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When a publisher might not do as good a job as a self-publishing author

The Idea Logical Company

We’ve previously explored what I called “the end of the trade publishing concept” , which stems from the now wide-open opportunity to publish available to anybody with a computer and something to deliver as a book. That requirement cost publishers money, but also served to eliminate competition.

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The Best Days And Times To Publish Blog Posts (Based On Data)

Blogging Wizard

When you publish your blog posts can have a significant impact on your traffic and engagement. But when should you actually be publishing your posts? This isn’t the easiest question.

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Hybrid Publishers and Paid Publishing Services: Red Flags to Watch For

Jane Friedman

“I have no idea where my book is published.” These are just a few of the comments I’ve heard from authors sharing their experiences with the hybrid publishing companies they’ve chosen to work with. So if you’re an author starting out on your publishing journey, it’s important to know what to look out for. What royalties?

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How an Independent Midwestern Publisher Not Only Survives, But Thrives

Jane Friedman

Book publishing is a New York–centric business, to a fault. All of the major US publishers are based there, as are many literary agents. When I visited Chicago this past June, I had the opportunity to meet Doug Seibold, the founder of Agate Publishing , established in 2002. Sometimes certain kinds of books are up. Yes and no.

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Like It or Not, Publishers Are Licensing Books for AI Training—And Using AI Themselves

Jane Friedman

AI-generated image using prompt “book publishing executives receiving lots of money from a technology company.” This week, the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) announced the ability for publishers and other rights holders to include AI training rights as part of licensing arrangements. What is the CCC?

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What the ruling against the PRH-S&S merger means for the publishing business

The Idea Logical Company

That will not be good news to Hachette and HarperCollins, both of which opposed the PRH-S&S merger but probably hoped they could pursue S&S if the publisher remained independent. The five biggest publishers are probably at their high water mark for market share. Publishing new titles profitably has become exceedingly difficult.

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The Right Way to Ask a Published Writer for Publishing Advice

Jane Friedman

A mutual friend urged me to approach this writer with a question about how to publish the book I was working on. So, I walked up to him and asked if he had any pointers to offer on the publishing journey. All these years later, having published two books and many articles, I still cringe at the memory.

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