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Dear Readers and Friends,

finally, encouraged by all of your support and nice words, I’m excited to share some concrete informations to my first soon to be published book. I want to thank each and everyone of you for being so patient and sharing your excitement - you are what makes writing worth.

Title: Sunblind

Release Date: Early August 2016

Price: 8€ online download via payhip | there’s also the option of printed copies, they would cost 18€ as I will order them myself if anyone’s interested and send them via post - it’s a longer process and more time consuming as it may take up to three weeks until you have your copy. Shipping costs are already included in the price. If anyone is already interested in printed copies just send an ask or an email to meisel.ramona@gmail.com

Synopsis: 

“Do you want to set the world on fire tonight?”

Sunblind is an anthology about the love of two boys on the verge of finding themselves. An old legend with a modern twist told through the eyes of both, sometimes alternating, and a collection of voicemails, texts, post-its and notes. 

The book features over 70 pieces and is divided into three parts which piece together the life of Icarus and Apollo, and their story which struggles for love, dependency, fear and more.

Resume Tips for the Entry-Level Publishing Candidate

                                     

Insider info from one of our recruiters at HarperCollins Publishers:

I’ve been hiring folks into publishing jobs from internships through executive positions for several years now, and in that time I’ve read a lot of really bad resumes and a lot of good ones too! One of the most frequent questions I am asked is: “How do I get an entry-level job in publishing?” I’ll admit, the publishing industry is very competitive. It’s not out of the realm of possibility to say I receive 1,000 resumes for one editorial assistant position if I leave it posted for a week. So how can your resume stand above the others? 

The format of your resume should look good. Perhaps that’s a “duh” for you, or maybe it’s a “huh?“

  • Your resume should be formatted properly, and it should be easy to read.
  • As an entry-level candidate, your resume should be no more than one page.
  • The fonts of all your job titles should match, and the fonts of all the company names, etc.
  • Each of your responsibilities should start with a verb.
  • If you are no longer working at a particular job, that description should be in past tense.

If your resume is a jumble of fonts, or is inconsistent in format, I’m more likely to gloss over it.

Remember: Your resume is a reflection of you, and oftentimes it is the one shot you have to make an impression; make sure it is professional.

Submit a cover letter along with your resume — and I’m not talking about one of those generic “My experience coupled with my professionalism makes me a great match for your firm” ones. When it comes to entry-level jobs, a lot of you are on the same playing field in terms of relevant experience. The cover letter is where you can show your passion for book publishing. I don’t want to see “I am a great fit for [insert publishing company name here]” (which, by the way, I can’t tell you how many times I have received a cover letter with the wrong publisher listed!). I want to know the “why.” It’s great that you want to work at HarperCollins, but why? Why does the imprint (brand of book) the job is in appeal to you? Why are you interested in editorial, sales, publicity? Do we publish one of your favorite authors? Let us know! Have you read a book from HarperCollins so many times the pages are ripping? We want to know that too! If you are applying for an Editorial Assistant position with Harper Voyager, our sci-fi/fantasy imprint, for example, I want to know that you will be happy reading those types of manuscripts ALL THE TIME.

If you don’t submit a cover letter at all, there is a chance a recruiter may make the assumption that you don’t necessarily want this job but a job, and there are plenty of others who genuinely want this one! Plus, writing is a big part of almost all roles in publishing, so reading a cover letter helps us evaluate your writing skills.

And on that note…

There should be no spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors. We’re a publishing company; words are important to us. Have friends or family read it over. Walk away and come back to it.  Make it count!

What kind of experience should you put on your resume? Publishing internship experience is ideal, of course, but I do know that’s not attainable for all. While in school, participate in extracurricular activities relating to publishing like your school newspaper or literary magazine—that looks great on a resume. If you are able to take courses on copyediting or anything digital—go for it! Also, one of the most valuable experiences you can have is to work at a bookstore.

These are just a few tips based on what I personally look for as a recruiter in the publishing industry. Best of luck to you in your job search, and perhaps I’ll see you in an interview…

—Carolyn Zimatore, Talent Acquisition Manager, HarperCollins Publishers

HarperCollins Careers is on Facebook!

