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Publishing News Roundup Series: The Effect of Politics on Publishing

by Maureen Crisp •  June 27, 2016  •   Follow

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This week politics is taking up the world news space.

A lot of different countries are currently dealing with voting, including Britain and the US. With all the politic talk around, the publishing world is also getting affected. From talks of copyright to political books on the rise, everything seems to be all about voting and its affect on the publishing world:


Taking Sides

Pic: Flickr Creative Commons- Alan Cleaver


The news at the moment is all around voting. Britain went to the polls about staying in the EU. American senators have been staging a sit in about wanting to vote on a gun law. Australia is gearing up for a National Election, the outcome of which may spell a real hit on copyright. What does it all mean for publishing? Porter Anderson takes a global litmus test on how the publishing industry may be faring in this toxic political landscape.


In the meantime independent presses are opening bookstores... This seems to be a move designed to increase a unique community awareness and maximise profits. After all if Amazon can do it with a third
bookstore planned soon…


Bob Mayer speculated recently about what would happen if Barnes and Noble closed... James Scott Bell has an open letter to a discouraged author. 


Audio Books are being pushed into the mainstream- why? Digital Book World speculates about profits.


A lot of authors are concerned about the scammer attacks happening on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. However Amazon’s method of dealing with a book taken over by a pirate scammer was not helpful. Instead of dealing with the scammer Amazon closed down the hapless author’s account. This author and a few others may have got caught up in Amazon’s clean up of email blast services which were tweaking their bestseller lists. Hugh Howey explains how this happens. But will Amazon touch Bookbub- the most influential marketing list around…


Anne R Allen has another edition of her scamming watch out list targeting authors. This is a must read and share around post.


In a nice piece of good news Apple have begun to pay out their refunds from the price fixing case they were involved in.


In The Craft Section,
How to plot – K M Weiland- Bookmark
Glimmertrain essay on Description– Bookmark


In the Marketing Section,
5 Online Marketing Trends Authors should consider
How to nail Author SEO– Miral Slatter
To Finish,
Publishers Weekly highlighted the story of two children’s authors who were disinvited from school visits … One of the authors seemed to be disinvited because he openly supported another children’s author who had written a ‘controversial’ book. As some children’s authors have said… you want to censor us because of what we ‘might’ say?

Good luck with all the voting…

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.