Appearance: Oak City Comicon

Michelle Ristuccia will be at Oak City Comicon this Saturday the 16th, signing her science fiction chapbook, Premeditations! Stop by from 10am to 12pm to catch her at the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation‘s vendor table at Oak City Comicon.

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#PREMEDITATIONS on Goodreads – Call for Reviews

My chapbook PREMEDITATIONS now has an [ Amazon ] page, a [ Goodreads ] page, in addition to its page at Folded Word where you can still get multi-pack discounts. We’d love to hear your opinion.

Have a question or comment about PREMEDITATIONS? Visit the Goodreads discussion thread!
Don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon  ] and on [ Goodreads ]. Thank you!

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Publishing Industry News

This week’s publishing news and industry blogs covers 12/19/2015-1/1/2016. Happy New Year!

And yes, after a little rest and recovery, I’m back on my feet and ready to catch you up with what’s been going on while you were celebrating.

Publishing News

The Authors Guild petitions the Supreme Court to hear the DOJ vs Apple case. Meanwhile, the DOJ petitions the Supreme court to turn down the case.

Shelfie is now also offering audio book editions for those who own print editions of certain books.

Industry Blogs

Writers and agents speculate on the coming year and reflect on the last year. Jim Hines. Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Janet Reid. Nephele Tempest.

A reflection on 10 years of graphic novel publishing from Publishers Weekly, interview-style with several industry professionals.

Agent Janet Reid answers questions and gives advice. How do agents feel about present tense? (Write well enough that the agent doesn’t notice the writing.) What’s the best thing to do with a lightly shopped but rejected manuscript: give it up and work on the next, self-publish, try for a new agent, or keep shopping it on your own? (It depends on what you want most.) If you’re writing in English but based outside the US, can you get published in the US? (Yes; you don’t have to mention in your query that you don’t live in the US.)

More from Reid: a spreadsheet of her recommended books on the craft of writing. An agent you’d like to work with has an assistant read your work and the assistant sends an R&R, but you disagree with their comments: what do you do? Remember that even your author bio is important promo; make every word you write good. Also, yes, cleaning up your website and writing your author bio is your job, not a traditional publisher’s: the difference between promotion and marketing. And some advice on the timing of promotion.

On the Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal blog, 5 social media myths are busted.

And on Writers Write, the benefits of reading!

Seems like most people were out celebrating the holidays, so not too much this time around. What other major publishing news have you encountered in the past two weeks?

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Publishing Industry News

This week’s publishing news and industry blogs post covers 12/5-12/18/2015. Here’s all the publishing news that happened while you were busy gearing up for Star Wars! Fair warning, it was pretty busy in the publishing world, too.

Publishing News

Publishers Weekly reports that some supply issues at Amazon have caused a backlog of some titles, impacting sales for several small and indie publishers.

Retailers reacted to the new provision on the Customs Reauthorization Act–a provision that, unrelated to the main subject matter of the bill, removes the possibility of taxing online purchases (called the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, guaranteeing sales tax can’t be collected on Internet purchases). The language was later removed, but an Internet Tax Freedom Act (not permanent) was passed as a part of the federal spending package, which basically extends the status quo of no sales tax on the Internet.

Seven amicus briefs have been filed in support of encouraging the Supreme Court to review the Apple vs the DOJ price-fixing case, each arguing Apple should not have been found liable. The DOJ has until Jan 4, 2016, to file a responding brief of opposition.

The lawsuit against the JD Salinger Literary Trust has been dropped after the case was transferred to the home state of Salinger’s widow, New Hampshire. The suit alleged the trust of interfering with the Devault-Graves Agency’s attempts to license foreign editions of Salinger stories that have lapsed into the public domain in the US, but that aren’t necessarily public domain yet by the laws of the foreign countries where they were to be sold.

The Book Industry Study Group adds 512 new categories to the subject headings list, improving particularly how young adult titles can be classified by separating young adult from juvenile.

Smashwords expands its global distribution by signing new e-book agreements with worldwide e-book retailers.

Ingram acquires a new service that allows publishers, retailers, and authors to sell and produce print and e-books directly through their own websites, social networks, and blogs.

Books-A-Million finalizes it privatization with Clyde B Anderson acquiring the company. Shareholders are entitled to $3.25 per share.

Author Peter Beagle sues Conlan Press on the grounds of elder abuse, defamation, and fraud. Author Jim Hines gives his take on the Peter Beagle vs Conlan Press lawsuit, filled with lots of additional links to further reading material, showing his support of Beagle. (Couldn’t find much about this one online elsewhere. Thanks to Aritê gunê Akasa for the link!)

In Britain, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals campaigns for British politicians to stop closing libraries and start taking care of those that are left.

Industry Blogs

Victoria Strauss on Writer Beware posts a success story about the Neoverse Short Story Writing Competition, in which the new, small-publisher sponsor listened to criticism about and requested feedback on the rules, and then re-wrote them to make them more fair to the authors.

On the other hand, again on Writer Beware, Strauss notices that a different publisher, Almond Press, responds to criticism of the less-than-ideal rules of its own contest by giving one-star reviews to all her books.

Agent Nephele Tempest posts Friday Links for 12/04 and 12/11 and 12/18. Check out 12/4 for a link to some short story competitions.

Agent Kristin Nelson shares her #2 reason for passing on queries even if the writing is good: stakes aren’t high enough. She also gives a couple of tips for what to do with your manuscript after NaNoWriMo.

Agent Jessica Faust weighs in on self-publishing: as long as you’re shopping a book that hasn’t been self-published yet, having an established self-publishing career won’t hurt you anymore–but it won’t necessarily help you, either. She then expands on why she won’t shop a book that has already been self-published.

Agent Janet Reid answers questions and offers advice. She explains why she thinks authors shouldn’t use italics, especially for more than one word at a time. And she explains when you shouldn’t write your query like a dust jacket.

QueryTracker answers the very important question of when to give up querying (or at least take a break).

On the Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal blog, how to keep mythology fresh in a modern setting, even when everyone else is writing contemporary-set mythology. And why an author newsletter is a must-have for marketing.

Author Nathan Bransford offers the Past Few Weeks in Books for 12/14.

Author Kristine Kathryn Rusch muses on thinking of your writing as a gamble, and why that’s a terrible plan.

On the Boston Globe, an article about how dead authors’ books are enormously popular right now.

A look at the anatomy of modern romance covers (published in November).

A digital subscription service, Playster, goes live in the US, offering access to media content including (but not limited to) music, books, films, and video games.

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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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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:
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• 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.


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