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Friday, November 15, 2013

Publishing Pulse for November 15th, 2013

New At QueryTracker:

This week we've added three agents to our database and updated six agent profiles. Because things change so quickly in this industry, please make sure you double-check every agent's website or Publisher's Marketplace page before sending your query.

Don't be the querier who triggers that kind of tweet.

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

Publishing News:

At the end of an eight-year case, Google's book scanning is ruled fair use.

Writers respond to a survey claiming they self-censor because of fears the NSA is spying on them.

Follett lays off 10% of college store sales staff, and apparently there's some controversy about the severance agreement the employees had to sign. 

Around the Blogosphere:

Have a peek at an editor's to-do list.

Agent Rachelle Gardner discusses a writer's life as a cluster of paradoxes. But that's okay, because apparently creative types themselves embody a whole host of emotional paradoxes. (I really liked that second article.) 

The appeal of tragedy and the dark in fiction.

via The Passive Voice blog, an article from The Nation on writing as women's work and the devaluation of content.

Why agents reject 96% of queries.

Literary Quote of the Week:

 A man's bookcase will tell you everything you'll ever need to know about him. 
-Walter Mosley

Thanks for stopping by, and keep sending those queries!

Jane Lebak is the author of The Wrong Enemy. She has four kids, three cats, two books in print, and one husband. She lives in the Swamp and spends her time either writing books or swatting mosquitos. At Seven Angels, Four Kids, One Family, she blogs about what happens when a distracted daydreamer and a gamer geek attempt to raise four kids. If you want to make her rich and famous, please contact the riveting Roseanne Wells of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency. 

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