Friday Filler: News You Can Use

It’s that time again, time for a roundup of book news, contests, resources, events, and WLT member news! So let’s get going:

News

Indie Writers: With the ever-expanding options for self-publishing, Amy Edelman (right) of IndieReader.com raises an interesting question this week at Publishing Perspectives: “Why Is Indie OK for Musicians and Filmmakers… But Not for Writers?” Good question. Read it and let us know what you think.

The Agency Model: No, we’re not talking Ford or Elite. Doris Booth, editor-in-chief of AuthorLink, posted an eye-opening opinion piece, “Publishers’ Agency Model Punishes Mid-List Authors.” It dissects how the new agency model struck by publishers and Amazon in attempt to agree on how to set retail pricing for books in the e-book world. Turns out the agency model actually slashes author royalties. Read “Publishers’ Agency Model Punishes Mid-List Authors.”

Facing Rejection: Writers are always puzzled by not getting explanations from agents about why they were rejected. Here’s agent Rachelle Gardner’s explanation Continue reading

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Short Fiction Contest

The deadline for Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Award is Saturday, February 28. Prizes include:

  • First place: $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies
  • 2nd-place: $500 and possible publication
  • 3rd-place: $300 and possible publication

Other details:

  • Reading fee: $15 per story
  • Open to all writers
  • Stories not to exceed 3,000 words

For more information, see the guidelines.