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Friday, August 17, 2012

Publishing Pulse for August 17th, 2012

New At QueryTracker:

We updated nine agent profiles this week, including agents who opened or closed to queries. Please make sure you double-check every agent's website or Publisher's Marketplace page before querying.

If you're a QueryTracker premium member, then you can be notified whenever an agent or publisher is added or updates their profile. If you're not a premium member, you can just check for yourself.

Publishing News:

Apple says the DOJ ebook proposed settlement is fundamentally unfair

SF author Harry Harrison has passed away. So has humorist/essayist David Rakoff, whose final novel will be published in 2013. May perpetual light shine upon them.

The Women's Book Association is awarding their 2012-2013 award to Ann Pachett.

Around the Blogosphere:

Janet Reid is looking for the finalists for the Claymore Award for Unpublished Manuscripts. If you're one of them, please email her. 

Lara Perkins helps you know whether your manuscript is ready to query.

Kristin Nelson reflects on the time it took to build a successful literary agency (and how she might not have done it had she known ahead of time what it would take) and on the opposite side, Neil Gaiman talks about what it takes to be a successful artist/creator...and how he might not have done as well if he'd known at the beginning.

Were you curious about the 21 traits of bestselling fiction? Now you know.

A New York Times critic makes the case for critics...and how Twitter might be softening criticism. 

What it's like being a literary agent searching for the right fit with new clients.

Literary Quote of the Week:

"Every day should be unwrapped as a gift." -Harry Harrison

That's all we have for now. Until next week, keep those queries flying!

Jane Lebak is the author of The Wrong Enemy, to be released by MuseItUp this coming September. She is also 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 riveting Roseanne Wells of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency. 


E. Arroyo said...

Some great info. Thanks.

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