Friday, July 17, 2009

Publishing news (July 17)

Another roundup of news in the world of publishing, including a call to help two authors with enormous medical bills ...

Star Wars Novelist Needs Help With Astronomical Medical Costs (GalleyCat)
Writer John Ostrander (Batman, Punisher) - A Call To Arms (Bleeding Cool)

Reconsidering Travis McGee (Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind)
The July Edition of the Big Thrill is here! (International Thriller Writers)
ThrillerFest 2009 DVDs and CDs available now! (International Thriller Writers)

The Stand Graphic Novel Finally Comes to Bookstores (Publishers Weekly)
Siegel & Shuster Relatives Unite at Siegel House (Comic Book Resources)
To Protect and To Serve ... And Look Good (Broken Frontier)

Welcome to Shelf Life (EW's Shelf Life)
'Sense and Sensibility' + sea monsters! (EW's Shelf Life)
'Twilight' graphic novel: First Look! (EW's Shelf Life)

Sandra Suggests Kicking the Internal Editor to the Curb (
Quick Tips for Beginning Speakers (WildFire Marketing)

Bookstore Sales Fell 3% in May (Publishers Weekly)
“Free” Book, Sparks Backlash Among Battered Media Industry (Publishers Weekly)
Why Publishing Can’t Be Saved (Publishing Perspectives)
Smaller Christian Retail Show is All Business (Publishers Weekly)

Publishing news (July 10)
(ABC's fictional sleuth Richard Castle writes a book, a long-lost whodunit by Graham Greene, and Wonder Woman vs. domestic violence)

Publishing news: Digital Media Edition! (Jun 26)
(Amazon's plans for world domination, Lee Goldberg says You Can Become a Kindle Millionaire, and Penguin launches its own online network)

The BookScan problem

Publishing news (June 19)
(a face-off between Michael Connelly and Janet Evanovich, USA TODAY's starts running comics, and authors who solve crimes)

Publishing news roundup (June 12)
(discovering two unpublished Agatha Christie stories, Robert Liparulo signs 30,000 books, and Dick Tracy gets his own statue)
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