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I came across a blog post which demonstrates how to use twitter in order to get projects. This particular blogger, Josh Alves, used twitter to get himself a publishing contract. He used tweetdeck and Google Chrome.
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When it comes to ebooks and sales, Joe Konrath is up there with Amanda Hocking and John Locke. Now comes the news that he’s found a new way to cut out the middleman between the author and the reader. Click here for advice from the man himself.
Amazon’s on a roll. It is launching its fifth publishing imprint, Thomas & Mercer, which is in the mystery and thriller category, the others being Montlake Romance, AmazonEncore, AmazonCrossing, and The Domino Project.
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This from Publisher’s Marketplace: Simon & Schuster has created a New Delhi-based sales, marketing and publishing company, Simon & Schuster India. The company’s exclusive sales agent on the subcontinent Rahul Srivastava will run the new unit locally as director of sales and marketing, reporting to S&S UK executive director Kerr MacRae. HarperCollins India will handle fulfillment and distribution, with “operations expected to commence August 1.” Inventory will come mostly from S&S UK, and they will offer titles from all of S&S’s divisions worldwide and distribution clients.
David Davidar, the man who, as head of Penguin India, took Indian publishing to new heights, is back. He is setting up the Aleph Book Company in collaboration with Rupa, India. Stay tuned.
Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. A few of interest:
FICTION – “A Visit from the Goon Squad” by Jennifer Egan (Alfred A. Knopf)
DRAMA – “Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris
HISTORY – “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery” by Eric Foner (W. W. Norton & Company)
BIOGRAPHY – “Washington: A Life” by Ron Chernow (The Penguin Press)
POETRY – “The Best of It: New and Selected Poems” by Kay Ryan (Grove Press)
GENERAL NONFICTION – “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)
MUSIC – “Madame White Snake’” by Zhou Long, premiered on February 26, 2010 by Opera Boston at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.
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With India publishing the third largest number of English books in the world, and to a large reading audience, India is not an insignificant market. Add to that the indigenous e-book readers, Wink and Infibeam Pi, with built-in Indian language support, and the potential for book sales is huge.
A few independent publishers have come together as Independent Publishers’ Distribution Alternatives. Other small publishers are aligning themselves with larger ones to market their books – like Zubaan Books with Penguin, Permanent Black and with Orient Blackswan.
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