Proving that arguing on the internet can revitalize even the most exhausted soul, I’ve discovered that apparently people are freaking out because when Waldenbooks closes, they will be stripping and destroying their unsold books.

Um.

In the interests of public service, let me tell you now, as gently as possible, that it is standard industry practice across most bookstores–including the majority of those good-natured little indie ones that give you tea and cookies when you come in–to strip the covers off unsold paperbacks and send them off to be pulped and made into more books. This is why there’s that little warning in the front of the book that says if you bought it without a cover, it was theft.

I mention this because apparently not everybody knows this, and there’s a lot of outrage at Waldenbooks for doing such a horrible horrible thing as Destroying A Book. If you are only now discovering that this is the fate of many many books, then…err…sorry to have to be the one to tell you. But, uh, you’re a couple of decades late to the party on this one. This has been the practice for a very long time.

*sigh*

This is not Fahrenheit 451. This is how you dispose of “Willy the Burrowing Wasp Visits Mr. Cow’s Spleen” and “The Secret™ for Dirt Farmers” and all the other volumes that nobody wants. Anywhere. And furthermore, this is the usual practice.

Yeah, it’s kinda wasteful. I wish there was a better method. But shipping them back would waste even more in terms of money, fuel, and packing materials, and the publisher generally doesn’t want it back. And they can’t be donated, because A) libraries really genuinely truly often don’t want them, mass-market paperbacks fall apart under library usage, to say nothing of the fact that many of these books are just plain worthless*–and a lot of thrift stores flatly refuse to take crappy paperbacks any more either, and B) the bookstore loses a heckuva lot of money on it. If the book didn’t sell, the bookstore gets a refund back, by sending those stripped covers as proof of non-sale.

And you can’t donate a stripped book to charity. It’s like donating stolen property. It’s a big legal no-no, and thrift stores won’t take them. And anybody who thinks that children and schools would luuuuv these books has, I think, a slightly skewed notion of what sort of books we’re talking about. Mass-market paperbacks are fragile beasts, and I don’t recall any class of mine in school that would have been improved by “The Joy of Canning Your Own Asparagus.”

Well…maybe Geometry.

Don’t get me wrong. I love books. I love them deeply and passionately. I write them for part of my living. A book is a glorious thing. There are books that are dear friends to me. I live surrounded by them, and I never have enough bookcases and books are fabulously gloriously awesome things and much of my life is dedicated to ‘em.

But a book is not a puppy. It doesn’t feel pain. And I have learned eventually that if I don’t want it any more, and the used book store has no use for it, and Goodwill has the No Books sign up, then y'know, that book can get recycled, and it’ll be okay. It doesn’t automatically get a chunk of valuable shelf real estate by virtue of being paper between covers. The ghosts of tiny angry words will not buzz around me like wasps. I will sleep just fine at night without that copy of “One Woman’s Journey To Self-Discovery Through Weaving Baskets of Nose Hair.”

A book unread, unloved and unwanted is a dead book. I prefer to bury the corpse rather than keep it as a warning to the others.

So it gets pulped and made into more books (the fate of many of those coverless volumes being destroyed) and the circle of life is complete, lion cubs are held aloft on the savannah, Elton John sings, everybody’s happy.

End public service announcement. Keep calm and carry on.

Playing Bisexual Book Detective

So here at bisexual-books, we frequently talk about playing “bisexual book detective.”  What does that mean?  It means the strange and frustrationg process by which we attempt to find fiction books with bisexual characters, content, or themes.  Since so few books actually use the b-word when describing their bisexual protagonists, we end up reading the jacket copy for clues as we try to guess whether this “transgressive cutting-edge exploration of the ambiguity of love and sexual identity” is really just about a bi character.

 In many ways it’s like searching for old lesbian pulp novels. In the 1950’s and 60’s, the L-word was rarely used so readers had to look for certain key-words and euphemisms. “Twilight girls” was a good one. “Strange” or “Odd” women. “Shadow worlds.” If you saw a cover advertising the “Shadow world of twilight love and strange women,” you knew you had yourself a lesbian pulp! You can see some good examples here or on the wallpaper of fuckyeahlesbianliterature.

