Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, an essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and is the former publisher of Writer’s Digest. She has been interviewed and featured by NPR, PBS, The Washington Post, the National Press Club and many other outlets.
In addition to being a columnist with Publishers Weekly and a professor with The Great Courses, Jane maintains an award-winning blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com, and she’s delivered keynotes on the digital era of authorship at the San Francisco Writers Conference, The Muse & The Marketplace, and Willamette Writers Conference, among many others.
We spoke to Jane about what issues indie authors are currently facing and what she’ll be speaking on at DBW 2017.
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‘Sluggish Sales’ Lower Barnes & Noble Revenues 4 Percent (Pub Lunch)
Barnes & Noble more or less met analysts’ low expectations for their fiscal second quarter ending, October 29: Sales fell 4 percent, to $858.5 million, with same store sales down 3.2 percent “on lower store traffic,” even with the help of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Total Nook sales — including content and devices, was down a mere $35 million for the quarter. Consolidated second quarter EBITDA improved to $0.7 million, but the company still recorded a net loss of $20.4 million, or $0.29 per share (compared to a loss of $27.2 million, or $0.36 per share a year ago).
B&N Concept Store Opens in Eastchester (PW)
Barnes & Noble’s first concept store, originally slated to open in October in Eastchester, N.Y., opened on Tuesday morning, with the official grand opening set for December 2.
Negotiating Editorial Control in Publishing Contracts (Jane Friedman)
One of many worrisome areas for writers negotiating publishing contracts is who has final word when editing a manuscript for publication. Publishing agreements define the right to creative control over the manuscript in the editing clause. Typically, that right goes to the publisher. They need flexibility to prepare the manuscript for publication to their satisfaction. They have an editorial style to fit, a publication schedule to adhere to, and cannot be hamstrung by an author refusing to compromise.
How Publishers Can Use Links and Mentions in Instagram Stories (MediaShift)
Last week, Instagram made some big changes to their Stories feature, and publishers and brands should be thrilled. Verified accounts can now add external links to their stories, allowing users to click through to further content or sales pages.
Estate Planning Tips for Authors (BookWorks)
It’s unlikely that you’ll be thinking about estate planning as you launch your literary creations into the world. But if your books are successful, your characters may live forever alongside Elizabeth Bennet, David Copperfield, and Frankenstein.
Want to Succeed at Self-Publishing? Don’t Be Discouraged (PW)
Indie author Ben Batchelder – who describes writing as his fourth (and final) career – says that he didn’t write his second book. Rather, To Belém & Back “first wrote me.”
Wattpad and Universal Cable Productions Partner on TV Content (DBW)
Wattpad announced a partnership with Universal Cable Productions, a division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, to develop original TV content.
Q&A with a BookBub Editor on Our Selection Process (BookBub)
We often get questions from our partners about the Featured Deal selection process. We have a team of in-house editors who review every book that gets submitted to BookBub. I interviewed one of these editors to give our partners some more insight into her process.
Danish Publisher Politiken Launches Polaris Publishing in Sweden (Pub Perspectives)
A key player in the Danish publishing market has launched a new publishing house in Sweden: can doubling her market mean twice the success?
IPA-FEP Global Report Promotes ‘Zero-Rating VAT’ on All Books (Pub Perspectives)
International book taxation report indicates that Europe taxes its books at a much higher standard VAT rate than Asia does.
J.K. Rowling’s Digital Publishing Company Will Be Profitable This Year (Fortune)
Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s digital publishing company, expects to turn a profit in its current fiscal year, buoyed by rising sales of audiobooks and new ebooks that build on the nearly 20-year-old Harry Potter franchise, the company said on Tuesday.