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Read the first chapter of Go Set a Watchman. Or listen to Reese Witherspoon read it (scroll down to the link). Mike Shatzkin thinks the publishers are blowing opportunities.

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.

Amazon’s deleting reviews if it thinks the reviewer and author know each other. Next time we pass each other on the street, look the other way. Here’s a level-headed take on all of it.

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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