A great story from The Grey Lady profiles James Daunt, the guy who’s tapped to “fix” Barnes and Noble.
His history in the UK suggests good things.
From Literary Hub, a bit of craft advice from Shirley Jackson.
My favorite line: “Far and away the greatest menace to the writer—any writer, beginning or otherwise—is the reader. . . . The reader is, in fact, the writer’s only unrelenting, genuine enemy.”
From The Atlantic, a story sure to set your heart afire.
A quote of interest:
“Those readers don’t luxuriate in individual books or pay much attention to the tastes of New York literary gatekeepers. Fans of romances and thrillers, Hildick-Smith says, tend to race through books quickly, which makes Amazon’s easily accessible ebooks and borrowing programs especially appealing to them.”
Amazon is turning into a publisher, and a distributor, and a retailer.
All for the low, low price of a Prime membership … and the death of traditional literary publishing.
My take: Don’t buy your [insert expletive here] books from Amazon, authors. Go to a local bricks-and-mortar store. Order from there. Keep our industry alive.
From Electric Lit, a brief introduction to morality clauses in publishing.
Sticky wicket – publishers need to protect themselves from authors swept up in #MeToo behavior, but some contracts go overboard to the author’s detriment.