The Andrew Wylie Rules How the literary agent still makes millions off highbrow/New Republic

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I always enjoy interviews with crusty, irreverent people. Laura Bennett’s interview (linked below) with literary agent and renegade publisher Andrew Wylie is downright entertaining, and it points up some truths about the publishing industry today:

  • The industry’s intransigence over digital publishing and awarding respectable digital revenues to writers. 
  • Amazon’s co-opting of publishing (along with Apple) while not bothering to use their leverage to get their books into stores. 

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Amazon Broadens Its Terrain/New York Times – Books

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Writers, are you looking for a new pathway to being discovered?

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Then Amazon’s Kindle Singles may be the thing. The article linked below introduces you to Singles, and to their mastermind, David Blum.

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The Simple Reason Why Goodreads Is So Valuable to Amazon/The Atlantic

As much as AMAZON seems a bully in the book market in some ways, they’re not complacent, as the article linked below shows. Grabbing Goodreads will give them a window into readership habits and trends.

Good for both readers and writers doing business with AMAZON to know.

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Retreating to Summer

 

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Poets & Writers, March/April 2013

 

Sometimes writers just need to get away from family and day job and hobnob with other writers, you know? So every year about this time P&W publishes an issue on retreats for writers, this being 2013‘s version of that. Some are romantically impractical, others are hardy and inexpensive. Look and choose.

From a report on Egyptian writers post-Tahrir Square to An international book fair in Serbia to balancing writing with having and rearing children, this issue also hopes to give us an appreciation of the writing life in all its variations.

An article that caught my eye: “Indie Retailers and the Amazon Effect.” What with Amazon pushing its way to dominance of the book trade, other booksellers are forming defensive alliances…strange days for writers and publishers, no?

 

 

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Amazon Good, Amazon Bad

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Amazon.com has its benefits, particularly for struggling writers, but is it good for the book biz in general? The UK would likely say no for the moment. It has a near-monopoly over the e-book biz in Europe at the moment, and monopolies quickly find ways to act in high-handed fashion, as the article linked below tells us.

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