If you've considered self-publishing as a way of getting a book contract with a trade publisher, Agent Janet Reid has some spot on advice at the kind of hurdles you'll be facing. The discussion in the comments is full of some great information too.
Via GalleyCat, talks are underway for a possible merger of Penguin and Random House.
There's been a lot of talk about Amazon being a threat to trade publishers over the last year or two. Mike Shatzkin discusses the latest and why trade publishers aren't in danger of their big titles being stolen as of yet.
Author Patricia C. Wrede discusses publishing deadlines--bane or blessing?
Via Porter Anderson (Writing on the Ether), are some great tips on getting the most out of your conferences.
Lastly, editor and author Chuck Sambuchino delves into what you'll need to consider when promoting your book once it's been published.
Danyelle Leafty| @danyelleleafty writes YA and MG fantasy. She is the author of The Fairy Godmother Dilemma series (Catspell, Firespell, Applespell, and Frogspell), Slippers of Pearl, andBitten: A Novel of Faerie, and can be found on her blog. She can also be found on Wattpad.