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Friday, April 3, 2009

Publishing Pulse 4/3/09

Agent News

New agent added to Querytracker.net:

Eleanor Jackson at Elaine Markson Literary Agency


Exciting news! Agent Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of the Nancy Coffey Literary Agency has agreed to judge our very first Querytracker.net Blog Contest later this month! AND, as regular readers of our blog, you'll have a leg up... because we'll be announcing the details in advance right here. Stay tuned!

The quarterfinals round of the Amazon Breakout Novel Award contest is in full swing, with just under two weeks left, so if you haven't checked out the entries and rallied for your favorites, you can find the quarterfinalists here.

Also, it's not too late to enter the Knight Agency's Book in a Nutshell contest (deadline is April 20th)

Publishing News

Borders got a financial reprieve.

Publisher Mills & Boon announced plans to start their own social networking site for romance fans.

And the American Book Society agreed to limit mega-advances.


Probably the single biggest hoopla this week was Agentfail, an intended counterpoint to Queryfail, hosted on the BookEnds blog. The 230+ comments there caused quite a stir.

Several agents have posted their reactions, including Jenny Rappaport, Janet Reid, Elana Roth, and Nathan Bransford.

Rachelle Gardner posted a helpful list of what to expect from your agent.

In other news, the lovely and talented Authoress at Miss Snark's First Victim celebrated her one-year Blogiversary with a sale on her ebook, Agent: Demystified.

Samhain Publishing called for submissions of bondage romance novellas (20 - 25K words). Read the details here.

H. L. Dyer, M.D. writes women's fiction and works as the Clinical and Academic Director for the Hospitalist Program at a pediatric teaching hospital near Chicago. In addition to all things literary, she enjoys experimental cooking and composing impromptu parodies to annoy close friends and family. Click to visit her personal blog, Trying to Do the Write Thing.


M. Dunham said...

Excellent, I didn't realize the quarter finals were out now for Amazon.

Jenn Nixon said...

Contest! Sounds fun. Can't wait to see what you're doing.

I'm not in the top 100 downloads for the ABNA anymore, but I'm doing well with non-friend reviews!

Michelle D. Argyle said...

Great links! I love how you keep us updated. The contest sounds exciting!

Danyelle L. said...

Contest sounds fun. :)

*waits in anticipation*