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Technology and the Travel Guide

Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on our parent site, Publishing Trends. Not so long ago, one of the first steps to planning an upcoming trip was to go to the bookstore. Once the future traveler picked out where they wanted to go, travel guides helped them research and plan their trip. As with many things in publishing, the internet changed that. With the proliferation of websites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, and other free-to-access review-based sites, consumers seemed to feel less and less inclined to buy books to help guide their […]

Not New York: Book Business and Culture in Toronto, Canada

Those of us living in Toronto are a lucky bunch. Torontonians have access to one of the best library systems in the country, are fortunate enough to be surrounded by a great selection of independent bookstores we can support, and live in a city home to some of the nation’s most celebrated authors. Toronto also houses the offices of numerous publishers, including HarperCollins Canada, Penguin Random House Canada, House of Anansi, Simon and Schuster Canada, Hachette Canada, Kobo, Harlequin (one of several principal offices), and University of Toronto Press, as […]

Reading Together, Online: A BEA Panel Recap

One of my favorite panels at Book Expo America this year was Word of Mouth Gone Digital: Digital Communities of Readers. The moderator was Literary Agent Ginger Clark from Curtis Brown, Ltd, and the panelists were Ashleigh Gardner, Head of Content at Wattpad, Rachel Fershleiser, Literary Outreach Coordinator at Tumblr, Emily Hughes, Editor of Suvudu, and Heather Waters, Editor in Chief and founder of Heroes and Heartbreakers. The success of these sites tells one story that publishers and writers alike should heed: readers just want to find and connect with […]

We Need Diverse Books, One Year Later

One year ago, We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) started with a hashtag. The hashtag, which later became the nonprofit’s name, was part of a tweet exchange about the lack of diversity at last year’s BookCon. Last Friday, one year later, I was able to attend the We Need Diverse Books panel at Book Expo America. It celebrated its anniversary by hosting three panels at the very event they originally protested: one panel during the third day of BEA and one on each day of BookCon. The panelists on Friday included WNDB President […]

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 […]