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Condé Nast has a nasty surprise for writers
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For roughly the past six months, Condé Nast magazines have been inserting a new item into their master contract: a passage saying they own the TV and movie rights to all stories that appear in their magazines. Of course, CN didn't send out press releases touting the change. The surprise is there, though, buried in the boilerplate. (One more reason to read every word!) More

Amazon: E-book sales soared, print crawled
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In a statement accompanying its fourth quarter and full year results for 2012, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos neatly summed up where he sees the future of book retailing heading — especially for his company. "We're now seeing the transition we've been expecting," said Bezos. "After five years, eBooks is a multi-billion dollar category for us and growing fast – up approximately 70 percent last year. In contrast, our physical book sales experienced the lowest December growth rate in our 17 years as a book seller, up just 5 percent." More

The 10 dos and don'ts of writing a query letter
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Learning how to write a must-read query letter is nearly as important as writing a must-read manuscript—after all, an enticing query letter is what will get an agent to say, "Love your story. Send me the full manuscript." While query letters vary a little depending on who the agent is (and their guidelines) and what type of book you're writing (novel, nonfiction, poetry, etc.), there are many elements that remain the same. More

In praise of the language police
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Tim Parks, a British novelist, translator and author writes: "My comments on real or supposed differences between American and British English and the consequent frictions between editors and writers from these two countries provoked such an unexpected response that a few further words seem in order, above all on the vexed question of making texts conform to a hypothetical standard of language and usage or to a specific house style. Behind this apparently innocent editorial dilemma lies the whole issue of what we expect from literature." More

Barnes & Noble is 'fully committed' to retail
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Barnes & Noble has reacted to an article in The Wall Street Journal that quotes B&N retail group CEO Mitchell Klipper as saying the bookstore chain will have 450 to 500 stores in 10 years by stressing that the company’s management "is fully committed to the retail concept for the long term." A spokesperson noted that B&N has been closing about 15 stores annually for 10 years, a figure that includes a number of unprofitable stores as well as some relocations. More

Macmillan tests selling e-books to libraries in 2-year stretches
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Major publishers are taking wildly different approaches to resolving the woes surrounding e-book lending at libraries: they're experimenting with both the short-yet-cheap subscription as well as an expensive option to pay only once for perpetual use. Sure enough, the industry is now seeing the middle road. Macmillan plans to run a pilot project in the first quarter of the year that will charge libraries $25 per copy for a selection of 1,200 back catalog Minotaur Books titles, but give buyers better than usual lending rights for either two years or 52 loans, depending on the popularity. More

Sydney Landon: The best of both publishing worlds
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Some self-publishing authors are hitting the big best-sellers lists. Many of them then add traditional publishing to their repertoire. Sydney Landon is one of those authors. She hit the USA Today best-sellers list in August with "Weekends Required," which came out in paperback at the end of 2012 from Penguin. The paperback of "Not Planning on You" arrives Feb. 5, followed by "Fall for Me" later in February. In this article, Landon chats about her self-publishing roots and her favorite romance series that began as self-published works, like her "Danvers" series did. More

Amazon Children's Publishing names 2 new imprints
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Roughly a year after the Amazon Children's Publishing division launched, it has announced two new imprints. Two Lions will be home to picture books, chapter books and middle-grade fiction, and Skyscape will be devoted to titles for young adults, encompassing works from both established authors and new voices. More


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