TeleRead Links: Article length, mobile editors, bookstore returns, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

TLDR: so just how short should your online article be? (The Guardian) It’s why the inverted pyramid remains a useful model on which to craft story telling. Created for print to allow subeditors to [...]

Penguin Random House Canada head courts controversy with $100,000 minimum revenue requirement

By Chris Meadows
July 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

There seems to be some controversy in Canada over a recent statement by Brad Martin, head of Penguin Random House Canada, in a column discussing the PRH merger. Martin said, “I’m not interested [...]

Authors United and ABA Call For DOJ Investigation of Amazon

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 14, 2015 // 14 Comments

I was going to stay out of this fight. I really was. But two statements are so wrong that I just couldn’t. Okay, context first. Remember Authors United, the group which last year talked about [...]

Authors Guild complains about publishers’ low e-book royalties

By Chris Meadows
July 11, 2015 // 3 Comments

The Authors Guild has issued the opening salvo in its Fair Contract Initiative. The organization has released a lengthy report to its membership detailing the inadequate royalties authors are [...]

Writer Inc: Month 2

By Joanna Cabot
July 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

It has been an exciting first month for me on the Kindle store. I sold 5 books, and released my latest title just before the weekend. I am learning a lot about the eBook business as I go! Here are a [...]

What ails Sweden’s book world?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

After several very in-depth discussions with publishers, booksellers, and writers in Sweden, I can report an industry in crisis – and one which is stumbling towards possible solutions, [...]

Appeals court upholds Cote’s Apple anti-trust verdict and settlement

By Chris Meadows
June 30, 2015 // 5 Comments

Only last month, the 2nd Circuit appeals court said that anti-trust monitor Michael Bromwich could continue to monitor Apple in a ruling on Apple’s appeal of Judge Cote’s refusal to dismiss him. [...]

What Indie Authors Can Learn from Big Retail

By Joanna Cabot
June 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

As a relative Twitter newbie, I have been burning up my Kindle Unlimited downloads this month on social media guides for authors. How much to tweet? What to say? How to say it? It all felt so [...]

A dirty secret of big publishing: More fact-checking needed. Fixes on the way?

By David Rothman
June 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

When I worked on The Silicon Jungle, I didn’t just benefit from a keen-eyed copy editor at Ballantine Books. Sentence by sentence, a computer consultant vetted me. A few years later I published [...]

Book review: Strange Tales V edited by Rosalie Parker, Tartarus Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

The fifth in an award-winning series of speculative fiction anthologies from Tartarus Press, Strange Tales V contains some outstanding instances of dark, strange, bizarre, and disturbing writing. No [...]

Amazon and Penguin Random House agree to contract

By Chris Meadows
June 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Amazon has signed a new contract with Penguin Random House, Publishers Weekly reports. Penguin Random House represents the last of the Big Five (nee Big Six) publishers and the last of the “Agency [...]

Author’s Guild Proposing Contract Challenges

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 18, 2015 // 4 Comments

Now this is a step in the right direction, assuming they follow through on it. The Author’s Guild is proposing an initiative for fair author contracts, and I think they are right on. Authors [...]

Book review: The Unquiet House by Alison Littlewood, Jo Fletcher Books

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 13, 2015 // 4 Comments

Yorkshire-based UK horror and dark fiction writer Alison Littlewood has already produced some very fine horror novels, and this, her third, has been nominated for Best Novel in this year’s [...]

Sad Puppies roundup, and the Irene Gallo controversy

By Chris Meadows
June 10, 2015 // 8 Comments

It’s been some time since our last few posts covering the Sad/Rabid Puppies Hugo Awards controversy, and a few interesting developments and articles have come out since then, so it’s time for a [...]

Book review: After the People Lights Have Gone Off, by Stephen Graham Jones, Dark House Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

This collection by Stephen Graham Jones has been cropping up on slate after slate for this year’s awards, with Best Collection nominations in the Bram Stoker Awards and Shirley Jackson Awards, [...]

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