This week in writing… deep breath edition

(I’m not feeling great this week guys, so this is a short one.)

Siva on a lotus stalk (via Wikimedia Commons)

The publishing world is still in turmoil, tectonic-plate upheaval, according to one author, and the rest of us are just trying to ride things out, holding on for dear lives. I think we all need to take a deep breath before we go on, because it’s getting nasty out there.

First up, is the news that the Department of Justice is going to sue 5 publishers and Apple over ebook price-fixing. There are many, many reports about what’s going on. Porter Anderson over at Jane Friedman’s blog has a summary of who said what, with links, and Nathan Bransford explains what it all means.

Kiana Davenport, who went from being a Big 6 author, to self-publishing, to Amazon’s new publishing arm. For her efforts, Davenport has been fired by her publisher, and called all kinds of names by former friends, including “slut.” Her graceful explanation of what transpired is here.

She isn’t the only author who is clamoring to find a foothold in the midst of all this craziness. With the field flooded, the trick now is for authors to reach readers who are bombarded with the availability of books. Goodreads’ CEO Otis Chandler discusses how books get a foothold in today’s market.

Now if you want to do the opposite of Ms. Davenport and move from self-pubbed to traditional, agent Sara Megibow has some advice for you.

With all the talk about ebook rights, and DRM management, and how much publishers should make, and how much libraries should pay, etc. etc., it seems that people have forgotten that piracy helped to build the New York publishing industry. Did you know that? I did not. Poor Charles Dickens!

Think social networking is a pain and you want to quit? Before you do, consider a recent finding that social networks boosted the creativity of these 3 notoriously reclusive artists. Of course, the optimal word here is “moderate” so maybe you do want to drop a few hundred twitter follows, just for your sanity.


8 thoughts on “This week in writing… deep breath edition

  1. Susan LaDue says:

    I found the links helpful. I’m especially enjoying the ones about social networking. Sorry you weren’t feeling well the day you wrote this post!

  2. Deborah Batterman says:

    It’s tempting to feel demoralized at times . . .considering how hard it is for a writer to get noticed. But this round-up reminds me that, for every bit of ‘bad’ news, there’s something heartening. All you need to do is seek it out. The link re: Emily Dickinson, etc., is fascinating. I’m off to download the original article. Sending (virtual) chicken soup your way.

  3. Tracey says:

    The social networking article was really interesting for me too. And funny, I have been more productive recently, as I’ve been socializing more. I would have thought it would be the opposite.

    Thanks for the virtual hugs and soup, guys!

    Welcome, Porter. Your posts are always incredibly insightful. I still need to click through all the links in your post just to wrap my head around the whole thing.

  4. MuMuGB says:

    I am sorry that you are not feeling well. I found your post ver informative, especially as I know nothing about the world of publishing. Not sure I will get there with all the on-going chaos!

  5. Tracey says:

    Despite the current chaos, you’ve just got to keep going. The one consistent thing about publishing is that you have to be persistent.

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