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Friday, October 24, 2014

Publishing Pulse for October 24, 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.

Since the last Publising Pulse, we've updated seventeen agent profiles. 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:

Even though Amazon and Hachette still haven't completed negotiations, Simon and Schuster did reach a deal with Amazon.

John Grisham made some interesting remarks about old men who watch child pornography, and later issued an apology, saying his statement was
...in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children. I can think of nothing more despicable. 
You can check out the list of finalists for the National Book Award.

And for this month's best panic-driven storyline, Adobe Digital Editions is spying on you. It's so hard not to make a joke like, In postmodern america, ebooks read you.

Around the Blogosphere:

A fascinating, amazing take on Amazon's algorithms by an indie author who was able to correlate sales to rank.

Hugh Howey calls for a ceasefire between indie authors and traditionally-published authors over the Amazon/Hachette kerfluffle.

An author admits to investigating, stalking and eventually confronting a reviewer who'd been bullying her online and urging others to bully her as well. There are 45,000 blog responses to this article, but I leave you with just the original.

As it turns out, literary agents were always hated and feared. Who knew?

Literary Quote of the Week:
“1. Write every day
2. Write what interests you.
3. Write for the child inside of you. (Or the adult, if you are writing adult books.)
4. Write with honest emotion
5. Be careful of being facile
6. Be wary of preaching
7. Be prepared for serendipity
Finally I would remind you of something that Churchill told a group of school boys: "Never give up. Never give up. Never, never, never give up.”
― Jane Yolen

Thanks for stopping by, and keep sending those queries!


Jane Lebak is the author of Seven Archangels: Annihilation. She has four kids,  three books in print, two cats, 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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