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.

What other publishing news have you encountered in the past two weeks?

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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.

Kickstarter Page

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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Publishing Industry News

This week’s publishing news and industry blogs post covers 5/22-6/5.Publishing News

In the UK, the rumor is that Penguin Random House and Amazon UK are having a terms dispute.

JD Salinger has three short stories in the American public domain–which a publisher is packaging and trying to sell to foreign markets. Salinger Literary Trust disputes, and the courts are looking at the impact of individual foreign countries’ take on public domain rights as compared to US rights. Since European countries typically have longer life of copyright than American copyrights, but there’s an unequally enforced statute that the country of origin’s copyright lifespan should be used, the decision could possibly impact the US’s take on global public domain policy.

British publishers take on and win against e-book overseas pirate websites.

Industry Blogs

Agent Nephele Tempest posts a group of Friday Writing Links for 5/22 and 5/29.

Agent Janet Reid gives advice and answers questions. She shares an insightful post on writing a great synopsis. Is it okay to mention that you really like the agent/editor you’re querying, or is that unwelcome? (Be specific about what you like, but sincere thanks isn’t a bad thing.)  You don’t like a potential agent’s voice or phone mannerisms, despite that they’re not rude or particularly bad; is that a legit reason to turn them down? (No. If they’ve got a good rep and are well-established, the editors who matter are already used to her voice.) Is 6 weeks long enough for an edit and requery? (Not really, a revise and resend takes a lot of work. And not just cleaning up some stray grammar.) How important are websites for queriers? (Not so much for Reid.)

Agent Kristin Nelson offers insight into the Publishers Markplace Deal Lunch subtext: What does each adjective used to describe a deal mean? And what does it mean when no mention is made of an advance?

At BookEnds Literary Agency, a new agent joins the crew. Advice on how to choose what to wear to a conference.

Agents at Books and Such Literary Management share some advice. Wendy Lawton explains why sometimes, when an agent is sitting on a manuscript, it might be the smartest move for the author’s career. Rachelle Gardner explains 6 factors in deciding which publisher to go with when offered multiple deals.

Author Kristine Kathryn Rusch reflects on John Scalzi’s $3.4M deal with a traditional publishing company, and points out to those who criticize that Scalzi did what he felt was right for his own career–publishing isn’t a one-size-fits all, after all.

Fiction editor Beth Hill reminds that often cutting big parts of a manuscript actually adds to the story. If a chapter doesn’t feel like it fits after revisions, maybe it’s time to cut the whole chapter; you book might have changed enough that less has become more for that particular plot bunny.

When it comes to image file types, which should you use? CompanyFolders gives an infographic explaining when to use which, and also explain in detail, breaking down with a description of each type of image and where it comes from/what it’s used for.

How popular is Wattpad? Apparently it has, monthly, more than 40 million people using the site. (in math terms, that’s p>40,000,000, and yes, I wrote that out because it’s a lot of zeros and I like math and maybe it’s getting a little too close to my bedtime as I write this post).

What major publishing news have you encountered in the past two weeks?

(The next news post will July 3, so it may be broken into two parts, or longer than usual. Regular news posting schedule will resume afterwards.–See you then!)

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