So just like old post-WWII lesbian pulps, modern novels with bisexual characters rarely just come out and use the dreaded b-word on the cover (or as we frequently notice, use the word anywhere at all). So as a public service, here are a few of the phrases we look for when we play bisexual book detective:

  • “ambiguity”
  • “curiosity”
  • “confused sexuality”
  • “fluid sexuality”
  • really if it says anything int he first sentence about a boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife and then a “surprising attraction” to someone later in the jacket description 
  • “cutting edge”
  •  “sexually transgressive”
  • “a novel of desire”
  • an “impossible choice” between two people who are conspicuously not gendered in their description
  • “sexual adventure”

There are two things we want to note about this list: 
First, notice how many of these things are variations on bisexual stereotypes.

Second, notice how they make our orientation all about SEX.  It is dehumanizing.  Bisexuality is not an identity, but a sex act. 

It makes us wince and rub our temples. 

- Ellie and Sarah 

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Writers Won't Survive If Amazon Wins This Book Publishing Battle

Although digital platforms for written content have recently “exploded,“ author Ben Mezrich warns that websites like Amazon could spell the demise of traditional book publishing as we know it.

Considering the very clear stakes for publishers in Amazon’s current dispute with Hachette Book Group regarding the flexibility of e-book prices, how do authors fit into the puzzle?

“Writing just books is very hard now. Making a living writing books has changed dramatically,” he told HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps. “That battle going on right now is terrifying for authors because the bottom line is if you commodify books, to the degree that it’s just like a lawnmower or just like something else, what is the value of a book? And nobody really has an answer to that question.”

But the struggle isn’t so black and white. While writers may not directly benefit from Amazon’s low e-book prices, the website, which is one of the biggest book retailers, is invaluable in reaching a mass audience that publishers no longer effectively target.

“Amazon, when it works, is a phenomenal thing for writers,” Mezrich said. “Writers make more money off their Kindle sales than they do off their books right now… The question is, what happens if that price [per Kindle sale] goes all the way down to 99 cents?”

Watch the full HuffPost live interview with Ben Mezrich here.

Introducing...Social Publishing

Through fan fiction, writing and publishing…I am blessed to be connected to a number of very creative people and that’s why I’m very excited to introduce a new business that I have co-founded called Social Publishing.

Social Publishing is a new type of company, merging social interaction and publishing. The idea came about due of the sheer number of fantastic writers who are producing free works either through fan fiction or fiction-press style websites. We wanted to give these writers the opportunity to become professionally published authors and get paid for their amazing talents.

Social Publishing is a unique platform where writers submit the first three chapters of their completed manuscript. Then readers, who have a limited number of votes per month, can vote on which manuscripts they think have what it takes to become professionally published books.

Here’s the explainer video to give you more of an idea how this works.

A group of experts from the publishing and marketing worlds came together to create the platform with an aim to publish new authors who otherwise might not get a chance to take the next step in their writing career. As well as producing more diverse, less commercially viable books.

The site is currently in beta mode. Everyone is welcome to sign up and writers can work on the first three chapters of their manuscripts, but at the moments the manuscripts are not visible and votes cannot be cast.

We are looking to launch the platform fully at the start of August, but now is a great time to get ahead of the game and get your manuscript on the platform and start making some noise about it. By the end of August, Social Publishing will be choosing its first book to publish, and there’s every chance it could be yours.

So, if you have a piece of original work, or an AU fanfic, that you think would make a great book – sign up now. It’s completely free and always will be. We don’t own any rights to your work once it is put on our platform, it remains 100% your own property.

I want to be clear to point out that I will still be publishing with my fantastic publisher Ylva Publishing, this is certainly not a platform to publish my own, or my friends, books. Every book we publish will go through the same process via the Social Publishing platform.

