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

Taking the Pressure Off Blogging

Just when it looked like blogs were taking over our lives, Neil Gaiman comes to our rescue with some sage advice in this piece from “Publishing Perspectives,” byeditor-in-chief Ed Nawotka, a longtime journalist and current Texan.

“Use your blog to connect. Use it as you. Don’t ‘network’ or ‘promote.’ Just talk,” says Gaiman. “It’s much more important to write than to blog, so only blog if it makes you happy and if you have something to say.”

A breath of fresh air!

There’s also some great advice from other writers about Twitter and other social networking tools. Read the whole article here.

“Publishing Perspectives” is also a great source for intriguing articles on global publishing. So check it out.

— Cyndi Hughes