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Friday, December 12, 2014

Publishing Pulse for December 12, 2014

New At QueryTracker:

Since the last Publising Pulse, we've added one agent profile and updated twenty four. 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:

Always changing is social media. In fact, Facebook is making some changes that may harm authors who use FB for marketing.

Amazon has listed its bestselling books for 2014. Buying off that list is kind of mutually reinforcing, no? Whatever. People liked those books. May we all sell as many. Meanwhile, the NY Times talks about the best book covers of 2014. My thought? Most of those covers would be death in a handbasket for genre fiction. The actual best book cover for a book is the cover that sells a million books.  I don't care if it's artful as long as it moves the product.

In case you weren't sure Neil Gaiman was amazing, he can recite Jabberwocky from memory.

A judge has ruled that you can send books to UK prisons. Apparently they're not dangerous after all.

Microsoft pulled out of its partnership with Nook.

Scholastic recalled a Geronimo Stilton book after it came to light that a map in the book completely erased the State of Israel.

Around the Blogosphere:

Agent Victoria Marini discusses working with a small press.

Identifying your unique brand.

Remember we talked about making an audiobook? Well, now it's time to market your audiobook.

And since we're talking about marketing, more tips for marketing bliss. Tell me that title itself isn't good marketing.

Eight things one author has learned about publishing a second book.

DBW has a survey out, and JA Konrath dissects the hell out of it. Takeaway: read the article and don't take the survey.

Literary Quote of the Week:

"All my life, I've been frightened at the moment I sit down to write." -Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Thanks for stopping by, and keep sending those queries! Oh, and buy someone special all the QT blog members' books for Christmas. Maybe yourself.

Jane Lebak is the author of An Arrow In Flight . She has four kids, four 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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