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MatchmakerJane
09-26-2008, 02:25 AM
As a new writer I'm feeling really out of touch with the industry.

I don't know all the comings and goings - that sort of thing. Where are good places to look to get this kind of info?

I want to feel "in the know" - if that makes any sense.

Also where can I research an agents sales in dollars (if possible)?

Thanks in advance!

JamieFord
09-26-2008, 03:05 AM
Hmmm...I don't think you can research an agent's sales per se in terms of number of copies sold, that kind of thing, but you can see the types of books he/she sells and go from there. A great place to start would be by joining PublishersMarketplace.com, even if it was only for a month.

DeadlyAccurate
09-26-2008, 05:24 AM
You can subscribe to the Publishers Lunch Daily for free. They send out a few brief articles on the publishing industry every weekday, and once a week they send out a small sample of the deals that were reported for that week. The dollar amounts aren't listed in the deals, but often they'll have something like "for a good deal."

The key:

"nice deal" $1 - $49,000
"very nice deal" $50,000 - $99,000
"good deal" $100,000 - $250,000
"significant deal" $251,000 - $499,000
"major deal" $500,000 and up

Example from an old email:


Garry Wills's ROME AND RHETORIC: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, to Jennifer Banks at Yale University Press, in a very nice deal, for publication in Spring 2011, by Andrew Wylie at The Wylie Agency (World).

I think the monthly subscription to Publishers Marketplace is $20/month and gives you the full deal newsletters. You can subscribe for just a month, if you'd like.

C.bronco
09-26-2008, 05:38 AM
DeadlyAccurate is right on target. (Get the pun? heh heh)
I get the Free Lunch every day, and stop in on their main website from time to time.

www.mediabistro.com is pretty good too.

BenPanced
09-26-2008, 06:15 AM
If you can get to the library, look for Publisher's Weekly, one of the industry bibles.

scheherazade
09-26-2008, 07:32 AM
Gawker.com (http://www.gawker.com) blogs all the happenings in the industry. It can give you a good insider sense of the industry trends, what's selling, what strange things other writers are doing (for example, they had massive coverage of the Kaavya Viswanathan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaavya_viswanathan) controversy, around a young woman who basically lifted her million-dollar-advance-garnering novel from at least a half dozen published chick lit novels). This is tailored more to people working in the field, so it gives you more of an insider perspective, though it's not necessarily targeted to writers.

You can also check out one of probably hundreds of blogs written by editors and agents, many of which tend to distill industry news and issues for writers and other people slightly removed from the industry. The agent Nathan Bransford (http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com/), who also fielded questions in the Ask an Agent forum here on AW, writes a great blog with lots of FAQs for writers, and provides lots of links to other agent and editor blogs. You can also check out the Ask an Agent and Ask an Editor forums here and follow links to blogs and other sites of people working in the field.

MissLadyRae
09-26-2008, 09:17 AM
http://booksquare.com is a great site that gives a look at the industry, what's working, what's not working and the how's and why not's. They keep up to date with industry news and often have authors and publishers posting their own experiences in the comments section. I love their motto: "Dissecting the publishing industry with love and skepticism." ;)

Linda Adams
09-26-2008, 02:22 PM
Try Publisher's Weekly. If you can't afford the magazine, you can subscribe to their blog through a blog reader like Newsgator. Also try Galley Cat--though between these two, you will have a lot of reading each day!

MatchmakerJane
09-26-2008, 04:35 PM
You guys rock! Thank you so much.