Tough times in the news business continue. The New York Times announced that it is downsizing. Approximately 100 newsroom jobs, as well as positions from the editorial and business operations divisions will be eliminated. Staffers affected will be offered buyouts. If enough people don't take the buyouts, the layoffs will begin.
Read more... October 1, 2014
Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer have signed on to be spokespeople for the American Booksellers Association's Indies First event. So, what's it all about? On Small Business Saturday, November 29, 2014, the ABA is encouraging authors and writers to volunteer at their local independent bookstore.
Read more... September 26, 2014
Douglas Preston is taking his war against Amazon.com to a whole new level. He's now contacted the Department of Justice to try to get the government agency to prosecute Amazon.com for antitrust violations.
Read more... September 25, 2014
It's Banned Books Week and you might be surprised at who has landed the top spot for two years running: Dav Pilkey, the author of the Captain Underpants books. Pilkey was quite surprised to find that his books were so despised by some parents that they got banned.
Read more... September 24, 2014
Penguin Books has a long and profitable relationship with the Cartoon Network. Penguin licenses the rights for quite a few children's shows that run on the Cartoon Network and has published books based on shows. Now they are teaming up for a new book imprint to be called Cartoon Network Books.
Read more... September 22, 2014
Wondering where your favorite writers are this weekend? You won't hear about it on Twitter or Instagram, but the word has finally gotten out. The movers and shakers are at the fabulous, 450 acre Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa located north of Santa Fe, New Mexico at Jeff Bezos' super secret annual retreat called Campfire.
Read more... September 20, 2014
Corporate sponsors have been a part of literary prizes for quite a while. It's a safe, usually non-controversial cause for a corporation to support and helps with the sponsor's reputation. And there is no question that the prize money is much bigger when there is a major corporate sponsor.
Read more... September 18, 2014