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News stories from the book world in January 2014

January 2014

Most authors earn less than £600 ($1,000) from their writing

27 January 2014

Further information from the 2014 Digital Book World and Writer's Digest Author Survey shows the appallingly low level of income most writers get from their books. In News Review 13 January the first part of this research was revealed, but the research has also yielded information from the 9,000 witers who took part about their earnings from their writing.  Read more

So what do editors want?

20 January 2014

As well as being the season for book industry leaders to forecast what kind of year they think we're going to have, it's also been a time when editors are looking into crystal balls. They're not coming up with many answers and most trends seem to be a continuation of what's already happening.  Read more

Do authors prefer traditional publishing to self-publishing?

13 January 2014

Dana Beth Weinberg has written about the recently-released figures showing that most American authors prefer traditional publishing to self-publishing: ‘ The recent Digital Book World and Writer's Digest Author Survey showed that among the authors surveyed who had completed manuscripts, surprisingly few expressed a preference to indie publish their latest ones.  Read more

The remarkable Mike Shatzkin

6 January 2014

Mike Shatzkin is the Founder & CEO of The Idea Logical Company and is described on its site as ‘a widely-acknowledged thought leader about digital change in the book publishing industry'. This is rather to understate the influence of this remarkable man.  Read more