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The PW Morning Report: Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010

Craig Morgan Teicher -- August 5th, 2010

If today were Saturday, you’d be home now…

The World of Just Indies: What if the only bookstores left were independents? Portfolio wonders.

The 10 Most Expensive Rare Books: HuffPo is doing all these great lists of books.  Today it’s the 10 most expensive rare books recently sold on ABE Books.

The Upside of the B&N Sale?: Globe and Mail doesn’t see one, and anticipates an insider-led buyout.

Plimpton Filling Plimpton’s Shoes: George Plimton’s son is just now publishing his first book, and throwing parties at his father’s apartment. From the NYT.

Lit World Responds to Overturn of Prop 8: Various literary figures respond to yesterday’s overturn of California’s Proposition 8. From GalleyCat.

In Praise of the Novella: The Daily Beeast likes this curious literary form.

The PW Morning Report: Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010

Craig Morgan Teicher -- August 3rd, 2010

Are you ready for today’s links?  Ready or not…

New Brick-And-Mortar Bookstores: Not everyone is running scared from the recession and e-books, as this Wall Street Journal article explains.

Talking with Amazon’s Kindle VP: He says Amazon has 70-80 percent of the e-book market. From CNET.

A Fair E-book Royalty: Book Brunch explains why publishers believe 25% is a fair e-book royalty.

Android Outpacing iPhone: According to MacRumors, Android devices outsold iPhone in the first half of 2010.

Amazon’s Grant Program: Chad Post of Open Letter Books, who is guest editing Publishing Perspectives, praises Amazon’s grant program.

The Joy of Re-Reading: The Olive Reader contemplates it.

Is “I Write Like” Boosting Thomas Nelson?

Rose Fox -- July 19th, 2010

Jim Macdonald of Making Light thinks so:

So I went to the I Write Like site, subject of the post just below, and entered this text:

asdp0o pvpm eropms spe pebps.

And it told me I write like James Joyce.

Not even trying? Not even rational! Therefore, I asked myself, what’s the scam? So I looked at the rest of the text on the results page:

Great job! Do you want to get your book published?

“I have personally read through thousands of book proposals in my career as a publisher and agent. I know what these professionals are looking for—and what they are not looking for.”
— Michael Hyatt, Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Learn how to secure a book publishing contract!

In the comments he adds: “What I’m seeing is a site that tells newbie authors, ‘You write like Ernest Hemingway,’ tries to snaffle their email addresses, then offers them an overpriced e-book on how to query their novel, offered by a vanity publisher.”

And author Charles Stross chimes in:

I believe someone on a mailing list (which shall remain nameless) mentioned [the creator of the meme]‘d been on Hacker News, asking for ideas about monetizing his unexpectedly successful site.

Ah… initial announcement here. And the follow-up clarifies:

It’s spreading just like a perfect meme should :-) E.g. http://search.twitter.com/search?q=iwl.me

My question is, what should I do with it: (a) for monetary gain (It already achieved the SEO effect I planned, not sure what to do now). (b) for a good cause. I’m already thrilled to notice that people discover and re-discover writers and say “Oh, I write like [writer], I must read more of his works.” What can I do to get more of this effect? What do you think? I’m open to ideas or deals. Thank you!

The text Macdonald describes no longer appears anywhere on the IWL results page. Nonetheless, between these concerns and anger over the overwhelming predominance of white men in the IWL author database, this meme may be about to lose its popularity–and may already have other publishers thinking about harnessing the power of memes to boost their own visibility and that of their authors.

RWA Dings Dorchester Over Unpaid Bills

Rose Fox -- July 14th, 2010

On the Romance Divas forum (visible only to registered members, but anyone can register), author Debora Dennis reports that Romance Writers of America has canceled all official Dorchester events at the upcoming RWA conference:

Since I was scheduled for an editor appointment with Leah Hultenschmidt of Dorchester and had also volunteered to moderate the “spotlight on dorchester” – I was informed by email last night from the RWA that all editor appointments, workshops and spotlights on Dorchester Publisher have been cancelled.

Agents and authors have verified to RWA that Dorchester is past due in fulfilling contractual obligations to some of their authors at this time. Dorchester has confirmed and while making every effort to fulfill their financial obligations to their authors, those obligations will not be met before the conference.

RWA is hopeful Dorchester will be back in 2011.

Six months ago, Dorchester sold several major titles to Avon. Whatever cash that generated for them may not have been enough. We await confirmation from RWA and Dorchester, but this doesn’t sound good.

Hat tip to @dearauthor.

UPDATE, 3 p.m. on 5/15: A Dorchester rep sends in an official “no comment”. Still waiting on RWA.

The PW Morning Report: Monday, July 12, 2010

Craig Morgan Teicher -- July 12th, 2010

First off, please welcome the PW Morning Report to its now home on the PWxyz blog–we can have a little more fun with it if we tuck it in here.  Hope you had a good weekend, but it’s time to head back to the office.  Now, onto today’s links.

It’s a season for lists, though what season isn’t.  But this is a season for summer reading lists.  If you want to know what a handful of prominent artists, writers, historians and other smart people will be taking to the beach this summer, check out The Brooklyn Rail‘s summer reading list.

Are you worried about how to explain Sarah Palin to your kids?  For some, that conversation may be tougher than The Birds and the Bees.  Zondervan, the Christian publisher, hopes to come to your aid with a Palin biography for the 9 to 12 year old set, according to The New York Times.

Here’s a little history from The Washington Post about why To Kill a Mockingbird has been banned and otherwise challenged over the years.  Did you know the book was banned at one point for its use of the words “damn” and “whore lady”?

And here’s a heartwarming tale from The Consumerist blog about a man who bought a book from a thrift store, found out it was missing the last 30 pages, and wrote to Macmillan complaining.  Turns out the publishers was happy to send this man a new copy of the book–ending and all!

Finally, we leave you to start your week with a bit of video–Marilynne Robinson was on The Daily Show with John Stewart last week.  Here’s the clip in case you missed it.

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