November 19, 2015 Leave a Comment
This week’s Publishing News and Industry Blogs post covers 10/23/15-11/6.
Amazon opens its first physical bookstore.
The American Booksellers Association’s online platform IndieBound releases a buy button to see if it increases sales.
The Dear Author lawsuit filed by Ellora’s Cave has been settled.
A court case about whether three JD Salinger books, now public domain in the US, can be licensed overseas has been moved to the home state of the current Salinger heir. The Salinger Literary Trust makes the argument that the longer copyright protection in the other countries can be upheld; the publisher seeking to license the translations makes the argument that the shortest copyright protection should be used. Both arguments are based on the Berne Convention.
Apple asks the Supreme Court to overturn the verdict on the e-book price-fixing case. The Supreme Court has not yet decided to take the case.
Have you ever wondered how the QueryTracker database is kept current? QT reveals.
Which, as agent Jessica Faust points out, is very important for agency databases–be sure to check the agent’s website before sending anything out. And if you’re disappointed that it’s taking a while for an agent to reply to you, you should probably glad she’s waiting until she’s hungry for a new client instead just wanting to clear out the inbox. She also shares a compilation of the top 10 worst pieces of query advice.
Agent Janet Reid offers advice and and answers questions. If you’re trying to find an agent for book 2, how much of book 1 should you mention in the query? (None; you’re querying book 2. Do say that book 1 is published, and whether or not the publisher has dibs on the series.) You’ve queried personal connections and have heard nothing; does this mean your book is bad? (No. Now go query someone else.)
An infographic from Stop Procrastinating looks at a survey of NaNoWriMo writers.
GalleyCat collects their tips for NaNoWriMo from previous years.
What other major publishing news have you encountered in the past two weeks?
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