Anyway, I'm going to try to make a habit of updating you guys with industry news on Sunday. Here's what I've been reading about this week:
- Simon & Schuster teams up with Author Solutions to deliver a super-slimy self-publishing package. They're not the first publishing house to make this move, and sadly they're probably not the least. I still don't understand why houses are choosing to team up with Author Solutions, of all places, when there are much better self-publishing options they could pursue.
- We likely haven't seen the end of massive corporate mergers in the publishing industry. Random House and Penguin merged at the end of October, and there's some speculation about Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins. Here's some great insight on the economic impact of all these mergers, by the way, if you're big on that sort of geekery.
- This one happened a few weeks ago but just came to my attention: Amazon is cracking down on its reviews, and the new methods are pretty unfriendly to self-pubbers, small-press folks and mid-listers. Basically, anybody who relies on fellow writers and friends/acquaintances for reviews is going to suffer a little. On the bright side, maybe this will teach people to stop gaming the system. Or maybe not. But, hey, we can dream right?
- Duotrope is going paid in the new year. This is unfortunate, not the least because of their less-than-friendly response to legitimate author concerns. I had really enjoyed their new layout and functionality, and I might have considered voluntarily donating -- or paying for premium features -- but I for one will not be shelling out $50 per year. I'll just have to use some other market listings and track my submissions another way.
Did I miss any big news this week? Drop me a line in the comments!