This week in the series we are talking about RITA and The Watchman refund.
We will also be talking about the author who yanked his book from St. Martin’s Press. Read the news below:
Villains and Heroes
This week doing the publishing rounds….
That RITA book.
That Watchman book refund.
That guy who yanked his book from St Martin’s Press.
There are plenty of sides to each story… though the RITA saga has left me scratching my head on how it even got published. (The RITA’s are the Oscar’s of the Romance world.) This book was nominated and finalled in two categories. Just dodgy on so many levels…
Then we have an Indie bookstore giving refunds for the latest Harper Lee book to disappointed readers. OK readers you were warned about the hype around it. You were told it was an untouched early MS… (possibly a money grab by the publishers.) The Guardian let off some steam around this.
The annual SCBWI LA conference wrapped up this week. Children’s writers who can’t get there drop into the official conference blog
where a team of dedicated writers live blog the sessions. It’s always interesting. Grab a coffee scroll down to the bottom and live vicariously.
Publishing Futurist Mike Shatzkin has an interesting post today about the changing nature of publishing.
He makes a comment about not seeing any of the big writers jumping from Traditional publishing which a couple of years ago everyone expected. And when are we going to see the United Artists model of publishing? (I’ve been saying for years that the Indie future is in the Bloomsbury model.) I wonder when we will get to say I told you so…
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About Maureen Crisp
Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.