Publishing Industry news

This week’s Publishing News and Industry Blogs post covers 10/23/15-11/6.

Publishing News

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.

Industry Blogs

On the Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal blog, how take your villain from mustache-twirling trope to fully-fleshed, worthwhile villains.  Or even the villain your readers will love (to hate).

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.

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Publishing Industry News

This week’s Publishing news and industry blogs post covers 8/7/15-8/21/15.

Publishing News

Simon & Schuster partners with in a deal that will allow eligible customers to download free one of seven e-books.

Family Christian Stores have asked for approval for their reorganization plan for their bankruptcy filings.

Educational publishers file a copyright and trademark infringement suit against US textbook-resellers Information Recyclers, on grounds that it imported and resold copies of textbooks the publishers allege are pirated editions.

The Authors Guild encourages academic authors not to give exclusive rights to publishers, a practice that is uncommon in most traditional publishing contracts but common in university press publications.

Industry Blogs

Agent Nephele Tempest posts some fun writing links for 8/14, and 8/21.

On QueryTracker, 5 query mistakes that make you look like an amateur.

Agent Janet Reid offers advice and answers questions. You’ve got a contract in hand but no agent, but want an agent–when do you query? (Now’s good. Or when you’re about to talk options.) She explains the etiquette of book reviewing. A reader asks her about a creative writing course; she says she doesn’t pay attention to where writers learn to write, only whether or not they can, and the best people oto ask are the graduates.

Agent Kristen Nelson explains why a good agent should be friendly with, but not friends with, editors.

On the Editor’s Blog, an issue that I have to fix all the time at my day job (yes, it really is my job to correct other peoples’ grammar): adjectives modifying multiple nouns, and why order and parallelism matter and can have unintended consequences. And she gives a cheat sheet on compound words, from when to hyphenate to the differences between British English and American English.

Author Kristine Kathryn Rusch analyzes the story of an author who backed out of a traditional publishing deal 2 months before the book was released (Publishers’ Weekly article) due to the publisher’s lack of support, a move that 10 years ago might have ruined his career–and why it’s a move he can make today, (Rusch’s analysis) thanks to the new publishing world. Nor is he the first author to walk away from a Big Five publisher for similar reasons–Jane Friedman why she also walked away.

At Books & Such Literary Agency blog, how to look good on your webcam.

Write MG or children’s books? Kids discuss the reasons they read.

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#ElysianSprings Press Release

July 10th, 2015 – For Immediate Release
Authors Address Aging with Hilarious & Heartbreaking Superhero Nursing Home Anthology
What happens when superheroes become senior citizens?

In ten stories and one comic, the anthology Elysian Springs: Adventures form the Nursing Home for Aging Superheroes explores the twilight years of heroes, villains, and sidekicks. The stories are at-times both hilarious and heartbreaking as the authors make the complex subject of aging accessible through the modern-day mythology of superheroes.

“I wanted stories that were both moving and funny,” said Lauren Harris, project runner and assistant editor at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show magazine “—stories that included themes like loyalty, reconciliation, coping with disability, and the effects of the discrimination 20th Century heroes might have gone through. I know how important representation is, and we’re trying to hit as many levels as we can: race, gender, sexuality, though especially age and ability. My superpower as editor is being able to ensure (forgive the pun) that this kind of representation happens.”

By August 5th, 2015, the project runners hope to raise $9,800 through crowdfunding to pay the authors and artists professional rates for their work.

Elysian Springs: Adventures from the Nursing Home for Aging Superheroes includes contributions from New York Times bestselling authors Gail Z. Martin and Tee Morris, as well as popular indie favorites Jared Axelrod (Tales from the Flying City), Christopher Morse (Superhero Corner), and Chris Lester (Metamor City).

Elysian Springs: Adventures from the Nursing Home for Aging Superheroes invites global participation in the ongoing project in any or all of the following ways:
• Support Kickstarter at
• Share on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Instagram (#elysiansprings)

About Lauren Harris
Lauren Harris, Editor of Elysian Springs, is the author of the Millroad Academy Exorcists series and assistant editor at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show magazine. Her fiction has appeared in Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences and the Pendragon Variety Podcast.
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Elysian Springs: Adventures from the Nursing Home for Aging Superheroes is administered and published by Pendragon Press, a part of the Pendragon Variety Network.


If you’d like more information about Elysian Springs: Adventures from the Nursing Home for Aging Superheroes, or to schedule an interview with Lauren, please email or send us a Tweet @LadiesPendragon.

Elysian Springs Q&A at 7pm, 7/10/15 on Google Hangouts

Get the scoop on ELYSIAN SPRINGS, Lauren “Scribe” Harris’s exciting new anthology about a nursing home for retired superheroes! Lauren and author Chris Lester will discuss the creation of Elysian Springs, the Kickstarter to fund the anthology, and questions from audience members about the story world.

Tonight at 7pm eastern time. Don’t miss it!


Elysian Springs Audio Promo

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Elysian Springs: Adventures from the Superhero Nursing Home

Announcing our upcoming superhero anthology!

“Elysian Springs: Adventures from the Superhero Nursing Home,” an anthology by Pendragon Press.

WHAM! POW! CREAK! Ever wonder what happens to superheroes when their crime-fighting prime has past? Find out in 10 tales and one comic.

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Even heroes age…

Witness the twilight adventures, the heartbreaking reconciliations, and the super-senior hijinks of heroes, villains, and sidekicks long past their world-saving window…or are they?

In ELYSIAN SPRINGS: ADVENTURES FROM THE NURSING HOME FOR AGING SUPERHEROES anthology, you’ll read ten stories and a comic by authors like Gail Z. MartinTee MorrisMisty Massey, and Jared Axelrod, plus a ten-page comic from Jason Strutz.

And just look at the preliminary cover by artist Pieter Wessels. You know you want a poster!

Help make Elysian Springs a reality at our Kickstarter Page!

Patreon, Chibis, Narrators for Upcoming Books – Episode 117

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I talk about the Patreon, adorable Hunters Unlucky reward chibis, and mull over possible narrators and narration strategies for upcoming books.

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Patreon, Chibis, Narrators for Upcoming Books – Episode 117