Wow, a lot have posts about the state of the publishing industry have been hitting my Google Reader recently.
Agent Jennifer Jackson has a rundown of which houses are announcing layoffs.
Agent Kristin Nelson expresses confusion over HMH’s “acquisition freeze“.
Susan Wise Bauer, co-author of the classical homeschooling bible, The Well-Trained Mind, is on the verge of a nervous breakdown (her diagnosis, not mine!) over how all of this is affecting the latest edition of that book.
On the plus side, Amazon announced their 2009 Breakthrough Novel Award for unpublished novels. Contest opens February 2009.
On a personal level, I came back from Thanksgiving to the good news of a check in the mail from the sale of a short earlier this year. This was especially nice because this month I received two “good, but not quite there, send more” rejections for the one story I’m currently shopping around. Back to Ralan and Duotrope, I guess.
Oooh, fun money! Are you spending it on something fun and frivolous???
No idea. 🙂