The profiles of several agents were updated this week. Please make sure you double-check every agent's website or Publisher's Marketplace page before querying.
You can see the publisher updates list here.
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Simon & Schuster have joined with Author Solutions to form a new self-publishing program called Archway Publishing. Some writers wonder if it's ethical. Some writers are pretty confident it isn't.
Those writers believe that money should always flow to the writer. Speaking of which, happy holdidays from Kindle Direct Publishing-- KDP Select authors are getting a little bonus this year.
Need to rebrand yourself? Sometimes, a writer reaches a point where a change in brand is needed--perhaps when making the huge jump to published author. Here's an article that may be useful in rebranding social media profiles.
Here's a handy reference of publishing terms (so you know what the heck folks are talking about on the forum.) Read this list and you'll be talking like a pro in no time at all.
The Twitter Feed
Whenever I'm in the mood for a little research, current events or plain old diversion, Twitter.com is my resort. (Sometimes it's my last, too. I lose track of time there.) Here are some of the interesting Tweets I came across this week:
How do you digitize 90,000 anncient books, documents & papyrus texts? via
@EMCTV #EMC http://bit.ly/V2R8nf
Top tips for
#authors to #market their #books podcast when doing TV and radio. http://ow.ly/fwSMC #marketing #publishing
NaNoWriMo writers produced 3.2 billion words in a single month, 200 million more than last year http://mbist.ro/11GlRMU
Tools of Change
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Ash Krafton is a speculative fiction writer who resides in the heart of the Pennsylvania coal region, where she keeps the book jacket for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" in a frame over her desk. She is a tremendous fan of Jane Lebak's QTB author bio. Visit Ash's blog at www.ash-krafton.blogspot.com for news on her urban fantasy "Bleeding Hearts: Book One of the Demimonde" (Pink Narcissus Press 2012).