Posts Tagged ‘publishers weekly’


Great writers, by state

August 1, 2011

Herman MelvilleBecause everyone needs a list: Publishers Weekly offers the consideration of which American state is the literary king of the hill. New York seems a natural winner—

32. New York – Tie: Walt Whitman and Herman Melville. New York is the unchallenged king of the U.S. when it comes to pumping out writers.


5. California – John Steinbeck. California has a good number of writers, but can’t compete with New York.

—really? No Ray Bradbury? Or, at least, Illinois, where they placed Ernest Hemmingway?

That, I suppose, is the fun of such lists. Add to or argue as you see fit.



Paperback blues

July 22, 2011

Publisher’s Weekly offers the following tidbit:

All major adult print segments—hardcover, paperback and mass market—showed a decline in sales in May, according to the AAP’s monthly sales report. While e-books showed a steep uptick of 146.9% for the month, bringing in $73.4 million in sales, adult hardcovers dropped 38.2%, adult paperbacks dropped 14.3%, and adult mass market fell 39.4%. For the calendar year, e-books brought in $389.7 million in sales, a 160.1% climb over the same period 2010.

Young Adult paperbacks, as well as a couple of other sectors, did see improved sales in May.

Chris Walters, meanwhile, noted that these numbers apply to traditional publishers:

I’d be curious to see sales numbers for self-published ebooks, which I don’t think are included in these monthly reports put out by the AAP. Although all I have to go on right now are anecdotes, Joe Konrath admitted that he and at least a few other self-pubbed authors saw sales of their ebooks drop in June.

All that can be rightly said, I suppose, is that the times, they are a’changin’.



Desperately seeking debut novelists

December 20, 2009

From Alan Rinzler’s blog, The Book Deal: An Insider’s View of Publishing, come’s this little piece that is a welcomed reprieve for emerging authors…

Publishers desperately seeking insanely great debut novelists

“Everybody’s looking for the next big thing — a work of great literary fiction from an unknown writer who’s never been published.”

That’s according to Jay Schaefer, an editor-at-large at Workman Publishers in New York City and its subsidiary, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Schaefer, a publishing veteran best known for producing the huge best seller Under the Tuscan Sun during his long tenure at Chronicle Books, spoke with me the other day after making the rounds at two writers conferences out here on the West Coast.

“Every editor I saw was prowling the workshops and the grassy slope outside the conference, searching high and low for the next undiscovered debut novelist,” Schaefer said.

“No question, good debut novels are getting snapped up and published.”

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November 11, 2009

Fun stuff from around:

  • Short fiction online: Rebecca Lee’s “Bobcat.
  • Book reviews: Ted Wilson on The Bible.
  • Emanuel Faye drags Martin Heidegger back into the news.
  • Lemony Snicket finds a new home.
  • Breakfast serial: Del Rey will publish King/Straub novel The Talisman as a serial comic book.
  • Book review: Speaking of Stephen King, Paul Constant has a few things to say about the newly released behemoth, The Dome.
  • And speaking of Paul Constant … actually, no. You know what? I’m out.

And now, for absolutely no reason at all:

Short story cartoon

(I have no proper attribution for the above frame. If I discover the artist’s name, I’ll definitely include it here.)



“First to Kill” slays PW

July 16, 2008

With all the cutbacks, just getting a book review in Publisher’s Weekly anymore is tough enough. But getting not only your debut novel in PW, but a rave as well? Here’s the write up on SCWC*LA 6 Friday evening speaker Andrew Peterson’s Fist to Kill:

Debut author Peterson kicks off a series in fine style with this complex and action-packed conspiracy thriller. Former CIA sniper Nathan McBride, called in to investigate the disappearance of an undercover FBI agent who happens to be the grandson of former FBI director Frank Ortega, tracks down two homegrown arms dealers/terrorists, Leonard and Ernie Bridgestone, who have a huge supply of Semtex explosive. When McBride kills one of their men, the Bridgestones retaliate by blowing up an FBI headquarters building in California. As McBride chases them down, he discovers that what he thought was a clean-cut case of “catch the terrorist” is anything but, with corruption and twists that connect to Ortega and may involve McBride’s own estranged senator father. Competent, intelligent, cool under pressure and romantically involved with FBI agent Holly Simpson, McBride is an extremely promising hero, and his adventures will be a big hit with thriller fans. (Sept.)

Andrew also made Barbara Vey’s PW blog coverage of last week’s Thrillerfest.  All in all, not a bad week for Andrew.



Agent sues sites for “ruining” reputation

July 1, 2008

Lynn Andriani reports the following for PW today:

Literary agent Barbara Bauer is suing 19 bloggers and websites, including Wikipedia, YouTube and, claiming they are ruining her reputation, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported yesterday. Online critics call Bauer one of publishing’s “20 Worst Literary Agents,” claiming she charges clients high fees for little work, and is a “scam agent.” Bauer did not return PW’s calls for comment.

Bauer’s web site says the New Jersey literary agent established her firm in 1984, and that she has helped get numerous books by award-winning authors published in multiple languages around the world.

Bauer also sued the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America web site. The case has caught the attention of free-speech groups and online activists.

The two sides are scheduled to argue the motion before a Monmouth County, NJ, judge today.

Good luck with your career, Barbara.