Over her breakfast coffee, she watched the last of Georgia’s hills recede and the red earth appear, and with it tin-roofed houses set in the middle of swept yards, and in the yards the inevitable verbena grew, surrounded by whitewashed tires.
• Meanwhile, more intrigue surrounds Harper Lee’s upcoming release. The interwebs will be flooded with news about it now through its 14 July publication date. We won’t buck the trend.
• Did Ted Cruz try to game the NYT bestseller list? HarperCollins says no.
• A new Ayn Rand novel, or rather an old one that never got published, has been published. For die-hard fans only, we think.
• The comma gets its day in the sun. A woman got out of a parking ticket because a village ordinance contained a proofreading error. Grammar nerds (like us) are having a field day.
• The Authors Guild advocates for a 50% ebook royalty rate. No argument here.
We maintain that a 50-50 split in e-book profits is fair because the traditional author-publisher relationship is essentially a joint venture. The author writes the book, and by any fair measure the author’s efforts represent most of the labor invested and most of the resulting value.
• How publishers decide what to publish: the P&L.
• A Q&A by J.A. Konrath on the new Kindle Unlimited compensation structure, as only J.A. Konrath can Q&A it.
• 11 things you didn’t know about Ernest Hemingway. Some of these are verifiable, for example the stuff quoted from A Moveable Feast. But, he was a KGB agent? We’re not so sure about that.
• Are free school visits “one of the worst things an author can do?”
• Finally, in the “Oh yeah? Says who?” department, how to save $50,000 on your MFA.
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