Philip Roth is far from alone in taking a very long time to stop writing having announced that he is retiringWhen novelists say they are retiring, experience suggests it's best to nod politely and not believe them.
According to a recent article on the Futurebook blog, so far no publisher has proven that Evan Schnittman, industry thought-leader and current executive vice president and chief marketing and sales officer of Hachette Book Group, was wrong when he...
Amazon’s months-long dispute has been going on for longer than anyone had previously suspected. The ongoing contract fight between Hachette and Amazon entered its Nth round today as the retailer removed the pre-order buttons for many Hachette titles.
I had planned for a while to write something about the current contretemps between Amazon and my publisher, Hachette, but people like Peter Brown, Stephen Colbert, and Farhad Manjoo have said what I would have said, ...
Conrad Murray's insight:
Interesting article. I've never really understood the mentality of the Militant Wing of the Independent Publishing Movement ripping into traditional trade publishers, nor indeed the seeming belief that one size fits all - all of the time.
Different authors have different personality types: some are perfectly suited to selecting a cover designer, finding the best editor and putting together a professional quality book - but many are not. If they can find a publisher who is willing to take a chance on their work and publish then that is probably the best route.
We're seeing far too many authors pushing out work which should not have seen the light of day in its current form (or possibly at all - but that's another matter).
Authors need support - they can either get that from a traditional publisher or they need to be part of a community such as http://www.bookmarq.net where they can seek support from others in writing, production and marketing.
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Last week, Africa Is a Country, a blog that documents and skewers Western misconceptions of Africa, ran a fascinating story about book design. It posted a collage of 36 covers of books that were either set in Africa or written by African writers.
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