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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 […]

Top 5 Publishing 2014 Reflections and 2015 Predictions

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. As we near the end of the year, we thought we would change things up and instead post 5 links to articles with predictions for the publishing industry in 2015. Digiday outlined what we learned about publishing this year, focusing primarily on web and magazine publishing. Publishers Weekly offers some ways we might improve diversity in book publishing like watching other industries and collaborating. Publishing Perspectives asked publishing executives to contemplate […]

Fanfiction and Fandoms: A Primer, A History

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  * * * The Magicians Trilogy author Lev Grossman in his 2011 Time article summarized the mentality surrounding fanfiction in mainstream culture as “what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker.” Now don’t get Grossman wrong—he is pro-fanfiction, but he also acknowledges that to outsiders, it’s an odd world of what some might call extremists. Despite […]

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 […]

Top 5 Publishing News Stories 5/19-5/23

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. Oyster and Scribd both strike deals with Simon & Schuster. Publishers might be able to learn a thing or two as The New York Times reevaluates its digital strategy. Smashwords partners with Overdrive to put more of its titles in libraries. Publishers Weekly is launching, BookLife, a […]

PW Panel: Are Publishing Seasons Relevant?

This article was originally published on our parent site for the book publishing industry, Publishing Trends.  **** By Amy Rhodes On Feb. 26, Publishers Weekly hosted its first discussion series of 2014 with a panel featuring Andy Laties, Store Manager at Bank Street Bookstore, Kim Wylie, VP Deputy Director of Sales at PGW, and Mary Beth Thomas, VP of Sales at HarperCollins. PW’s Jim Milliott moderated. Bringing together a representative from retail, distribution, and publishing, the panel addressed questions related to the pros and cons of traditional seasonal lists from 3 different angles. In the end, though, the differences between the publisher viewpoint and the distributor’s […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week, 7/29 – 8/2

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional 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. **** Obama gives a speech at Amazon warehouse in Chattanooga, now available on the new Kindle Singles.. Overstock and Amazon declare pricing war, resulting in continually lowering prices in an attempt to out-discount the other. People around the world double-checked the definition of  “debate” […]

Profiles in Publishing: Henry Holt

Name: Henry Holt Birthdate/Place: January 3rd, 1840, Baltimore, Maryland Publisher Associated With: Henry Holt and Company Claim to Fame: Holt graduated from Yale before entering Columbia Law School. He entered the publishing business with the late G. P. Putnam in 1863, another important figure in publishing and later a major figure behind the Penguin Group.  In 1866, Holt joined Frederick Leypoldt’s publishing company, the founder of publications like Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal. It later became Henry Holt and Company in 1873 when Leypoldt decided to devote himself to bibliographical work. Henry Holt and Company is […]

5 Top Publishing News Stories of the Week, 11/26-11/30

Every week we recommend 5 links to publishing news that the young professional should read to feel more informed and 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.     Simon & Schuster announced the creation of Archway, their own self-publishing unit–to mixed reviews. Amazon Publishing will be hopping across the pond–the company announced the launch of a European division. McGraw Hill Education will be acquired by […]

StoryDrive 2012 at the Frankfurt Book Fair: Digital Advances Made (a bit more) Easy

Authors, publishers, agents, executives, marketers, publicists, designers, you name it–everyone in the publishing world is gearing up for the Frankfurt Book Fair. The annual event is a gathering where all aspects of the book are showcased and explored–the making of, the selling of, the appeal of, the history of, the future of. Frankfurt’s Digital Initiative, SPARKS, is sponsoring StoryDrive 2012, a ‘trend show’ and ‘market place’ of crossmedia design. The Frankfurt Book Fair began StoryDrive in 2010, to what Publisher’s Weekly described as, “anemic” crowds who gathered to see admittedly […]