New At QueryTracker:
Congratulations to QT success storyMichael Hagan!
Seven agent profiles have been updated in the last week with changes such as new email addresses, two agents closing to queries and one opening up to queries. Always check for the most recent information (both from QT and from the agent's website) before you query.
Liberty Media is interested in purchasing Barnes And Noble. The LA-based Gores Group has expressed interest in buying half the remaining Borders Book stores. Meanwhile Amazon.com initiates "sunshine deals" to allow publishers to experiment with ebook pricing.
The Google Book Settlement appears to be dragging on longer than Jarndyce versus Jarndyce. The next hearing to discuss a draft of a settlement will take place on July 19th.
BEA's attendance figures were flat as compared to last year (although numbers rose with the inclusion of BlogWorld.)
Around the Blogosphere:
Author Jill Hathaway talks about self-doubt.
At The Passive Voice, a section you may want to include in your next publishing contract to prevent legal "Gotchas."
Via Janet Reid, seven tough questions for nonfiction writers (which you should ask yourself before writing your nonfiction proposal)
Also via Janet Reid, who gave a hat tip to Molly O'Neill:
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 unsurpassed Roseanne Wells of the Marianne Strong Literary Agency.