- by Laura Resnick
One of the anchors of Ninc membership is the regular arrival in mailboxes and email boxes of Nink, the monthly publication of Novelists, Inc. The current Nink editor is novelist Cindi Myers (who will also be editing it in 2009).
Nink is, I say without false modesty, the best publication in the entire industry—if you’re a professional novelist.
If you’re a reader, or an aspiring writer, or the author of cookbooks, or a journalist, Nink is probably still an interesting publication.
But if you’re a professional novelist, then this is really the publication for you.
Our regular sections include, for example:
Cover to Cover: Ninc member Lou Aronica worked for years as an editor and publisher with the major New York houses, including Bantam Doubleday Dell and William Morrow/Avon/Eos. He has since then turned to the dark side and become a multi-published novelist. He also runs an independent small publishing company now. And in his copious spare time, he writes this column for Nink, which is about the industry. Not about how to break into publishing (everyone in Ninc is a multi-published novelist; we’ve already broken in), but about how publishers make money, how writers can make more money, how books succeed and careers flounder, how imprints crash and publishing trends rise, and, in general, how the constantly-changing publishing industry works and how we can best work and succeed within it.
Ask the Lawyer: F. Robert Stein is a prominent New York literary lawyer and a longtime friend of Ninc. Previously an in-house attorney at companies such CBS, Simon & Schuster, Random House, and Warner Publishing, Bob works at the law firm Pryor Cashman LLP, with offices in NYC and LA, where he represents authors, agents, publishers, and TV and film producers. In his Nink “Ask A Lawyer” column, Bob answers questions sent to him by Ninc members about the legal rights and obligations of writers, agents, and publishers in specific scenarios. Some of the questions he has recently addressed in Nink include what recourse does the writer have with regard to various problems with a former agent; what are the legal parameters for using still-living celebrities and public figures in a fictional context; and how does Creative Commons licensing work?
The View From Here: Bestselling, award-winning novelist Susan Wiggs, who is often a speaker at conferences, writes this fabulous monthly column which the 2008 Ninc president (that’s me!) was smart enough to recommend she be asked to do. In this column, La Wiggs writes with wisdom, wit, and irreverence about the challenges, frustrations, fun, and facts of the working life of a professional novelist. Some of her recent topics have included a live field report from Book Expo America (North America’s annual national publishing convention), marketing and promotion, the worst booksigning she’s ever done, and her ungoverned passion for her new writing hardware.
Writing Is Taxing: Accountant Diane O’Brien Kelly’s column covers a wide range of topics about taxes and professional writing, including what’s deductible and what’s not, how to pay your office assistant, whether or not to deduct your home office, how to deal with an audit, and whether you can get tax credit for donating your papers to an archival collection.
Creative Recovery (e-Nink Extra!): Creativity coach, consultant, lecturer, and author Eric Maisel is a friend of Ninc, having participated in two of our conferences and having contributed numerous articles to Nink. His current monthly column is available only in e-Nink, the electronic version of Nink.
Note: Members have a choice between getting the traditional printed hardcopy of Nink in the mail, or getting the electronic version, e-Nink, which is sent to their email address in .PDF format. Due to not having to pay for paper, printing, and shipping of e-Nink, we’re able to offer more content (as well as full-color format) in e-Nink. And Eric’s column is one of the extras that members (like me!) get when they subscribe to the electronic version of our monthly publication, rather than the printed one.
Nink also offers the usual organizational columns, such as the President’s Column (that’s me!), the Conference Column (where we keep members informed about plans and updates for our national conference), the Bulletin Board (where we keep members informed about all sorts of Ninc activities and services), Business Briefs (where we announce industry news and events), and so on.
And, of course, every month, Nink has cover stories and feature articles. Some of the recent ones have included the following subjects: safety and security measures for writers, as public figures, on the internet; access rights in the digital age; book launches; estate planning for writers; the pros and cons of Kindle and e-readers; advice to working writers from publishers; the effect of sleep on creativity; and so on.
And that’s Nink, the only publication in the entire industry which is aimed entirely at the multi-published novelist.
In my upcoming Ninc blogs, I’ll talk some more about stuff we offer and stuff we do in Ninc.