Memoirs of a Dissident Publisher

Henry Regnery

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In this country, the big publishers each receive 4-5,000 unsolicited fiction manuscripts a year. So, before you can record and make copies of someone else’s song, you need to get permission from the owner. But consider this: In one week, people who don’t read anymore bought about half a million copies of a really long book called Steve Jobs. And unless you’re a celebrity with an already guaranteed audience, the publisher is going to peruse it closely. If you are not asked to talk, you must not or else, ” chief heard something that sounded like a shove and what followed was a scream that resembled Lucy’s voice. “Please, don’t hurt her.
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Art & Science Of Book Publishing

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Here are some "in the trenches" stories of O'Reilly publishing. This is like the old days of Netscape vs. I have found that working closely with two editors has markedly improved my craft, as I incorporate their counsel and corrections in future works. To avoid this stigma, many vanity publishers call themselves “subsidy” publishers, which they are not. The following data, acquired from the UK Competition Report [17] and the RMA Annual Statement Studies [18] ,provides the operating profit margins for Elsevier by business segment in percentages for 1998-2000 and for the larger industry of periodical publishers. *Industrial ratios based upon accounting periods from April 1 of year listed to March 31 of following year.
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This Business of Publishing

Richard Curtis

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For the first time in history, chain bookstores outsell independent stores, signaling what many fear to be the death of smaller booksellers at the hands of superstores. Random House recently settled with Andrew Wylie by offering to pay 35-40% on the 13 backlist titles where Random had print edition rights but where the parties were in dispute as to who controlled the digital rights. Your Title Page will show the full title of the book with subtitle, your name and any affiliations you want us to list.
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Virtual Murdoch: Reality Wars on the Information Highway

Neil Chenoweth

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What’s quaint and quirky, or dazzlingly original, one year will be pass the next. I suspect this will change within the next two years, but for now: print is what will make you famous in the mainstream. – If you choose to self-publish but stick with print format and retail distribution, you might double your royalty earnings. I don’t know how many ways I can say this, but it is and never will be about me. The collaborations also enable multiple authors to amplify each other's marketing efforts by leveraging each other's platforms. 14.
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Book Markets in Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia, 1984

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Samantha Shannon, the author of The Bone Season, replied to Harris saying: "My first book was compared to Fifty Shades several times despite having no sex in it. Title output has increased impressively in the Chinese mainland in recent years. Madeline McIntosh, who is Random House’s president for sales, operations, and digital, has worked for both Amazon and book publishers, and finds the two strikingly different. “I think we, as an industry, do a lot of talking,” she said of publishers. “We expect to have open dialogue.
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The Bowker Annual Library and Book Trade Almanac 1997

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In a recent guest article at IndieReader.com, for example, he warned self-publishing authors that naysayers not only are abundant, but are, in publishing, sometimes remarkably hostile and vociferous: There will be authors out there, readers, publishing experts, and booksellers who say that this outpouring of unprofessional dreck is ruining the industry, which makes me wonder if these same people drive through neighborhoods yelling and screaming at people gardening in their back yards, shouting at them that, “You’ll never be a farmer!” Or if they cruise past community basketball courts where men and women unwind with games of pickup and shout at them, “You’ll never make it in the NBA!” And having achieved a rare US print-only deal with Simon & Schuster for Wool and with Random House UK for the trilogy, he brought a recommendation to his Publishing Perspectives interview for the formation of one or more publishing imprints expressly designed to market ebook bestsellers in print: “The first major publisher who creates an imprint dedicated to this model will do very well for their bottom line,” Howey said. “It just requires thinking outside the box, not worrying about upsetting other publishers (who should be their competitors), and seeing the publishing relationship more as a partnership and less as an acquisition.” Two of the world’s largest self-publishing and digital distribution powers are sending key representatives to the CONTEC session.
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Screaming at a Wall

Greg Everett

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A tenfold reduction in return rates will eliminate 90 percent of the $100 million spent industry-wide on shipping and handling returned books. Still their role within their respective companies is god-like – they make judgments of life or death, except in this case upon what will be published, rather than who will be sent to hell. Not that long ago, there was only one way to get published: find an agent; hope he or she would represent you; pray they sell your book proposal to a publisher; trust the publisher to get behind the book and believe in the project; and hope that readers would go to their local bookstore and buy your book.
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The Dictionary of Publishing

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Arts journalist and publishing commentator Danuta Kean writes: "Next time an author decides to use the national press to attack publishers for not using recycled paper in the manufacture of their books, they should think again. I prefer to focus on connecting with my readers and having fun with cashless adventures. We publish quality paperbacks, hardbound books, and booklets in full color or black and white. The packager’s name may appear on the copyright page, but the publisher is always identified on the spine.4 The book publishing market, which represents a huge market worldwide, is chiefly fostered by voracious readers, who make up the general consumer base and specific consumers such as students, professionals and institutional buyers such as libraries.
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Inky Stephensen: Wild Man of Letters (UQP biography)

Craig Munro

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Publishers will be forced to print fewer copies of new titles just from the economics of their business model. And ask to see their media release as well. Textbooks and technical, scientific, and professional books provide nearly half of the revenues of the book publishing industry. That means one of the publishers’ largest challenges is getting books in front of people’s eyes so people know a book exists. The masthead refers to the “behind the scenes” information about a publication, such as the editors, publishing information, etc.
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The Economics of Information in the 1990s

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Most poets, even the most widely published, hold other jobs, such as teaching and journalism. In 1995, in Chicago, Bezos manned an Amazon booth at the annual conclave of the publishing industry, which is now called BookExpo America. This includes print books, audio books and nearly 100,000 eBooks, a new company record for one-day eBook sales. His authors have also received print coverage in dozens of leading publications including The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Los Angeles Times, People, Parade etc. and across cyberspace in leading web portals including Yahoo, AOL, NewsMax, Big Hollywood, etc.
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