First, the biggest item of news: John Scalzi rips apart the Hydra contract and speaks some pretty firm words about Random House. This is the newest in some pretty sleazy, questionable big-pub maneuvers, and it's something everybody needs to watch out for.
Here are the other interesting bits I've seen lately:
- The Author's Road talks about the Self-publishing Debate. It looks like the only people "debating" this any more are those wedded to the traditional way of doing things (rather than a flexible hybrid approach).
- Wal-Mart may reconsider its decision to pass on Barnes & Noble
- The Wall Street Journal talks about Hugh Howey's Wool and, of course, mega-agent Kristin Nelson's negotiation skills.
- The Book Designer talks about the Top Five Legal issues for Authors and Self-Publishers
- Simon & Schuster is aggressively marketing its sleazy Author Solutions services by offering an affiliate program to authors who refer their friends.
- Some book promotion advice from Indie author Joseph Lallo
Also, for those interested in the contest circuit, Pitch Madness is coming up in a few days. Be sure to polish up your pitches.