Of course, this business venture will only succeed if we get the word out there and get both readers and writers to the platform. So, please share this post widely as well as connecting to the official Social Publishing accounts on:

Tumblr

Twitter

Facebook

If you have any questions about Social Publishing then you can look at our FAQs page, if the question isn’t listed there then either contact me here or contact Social Publishing directly and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.

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I honestly believe our daily efforts to address race through various channels have contributed to mainstream media taking an interest. Our objective is to keep the focus on diversity in all its forms, day in, day out, so people cannot go back to sleep. Look at the flood of media attention diversity has received this year alone: the Huffington Post, the New York Times, CNN, Entertainment Weekly, BBC, and NPR. Diversity is starting to trend!

But we can do better. The media’s reporting the same old simplistic “Diversity 101” story that there is a lack of diversity in children’s books and no one is doing anything about it. Companies like Lee & Low have been part of the solution of producing quality diverse books for more than 20 years. The “Diversity 102” story is long overdue.

—  Excellent interview with our publisher Jason Low on online activism and the future of diversity in publishing, 
Funny Tumblrs for Book Publishing Folks

We’ve discovered a good number of Tumblr blogs dedicated to the highs and lows of working in the book business. This list features the ones that made us laugh the most. Read, click, and enjoy!

1. Copy Editor Hell

Copy Editor Hell shows us what drives copy editors (and copyeditors) crazy. Here’s a post that made one of ours LOL.

2. Life in Ebook Publishing

Here’s some browser humor for you.

3. Dude in Publishing

In which we learn the definition of the Hail Query.

4. English Major Humor

English majors and bookworms will get a kick out of English Major Humor. We’re grateful that they brought this post to our attention. And this one, too.

5. Ebook Nothings

Ebook Nothings understands today’s funny moments in the digital publishing world. We love this nerdy and relatable gif!

6. Life in Academic Publishing

Yes, Virginia, there is a lot of humor in academic publishing, including this.

7. Publishing Girl Problems

This gif accurately describes how we feel on super-important pub days.

8. Life in Production

Life in Production shares tons of funny gifs about ebook production. We think this one is pretty clever. #UTF-8, y'all!

9. Title to Come

Title to Come provides insight into the life of an author. Here’s a gif that describes a quintessential writing problem. And what it must feel like to be a “querying writer.

10. Oh, So You’re a Librarian?

There are a lot of witty librarian Tumblr blogs. Here’s one that makes one envious of our librarian friends and colleagues.

11. Life in Small Press Publishing

Have you ever felt this way at work?

12. Life in Religious Publishing

Here’s a post that reminds us not to judge a publisher by their niche.

13. Librarian Problems

Here’s a recent post that makes us say, “As if!”

14. Publishing Sales Rep

It’s tough out there for a sales rep. Let’s give them a well-deserving round of applause.

15. Better Book Titles

Dan Wilbur, the man behind Better Book Titles, is so so clever. Here’s his take on back-to-school books.

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The Mystery Of The Disappearing Book Publishers
Five booksellers have gone missing since October. All of them worked for a publishing company that printed books critical of Chinese leaders.

“Due to some urgent matters that I need to handle and that aren’t to be revealed to the public, I have made way own way back to the mainland…” read a handwritten letter faxed into a bookstore in Hong Kong last Wednesday. “It might take a bit of time. My current situation is very well. All is normal.”

10 Book Publishers Seeking Manuscript Submissions from Authors

The following book publishers are currently seeking full manuscripts or book proposals from authors.

Authors have until August 28th to submit their book proposals to Hero House Publishing, a publisher of young adult fiction and nonfiction novels. The publisher is seeking stories of individuals or groups who conquer obstacles, use their strengths to fix problems, or display resiliency despite adversity. The publisher is especially looking for practical books that employ psychological strategies and concepts to help people improve their lives. Manuscript length: between 45K and 65K words. The publisher pays up to 40% royalties on book sales.

