attend.  Although the event was aimed toward giving young women advice to succeed in the publishing industry, much of the advice was pertinent to any individual interested in reaching the executive level. The panel included Harlequin’s VP of Editorial Margaret Marbury, Simon Pulse and Aladdin Books VP, Publisher Mara Anastas, Penguin Random House SVP, Director, Consumer Marketing Development Amanda Close, and HarperCollins President, Children’s Susan Katz.  It […]

Not There Yet: The New “New Adult” Genre

Genres shape our reading habits, but their exact boundaries have always eluded us. Genres are “inherently confusing and complex,” as one New Yorker article put it, and that couldn’t be more true than in the case of a new and in-the-making genre called New Adult. New Adult is a genre of fiction. It features protagonists between ages 18 and 25 (some say 26), usually in college or at their first job. New Adult picks up where Young Adult leaves off. In the words of bestselling author Cora Carmack, “Young Adult […]

A DRM Primer for a VAT World

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * The ongoing and increasingly heated debate over the use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) in digital publishing has recently received more press attention because of the EU ruling to charge VAT (value-added tax) on ebooks. For those in need of a reminder, Digital Rights Management refers to the protections  that are in place on many copyrighted digital products like video games, smartphone apps and ebooks that make illegal downloading more difficult. In […]

A True Tale of Being Published, Publishing by Gail Godwin: A Trendsetter Roundtable

Sometimes for any author, navigating the path of publishing is a little confusing. Their job is to focus on writing after all. Lucky for us, three time National Book Award finalist and bestselling author Gail Godwin wrote about her journey through the publishing process that began in 1958 when she met with a Knopf scout to try to get a story published. Godwin has seen the industry go through many phases. She’s had good editors, tricky editors, battles over titles, and fabulous book launch parties. She’s lived a long part of her life […]

Our Ebooks, Ourselves: What’s Happening with Our Ereader Data?

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * In October of last year, news broke on The Digital Reader that Adobe Digital Editions was taking a significant amount of user data and sending it back to their servers. Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is a program that allows readers to put ebooks onto their reading devices from retailers and libraries alike. The program’s terms and conditions don’t mention anything about the extra data logging, and there was some outrage. Users were […]