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Friday, August 29, 2014

Publishing Pulse for August 29, 2014

New At QueryTracker:

The QueryTracker bloggers have decided to change our Publishing Pulse schedule to the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Please update your calendars accordingly.

We've added seven agent profiles to our database and updated fourteen. That's a lot of motion in the industry, so please make sure you double-check every agent's website or Publisher's Marketplace page before sending your query.

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:

.Publishing pay rose an average of 2.8% in 2013. Rolling in money, yeah.

A high school student was arrested for writing a story about killing a dinosaur. And similarly, an English teacher is banned from school property because he wrote a novel involving school shootings. In similar news, September 21-27 will be Banned Book Week.

In New York? Check out the Floating Library!

The 2014 Hugo Awards have been announced -- go check out the winners!

The demise of the printed newspaper is a lot closer than we think.

Around the Blogosphere:

In case you needed a reminder of how evil publishers are:

Hugh Howey writes about discoverability for writers.

Why every story needs an impact character.

What happens when multimillion dollar corporations start expecting artists and writers to work for free.
I get "offers" at least once a week to write things for some great new start up. "Our website gets 50,000 page views per month!" they'll say, cheerily. "Think of the exposure!" Yes, exposure leads to either sunburn or frostbite, neither of which is pleasant. 
Don't worry -- musicians get taken advantage of too.

Literary Quote of the Week:

When you're a writer, sometimes you have to spend time poking at a part of yourself that normal, sane people leave alone. -Vikram Chandra

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 tries to do one scary thing every day. You can like her on Facebook, but if you want to make her rich and famous, please contact Roseanne Wells of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency. 

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