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When I edit, I try to look at the big picture first. What is this book trying to do? In some cases, it’s telling an exciting story, in others it’s exploring a fascinating set of characters, or in others teaching the reader something new. My job is to make suggestions on how the author can take what he or she is already doing and make it even better. Mostly, I try to think about how the reader will react to the text. Is there something a reader might not understand? If so, the author should probably clarify it. Is there something that will make this a more page-turning read? If so, let’s do it. And of course, along the way, you’ll catch smaller things — plot and character inconsistencies, grammar errors, etc. — but it all leads to the same goal of making it the best possible experience for the reader.
—  Allie Sommer in conversation with Edan Lepucki Life is Too Short to Read a Bad Book: A Conversation with My Editor
How I Got My Job in Book Publishing

Once I figured out that a book didn’t automatically appear in the world after an author wrote it, and that things like “editors” and “imprints” and “The Big Six” existed, I wanted to work in publishing. And when I was 15 and read my first romance novel (Honor’s Splendor by Julie Garwood, in case you’re interested), I knew I wanted to help get those books into the hands of readers everywhere. And the more romance novels I read, the more I realized that Avon was the top name in the genre. I looked for that little triangular colophon every time I was in a bookstore knowing that if I found that, I’d find a book worth reading. And so my goal became: landing a job at Avon.

I had a vague notion of how to achieve this: major in English; get an internship; apply for jobs; move to New York; then hop, skip, and jump my way over to Avon Books. Check the major in the English; check the internships (small ones in my home state of Georgia). But where were the job offers?

Finally, after 6 weeks at NYU for the Summer Publishing Institute and a 9-month stint back at home to work at Coca-Cola and save up money, I made it to New York—jobless, but hopeful. Three months of a dwindling bank account, countless resumes and cover letters sent, and few interviews made the despair set in. But one day, I was reading a blog for romance readers…and the owner had posted about a romance panel she would be moderating at WORD in Brooklyn that week—included on the panel, she mentioned, would be an Avon editor. I checked in with my shame-meter and confirmed that, no, I was not above stalking.

So the day of the panel came. I made the trek to Brooklyn on the G train (not the most welcoming of subway lines) and into the wilds of Greenpoint (not the most accessible of neighborhoods). I listened to Sarah Wendell, Sarah MacLean, and Avon Editor Tessa Woodward (plus a few others) talk about romance with as much love as I felt for it. Once the panel was over, I marched up and introduced myself to Tessa: “Hi, my name is Jessie, and I want your job.”

This was probably not the most tactful thing to say, but, fortunately, I had a resume with me, convincing Tessa that I wasn’t completely insane. She mentioned that Avon had an opening for an assistant publicist position. Thank you, advice from college advisor! I just happened to minor in PR. She agreed to pass my resume along.

A few days later, I got a call from HarperCollins HR, scheduled an interview, and went in to meet with the guru of romance publicity herself, Pam Spengler-Jaffee. Fortunately, I had been doing my homework for this interview since I was 15, and, with my love for the genre, I succeeded in convincing Pam that I was perfect for the job. Two hours after my interview, I was standing in line at Shake Shack, finally at the front of the line after a 20-minute wait, when I got a call from a 212 number. Oh, crap! Do I order or do I take the call? Duh! I take the call! I shove my purse at my friend, tell her what I want (hello, we’d been there 20 minutes, I was getting my Shack Burger), run outside, and take the most amazing phone call of my life. The HR rep outlined the details of the job for me and asked what I thought. My answer: “When can I start?”

It’s been two years, and I’m now an associate publicist. They say that if you do what you love, you never work a day in your life. After two years of working on books that I love, and with authors and coworkers I sincerely love, I can say that that’s the absolute truth.

—Jessie Edwards

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Images by Spain, Kim Deitch, S. Clay Wilson! In 1997, at an age when most men’s life planning turns toward Social Security, Malcolm Whyte launched a new career. He had formerly published books and he wanted to again.  But what books and on what scale?  What new challenges would gratify and what old headaches could he avoid?  What, if not massively profitable, would not cost his neck?  These answers and stories that surround them are provided in Whyte’s slim (110 page, including illustrations and photographs), elegant, lovingly constructed Cottage Classics: Their Makers & The Making (Word Play. 2014).