Never having written before, Anna Todd is today the breakout Simon & Schuster author whose “After” series of One Direction fan fiction is the best argument yet for digital’s drive toward writing and reading community — and for the massive platform leading the way: Wattpad.
In one of the most singularly imagined debuts of the year, novelist Scott Hawkins creates a disturbing context in ‘The Library At Mount Char.’ “I’m shooting for a moment,” he says, found in “my own pantheon” of “angelology.”
In a four-hour, three-disc release, cellist Matt Haimovitz surveys composition from the 20th century’s “Tower of Babel” and keeps his own artistic voice above the fray, in Music For Writers.
After years of my-way-or-the-highway rhetoric, we’re starting to hear more nuanced messages from the author corps at last. The smartest minds in publishing know that it’s not a contest between two paths to publication but a long, daunting journey in a beleaguered market.
One of our most defining voices, Philip Glass, gives us his 10th Symphony as an exhilarating tour-de-force of the context he has brought to contemporary music for decades. As we hear in Music For Writers, his is a career “that has become someone else’s.”
In a recent column, publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin questions whether big publishers’ Agency pricing may be working against them. And he listens for the growl of a major author jumping to the indie side.
In its latest Fair Contracts Initiative position paper, the Authors Guild takes on questions of how long a publisher should control a writer’s content — and how starkly that may need to change in the digital era.
Children’s book author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre is fighting a battle in the publishing industry to get artists credited just as writers are. She’s doing it with grace, persistence, and a whole lot of strange hats.
In a recent community debate about online anger in publishing circles, an insight about Web life and its more hostile folks came to light, courtesy of the writer Paul Ford. Watch for the sneering, bookish-boorish in their wicked chain mail. They’re all asking, “Why Wasn’t I Consulted?”
Beached with a good ebook? Keep an eye on the surf. That e-reading you’re doing isn’t the worst of the digital disruption, a new report says. Thinking it’s all done now could be “extremely dangerous.” Warning flags are going up for something “insidious and often much harder” for publishing to fight.