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Top 5 Publishing News Stories 6/6-6/10

number_5_orangeEvery 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.

LitHub launched a new service called “Book Marks” likened to a Rotten Tomatoes for books to mixed reviews.

Andy Cohen will be getting his own imprint at Henry Holt.

BookCon will be expanding to have an additional event as a part of New York ComicCon as well as after BEA.

Comic book sales are flourishing in both print and digital.

Amazon is suing sellers who solicit fake reviews.

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 5/30-6/3

number_5_orangeEvery 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.

Five Australian publishing associations are protesting a government open market proposal to allow the import of US and UK books without restrictions.

Ellora’s Cave is suing the owner of the Dear Author website for defamation.

Purity by Jonathan Franzen is being developed into a TV show, starring Daniel Craig.

Author David Mitchell has submitted a manuscript for the Future Library project, meaning it won’t be released to the public until 2114.

There is a Kickstarter to open a second bookstore in Queens.

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 5/23-5/27

number_5_orangeEvery 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.

Comixology launched a comics subscription service this week.

Audiobooks had a huge boost in sales in 2015.

Macmillan is considering leaving the iconic Flatiron Building.

Author Sheldon P. Blau, MD is suing Simon & Schuster over what he believes are incorrect royalty statements.

UK book retailer Waterstone’s is closing their ebook store.

Five Years Strong! Looking Back at Trendsetter

We can hardly believe it ourselves, but on May 20th, Publishing Trendsetter celebrated its 5th year. While Jen and I have not been here from the start, I can safely say that we’re very proud of all that Trendsetter has accomplished, and what it will continue to achieve. We want to take a moment to thank all of our past interns and contributors from across the globe. Trendsetter coverage has taken many forms throughout these 5 years, but we believe that it’s all useful to our readers. Today, we look back to see what each Trendsetter editor – of past and present – treasures most about working on this site.

Elisabeth Watson, founder emeritus:

What I remember most fondly from my wonderful years working for Trendsetter is actually that first week after we launched in 2011, from roughly Friday, May 20th to Friday May 27th. This week, (as was our intention), also coincided with BEA 2011, my first BEA ever. I’d been working pretty feverishly on building the website, recruiting bloggers, queuing content, interviewing interns, etc. for the previous 4 months and was was quite nervous about our launch on May 20th. But what I remember most keenly about that week is loading up with Trendsetter logo stickers, press releases, and my newly minted business cards, getting on the crosstown bus to go to Javits, and feeling so energized and empowered. What starting and steering Trendsetter did for me was push me to talk to more people and ask more questions and have more conversations at that first BEA than I would ever have otherwise done.

In that first week at BEA I had the opportunity to meet my peers from out of state who had signed up to blog for Trendsetter (several of whom remain good friends!). I felt empowered to start conversations with more senior professionals; I attended a range of panels and listened in a more focused and engaged way than I might have done otherwise. That first week was so formative in making me the kind of publishing professional I am today, and so much of that is due to the way Publishing Trendsetter compelled me to engage with a wider community of people than I would otherwise have dared to do. I only hope Trendsetter has served as a conversation starter for many, many others in as powerful a way as it did for me, both in that first week and ever since!

 

Kimberly Lew, former editor:

I got to write about a few things that were close to my heart for Trendsetter, from talking about booksellers to explaining how theatre publishers are going digital. Of all the things I’ve worked on, however, my favorite article I wrote (and the series it was connected to) was writing about second jobs in publishing, a.k.a. what to do when you want to move beyond entry level. It took me over 6 years to break into a publishing house position, but sometimes you fight so hard for one thing that it’s hard to figure out what to do once you get it. I liked that the people we surveyed and talked to for this article let us know that there’s always room for growth and exploration and that beginning a career does not mean counting out other opportunities and paths.

 

Samantha Howard, current editor:

I have more than one favorite Trendsetter memory so I’ll keep them short enough so that it looks like one Trendsetter memory. I’m cheating, but who’s going to stop me?

  1. When I first started here I was bursting with all kinds of impossible ideas, one of them being interviewing Jane Friedman about how to market yourself in the publishing job market. She actually accepted and it was one of the first interviews I had on the site, and it’s all still relevant today!
  2. I convinced Kim that making a listicle of the end of the year listicles was a good idea, and no one has suggested I should stop so I keep doing it each year.
  3. The long tail of Trendsetter always makes me proud.  We always have folks coming to the site and commenting on how a piece from a few years ago about the publishing scene in Boston was really helpful to them. Even if I had absolutely nothing to do with the piece, it makes me proud to be a part of a site dedicated to helping young people find the right opportunities for themselves in publishing.

