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Interesting Times

August 2, 2010
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It’s a wild time to be a writer. The publishing world is changing fast, almost daily. Ebooks are growing in popularity. Andrew Wylie, of Wylie Literary Agency, stunned the publishing world last week with the announcement of the formation of Odyssey Editions designed to publish the backlist of some 20 clients and giving an exclusive deal to Amazon. Some of those clients include John Updike, Salmon Rushdie and Phillip Roth. Random House and Macmillian are “raging” against this deal, according to the Huffington Post. Others speculate this may push the Big 6 publishing companies to offer better royalty rates for ebooks. Others wonder about possible conflict of interest between the agent and seeing the ebook.

It truly is an interesting time!

Here are some links for discussion:

Konrath http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2010/07/konrath-on-wylie.html

Mike Shatzkin http://www.idealog.com/blog/it-isnt-wise-to-draw-lines-in-the-sand-that-ultimately-cant-be-defended

Maya Reynolds http://mayareynoldswriter.blogspot.com/

Michael A. Stackpole http://www.michaelastackpole.com/?p=1582

Huffington Post Jason Pinter http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-pinter/andrew-wylie-sets-off-dig_b_655653.html

New York Times http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/23/wylies-e-book-venture-stirs-a-fuss-in-publishing/

Harper UK response http://www.thebookseller.com/news/124157-harper-uk-latest-publisher-to-condemn-wylies-move.html.rss?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Twitter battle http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/27/evilwylie-vs-goodrandomho_n_657638.html

Author responses http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jul/27/authors-guild-amazon-andrew-wylie

Authors Guild http://www.authorsguild.org/

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