Este Semana in El Publishing….
Hola compadres! So far so good at the San Miguel Writer’s Conference. I met with some talented writers today for some manuscript consultations, sat in on a talk by Chuck Adams, publishing veteran and editor extraordinaire at Algonquin, and looking forward to a keynote tonight by Barbara Kingsolver and a fiesta afterward. And, in case you’re wondering, Enchilada Consumption Count: 1. So far.
Meanwhile, there was news in publishing this week and I aim to give it to you.
The big news this week has been reported on by the incomparable Michael Cader, who sums up the latest developments in the Google Settlement hearing. The judge reviewing the settlement expressed some skepticism regarding the deal, and will ultimately decide if the settlement is permissible. (Also, that link is subscription only, but if you’re no subscribing, well… probably should.)
In e-book news, the NY Times recently reported on some developments surrounding the iPad. If you recall from the Kindle Missile Crisis post, under the “agency” model, some publishers are willingly receiving less money per copy on some new titles in order to have more control over pricing. According to the NY Times, however, Apple is still retaining the ability to discount some bestsellers, and per the anonymous sources in the article the much-discussed $12.99-$14.99 price point is just “a ceiling.” Which begs a question on many a publishing mind: if the goal of the agency model was to have more control over pricing, how does potential Apple-bestseller-discounting fit into the plan?
And meanwhile, Eric at Pimp My Novel spots some details about the Apple DRM, which is going to look a lot like the DRM they used to use for music. He wonders what you think about this.
This week in the Forums: the ongoing question What writer you’d have dinner with if you had a chance, What do you think made TWILIGHT so popular?, Should you share your work before it’s finished, and, of course, we’re still trying to figure out what in the heck is happening on Lost.
Ever sent a question to an agent or publisher and gotten a vague, unehlpful nonresponse in return? INTERN tells you why this be so.
James Cameron is writing a prequel to Avatar, and guess what: it’s a novel.
And finally, an updated Enchilada Consumption count: 1 1/2.
Have a great weekend!