Penguin and Random House merged three years ago, in 2013, and today Penguin Random House’s CEO, Markus Dohle, sent an anniversary letter to employees in which he congratulated them on their hard work, but more importantly, detailed how that work is affecting people throughout the world.
“Along this road, we have continued to write our story, telling the world who we are, what we do, and why we do it,” Dohle wrote. “Equally important is how—especially in today’s dynamic and complex world, with unprecedented societal events impacting all of us.”
“Publishing is undeniably a force for good,” Dohle continued. “But working in an industry that is inherently a service to society, we risk subscribing to the notion that this is enough. It’s not. We ought to do more—and we can—by taking advantage of our capacity as Penguin Random House to drive positive social, environmental, and cultural change, locally and globally.”
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Social Media: Choose It and Use It, Self-Publishers! (IngramSpark)
While you might be overwhelmed by all the various social media platforms, register for all of them and then experiment to figure out which channels you like best. Here’s an overview of the most important social media for authors.
Insights into the German Rights and Licensing Market (Pub Perspectives)
The German book market, a powerhouse of translation, is selling more rights abroad—with a lot of growth coming from China—but is more cautious about buying rights.
Your Next Book Should Be an Audiobook (GQ)
You’re here to relax, right? So lie down on a blanket, pull your hat over your eyes, and press “play”: Daniel Riley argues that your next summer beach book should really be an audiobook.
Before You Start a Podcast: 4 Tips for Authors (Jane Friedman)
In a crowded publishing environment, author-hosted podcasts are a unique and potentially effective marketing tool. But producing a podcast is challenging, and it requires a skill set distinct from writing. At Girl Friday, we just launched our own podcast, From the Margins, which explores behind-the-scenes stories in publishing; we’d like to share our hard-earned podcast production knowledge with these four tips on starting your own author podcast.
Copyright Issues and the Industry’s Authors (Pub Perspectives)
“How can we all work together to ensure our rights and incomes are not further eroded?” The question is urgent for authors, at a Canadian conference.
Brexit: Calls to Publish ‘Under Threat’ Voices (Bookseller)
Publishers and writers must rally together to protect and fight for the “cosmopolitan, heterogeneous and inclusive future of the UK” following the “profound crisis” triggered by Brexit, independent publisher Influx Press has said.
Brexit: Risks to the Knowledge Economy and the Money Scrum (Scholarly Kitchen)
Britain woke up to a bit of a shock last Friday morning. As you have no doubt heard by now, the British people defied expectations and narrowly voted to leave the European Union. The event known as “Brexit” sent a shock wave through financial markets and caused the pound to drop sharply and then oscillate as the market readjusted.
Long-term Thinking: The Contract Termination Clause (Kristine Rusch)
This post deals with the termination of contracts. The first post I did on this, almost five years ago now, is unrecognizable from this post. I’m basing this post on the one in the book from 2013.
A Critical Space (Bookseller)
I’m no literary critic, but I value what literary editors do, and so should all of us. If reports from the frontline of book publicity are anything to go by, they are in mortal danger and—rather like bookshops, or literary prizes—once they are gone, we will marvel at what we have lost.