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May.20.2010
By Jonathan Weisman(Photo by Chuck Kennedy/The White House via Getty Images) Barack Obama’s two books – “Dreams from My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope” – made the president a rich man, and last year, he got $500,000 richer with an advance to shrink “Dreams from My Father” down for middle...
dale-estey's picture
Apr.03.2010
By Philip Boroff March 31 (Bloomberg) -- Five months ago, Chad Harbach was an out-of-work copy editor with an unpaid position at a literary journal and an unpublished novel: 475 pages centering on a baseball team at a fictional Wisconsin college. A few weeks ago, Hachette Book Group’s Little,...
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Feb.25.2010
I recently came across a blog posting in which a woman who claims to be an expert in book publishing advocated that authors not accept low advances because it could hurt their careers forever. Here is a bit of what she wrote: "Think of your very first book advance in terms of your career. A...
midge-raymond's picture
Oct.02.2009
There’s always something new in e-publishing these days … and now it’s the “vook.” As the NY Times reports, Simon & Schuster is working “with a multimedia partner to release four ‘vooks,’ which intersperse videos throughout electronic text that can be read — and viewed — online or on an iPhone...
joe-quirk's picture
Sep.17.2009
My fellow authors laughed when I said I was publishing my fourth book with Numina Press. Then they learned my cut of each sale. How big is the difference? Try three times as much money each sale. Numina is an exclusive commercial publisher that uses print-on-demand technology to radically alter...
michelle-gagnon's picture
Mar.29.2009
So last Sunday morning as I was drinking my coffee and scanning the book review section of the Chronicle, I stumbled across this little nugget: Chesley Sullenberger of Danville, the US Airways pilot who safely landed his jet in the Hudson River in January, has signed a $3.2 million deal with...
vicki-larson's picture
Oct.22.2008
When I was a teenager, I promised my parents I would write the Great American Novel. This got me out of spending a summer as a clerk at Bloomie's, where my mother worked and where she had helped land me a summer job. It's not that I was against making money; I wasn't, although I never put it as the...
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Jun.26.2008
  It's a fantasy, alright! Two 21-year-old gals who met online in a discussion about the fantasy genre have authored a 400-page novel together ("Online collaboration lands young authors book deal," by Murray Langdon, http://www.globeandmail.com/, June 26, 2008). Right across the U.S....
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Feb.19.2008
Have We Seen The Demise Of The Advance? Thursday, June 14, 2007            Have we seen the demise of the advance?  I’m talking about all these print-on-demand companies (POD) that are masquerading as “traditional” publishers.  With the advent of POD, we’ve seen a proliferation of publishers...