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Publishing News Roundup Series: The Revolving Door of Publishing

by Maureen Crisp •  August 31, 2015  •   Follow

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On this PNR series, we are talking about the revolving door of publishing.

This week we talk about the new self publishing sleep book for kids that is becoming a 7 figure publishing deal. We are also talking about Germany scrapping DRM on books:


The Revolving Door Of Publishing

 Pic from Inkyelbows… Debbie Ridpath Ohi


This week the hot topic around Twitter was that self published sleep book for kids written by a sleep psychologist which raced to number one on Amazon and is now in a 7 figure publishing deal. Hugh Howey looks at all the changes in publishing in this story.


Germany announced this week that they are scrapping DRM on Ebooks. Predictions that the English language will be next could be far fetched. Mike Shatzkin looks at DRM free implications and reading books on phones. Surveys just out say the number is up to 1 in 7 people mainly reading on their phone but which apps are the best for this.


Writer Beware reports that the Author Solutions case has been dismissed as they settled out of court… that’s one class action down… (PRH has deep pockets…)


Can data dictate publishing decisions? That’s the topic for Futurechat this week. With data being mined by Kindle Unlimited who know exactly when a reader stops reading to phone companies who know where and when a reader is reading…. What are the implications for publishers?



Writer Unboxed revisits the ten things not to say to a writer in light of some dubious comments being said to writers very recently.


Larry Brooks is writing for the Killzone blog and he has a few wise words to say about authors letting rip on their manuscripts before they have learned some fundamentals of the craft… (for a less measured approach see Chucks rant.)
Author Chronicles takes issue with those annoying pop up adds.


In the Craft Section,

How to describe people (Great post)

Chuck has a no holds barred post on rookie mistakes that new writers make. (You may never look at dialogue tags the same way again.)

Janice Hardy has two guest writers writing some great posts.
Bonnie Randall on killing your darlings unless you can give them goals and Amy Christine Parker on writing outside of your comfort zone. (Bookmark)


In the Marketing Section,

Building an author website – Joanna Penn

How to use Twitter to find Book Reviewers- Ricardo Fayet (Bookmark)


To Finish,
The Queen’s bookstore in London has turned hand selling into a high end art and a global enterprise… so now they are mixing it up by having a bookseller in Asia. Yes… I mean A Bookseller NOT A Bookstore…
Just when you think you know what is coming next in publishing…



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.