Congratulations to our two newest success stories!
Our listings this week include a new agent, Wendy Schermer of Mortimer Literary, and updates to thirteen other agents' profiles. Always double-check before you query.
A huge congratulations:
Happy publication day to longtime QueryTracker maven Leah Clifford! Her novel A Touch Mortal will be released this coming Wednesday, February 22nd.
Borders Books files bankruptcy, listing a total debt of $1.29 billion. Learn more about the causes, other causes, the effects, and whether their location near you is on the list of ones that will be closing. (Your Kobo ebooks, by the way, are perfectly safe.)
AAP reported that electronic books registered $441.3 million for the year among the reporting companies, compared to $166.9 million a year ago. Ebooks made just under 8% of book sales for the year.
Macmillan has launched a romance community site at www.heroesandheartbreakers.com where you can read short stories, get news, writing tips, and a lot more.
With Texas seeking $270 million in taxes from Amazon.com because they have a distribution center in Austin, Amazon has decided to close its warehouse there.Around the web:
It's a dangerous world. Find out how to spot a bogus literary agent. (Keep in mind that QueryTracker's very own Patrick is selective about which agents he puts into the database in order to reduce this risk; you can also check at Preditors And Editors if you aren't sure whether an agency is legit.)
Jessica Faust of BookEnds will be highlighting one query per week on her weblog. It could be yours!
Literary Quote of the Week:
"Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking." -William Butler Yeats
Jane Lebak is the author of The Guardian (Thomas Nelson, 1994), Seven Archangels: Annihilation (Double-Edged Publishing, 2008) and The Boys Upstairs (MuseItUp, 2010). At Seven Angels, Four Kids, One Family, she blogs about what happens when a distracted daydreamer and a gamer geek attempt to raise four children. She is represented by the perceptive Roseanne Wells of the Marianne Strong Literary Agency.