Jennifer Donovan, current editor:

The amazing thing about writing for Trendsetter is that it lets me explore everything I’ve ever wanted to know about books and publishing and then I get to turn that information into articles to share with all of our readers. My favorite article that I’ve worked on so far is probably The Beginner’s Guide to Publishers Beyond the Big 5: Adult Fiction Publishers You Might Not Know. This was the first article that Sam let me go full Chart Queen on and I had a lot of fun researching and learning all about the smaller presses. Beyond the fun that I had working on it, I feel like this article is useful to anyone in need of a quick guide on where to start looking for their first job in publishing “beyond the big 5.”

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 5/16-5/20

number_5_orangeEvery 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 launched Goodreads Deals, which will send you ebook deals based on your to-read list, favorite authors, and favorite genres.

W.W. Norton won’t reissue an unauthorized biography of Donald Trump for fear of being sued over some of the allegations in the book.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang won this year’s Man Booker International Prize.

Lena Dunham released a surprise collection of personal stories taken from her journals between 2005-2006.

Women won every prose award at this year’s Nebula Awards, which are voted on by members of the Science Fiction Writers of America.

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

number_5_orangeEvery 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 announced plans to start digital book clubs, pairing up with public libraries to start the programs.

Milkweed Editions is opening an indie bookstore in downtown Minneapolis.

Onebook, Audible’s audiobook sharing program, is now available to all of its customers.

PEN America sent a letter signed by 120 writers to the Egyptian president urging him to release author and journalist Ahmed Naji.

BookExpo America’s move to Chicago meant a slightly smaller show floor this year.

The Trendsetter BEA 2016 Session Wish List

We here at Publishing Trendsetter are feeling some serious FOMO about not being able to go to BEA and BookCon in Chicago this year. To make up for it, we decided to make a list of sessions we wish existed at BEA 2016.

  1. The Girl in the Title Epidemic: A panel about ending the usage of “girl” in titles to increase sales.
  2. Attention, Everyone! Publishing Will Be Okay: This session will share the best explanations to convince everyone that you know that publishing isn’t dying.
  3. In Booth Signing Session with Lin-Manuel Miranda: Possibly with a special performance, if he’s feeling up to it? Please LMM? Publishing folk can’t afford tickets to Hamilton.
  4. A Coloring Break: A short break from sessions where attendees can take out their adult coloring books to de-stress before returning to the wonderful chaos that is the Expo.
  5. Make This Book a Movie: A panel where authors/editors present their arguments about why a book should get the Hollywood treatment.
  6. And Let Us Cast That Book-Into-A-Movie: This panel meets immediately after “Make This Book a Movie” and lets social media mavens help create dream casts.
  7. Publishing Trendsetters: A panel of the big names from all over publishing honoring young folks who are making big strides across the industry.
  8. First of All, How Dare You?: A Q&A where writers and readers get to discuss the deaths of their favorite characters. Contains many, many spoilers. N.B. George R. R. Martin is unable to attend because he is busy killing more beloved characters in book six of A Song of Fire and Ice.
  9. How To Make the Most of [Newest Digital Technology]: Conference planners have to put programming together far ahead of the actual conference date, so this session will be a presentation about the best practices for whatever new marketing/tech/advertising tool comes up closest to the conference.
  10. Do You Even Sleep?: Some authors are able to crank out so many novels per year it makes our heads spin. Ask authors like James Patterson, R.L. Stine, Tessa Dare, and others how they write so many titles so fast.

BONUS Among the Ten Thousand Drinks After Party: Get your dance party on with the conference attendees and cocktails themed after the biggest books of the past few years. The menu will include A Little Long Island Life, The Story of my Tequila, The Tsar of Love and Tom Collins, City on Fire Whiskey, The Sympathizer Sour, and The Martian Margarita.

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 5/2-5/6

number_5_orangeEvery 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 film adaptation of Blood Meridian is on hold because the rights were never secured by the filmmakers.

The New York Times featured an article about an all male book club that only reads books by and about men, which garnered quite a response.

Wired Magazine started a book clubwhich will kick off with an N.K. Jemisin title.

Goodreads has begun doing giveaways of Kindle ebooks.

Tomorrow is free Comic Book day.

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 4/25-4/29

number_5_orangeEvery 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 Founder Leonard Riggio stepped down this week.

Tomorrow, 435 indie bookstores will participate in Independent Bookstore Day.

Amazon continues its legal battle against alleged fake reviews.

Readerlink Distribution acquired retail book distribution business ANconnect, which distributes to Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs.

Beyoncé’s HBO special Lemonade featured poetry by Warsan Shire, a Somali-British poet.

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 4/18-4/22

number_5_orangeEvery 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.

Follett booksellers bought Baker & Taylor, which provides books and many other things to public libraries nationwide.

The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on Monday.

Google won the long-running case filed against them claiming copyright infringement over their book scanning program.

Amazon won a $30 million contract to provide ebooks to New York City schools.

Smashwords announced that 50% of their sales come from romance novels.