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Different as You Thought”; watch this space for more on that), we need to accept that many of us may be made to do our best work in response to other work. If that’s true in your case, then the time has never been better for you. There are new trends to spot and one might literally have your name on it in the near future.

Lou Aronica is a New York Times bestselling author of fiction and nonfiction, former president of Novelists Inc., former publisher of Avon Books, and current publisher of The Story Plant and Fiction Studio Books. You can reach Lou at laronica@fictionstudio.com.

Business Briefs

Bye-Bye Printed Word?

The Publishers Weekly headline E-books Soared, Print Crawled caused some interesting discussion recently.

The headline was tied to this statement by Jeff Bezos in PW. “We’re now seeing the transition we’ve been expecting. After five years, e-books is a multi-billion dollar category for us and growing fast—up approximately 70 percent last year. In contrast, our physical book sales experienced the lowest December growth rate in our 17 years as a book seller, up just five percent.” Yes, 70 percent is a big number and five percent isn’t. But are they comparing apples and oranges to the e-books advantage? Print numbers come from books published with a known editorial process. This can’t be said for all e-books, which can be anything from polished prose to the worst tripe in the world. Is this calling a premature funeral dirge to the printed word?

Publishers Weekly

$10,000 to learn to write?

Top Christian author Jerry Jenkins is setting out to help new authors publish their works through his new Christian Writers Guild Publishing. Although previously not a fan of do-it-yourself efforts, he’s going to provide a means for unknown authors. This process is a six-month course that will include copyediting, typesetting, proofreading, custom cover design, marketing advice, printing, digital formatting, and ebook files in all formats. The cost is $10,000 with a surcharge for manuscripts over 75,000 words. The other catch is anyone interested has to apply to the guild by providing a manuscript for evaluation. Hmmmm.

Publishers Weekly

Macmillan settles with DOJ

Macmillan and the U.S. Department of Justice agreed on a settlement in February over alleged collusion and e-book price-fixing. The settlement is similar to that signed by HarperCollins, Hachette, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster with one big difference. Retailers won’t have to wait for a new contract before discounting Macmillan e-books.

Digital Book World

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