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The Beginner’s Guide to the Backlist

Historically, American publishing houses had three seasons a year: fall, winter, and spring. This had a lot to do with the physical limitations of selling and shipping books across the country, especially in the eras before air-conditioning and Skype. Most modern publishers still operate on two to three seasons a year, in part because it’s often easier to break a year’s business goals down into sub-goals. After six months, a once-new title is replaced by something even newer, and the focus of the industry moves on – and that’s where […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Publishers Beyond the Big 5: Children’s Publishers You Might Not Know

Often in publishing, those who are new to the industry are only familiar with the Big 5 publishing houses. It’s important to get to know the medium- and smaller-sized houses as well, especially if you’re looking for your first job in the industry. This edition of the Beginner’s Guide to Publishers Beyond the Big 5 is a list of a few children’s publishers in the US that might be less familiar to you. You can also see our previous guide to adult fiction publishers here. The publisher/owner is either the parent company or […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Literary Podcasts

There are so many ways to love books that have nothing to do with reading. And even when you can’t be reading, you can still celebrate your love of books by listening to people talk about books. I asked the bookternet what their favorite literary podcasts are, and boy did they deliver. There are a lot of them out there, so here’s a simple list to get you started on the best bookish programming that isn’t a book. We’ll start with some well-loved literary podcasts. These are well-known, and give […]

A Beginner’s Guide to ISBN, Part 1: An Overview

ISBNs are important to a book’s identity for many reasons, but most importantly because they give ownership to the book’s author. Additionally, ISBN contributes to a book’s identity is by giving it a unique number for distributors and bookstores to keep inventory, to differentiate between similar editions, and to provide data for market analysis. Still not quite sure what an ISBN is? Here’s some background. As some of you might remember from your grade school’s library classes, ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number and is composed of the thirteen […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Publishers Beyond the Big 5: Adult Fiction Publishers You Might Not Know

Often in publishing, those who are new to the industry are only familiar with the Big 5 publishing houses. It’s important to get to know the medium- and smaller-sized houses as well, especially if you’re looking for your first job in the industry. The Beginner’s Guide to Publishers Beyond the Big 5 is a list of a few adult fiction publishers that might be less familiar to you. The publisher/owner is either the parent company or parent publishing house. The imprints listed are only the fiction imprints within that parent company.  The […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Literary Events

It’s hard out there for a newcomer to the world of literary events, even when you’re in publishing. As a continuation to our Beginner’s Guides, we’re here to help you figure out how to spend your evenings and weekends at cool, bookish events. Fire up your keyboard for a follow fest on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and/or email lists to stay in the know. (Unfortunately, this is list is pretty exclusive to New York City when it comes to specifics, but if you’ve got favorite literary hot spots that you want […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Industry Newsletters

When you’re trying to break into publishing or first starting out, there’s a lot to learn and a lot of places to learn it from.  Below is a list of  industry newsletters that we think are helpful to subscribe to and hope you do too. 1. Publishers Lunch – Publishers Lunch comes from the same people who bring us Publishers Marketplace.  The newsletters from this site will include the most recent deals posted on Marketplace, a job board, job moves, and “Today’s Lunch,” which is usually a good source of industry news […]