The Hot Sheet Reviewed – second November 2017 edition

The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best twice-monthly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More …

Writing in India’s shadow – the challenge facing Nepali authors

I was e-chatting with a Canadian author recently and the topic turned to what it is like for Canadian authors, writing in the shadow of their giant neighbour, the USA. Canada has a vibrant literary community and heritage. For example the Montreal International Book Fair, which begins its 40th anniversary incarnation tomorrow, Wednesday 15 November, is Read More …

Children’s books thrive amid the ups and downs of US bookstore retail. For now

With the pending closure of Book World’s 45 mid-west USA bookstores it may seem like another mortal blow to print books and bricks & mortar stores, but there are still reasons to be optimistic. The Canadian bookstore chain Indigo, for example, plans to open five stores in the US over the next two years. While Read More …

Canada’s Indigo to open five US bookstores

In blatant defiance of the popular chant that US retail is dead, and despite not yet being in profit itself, the Canadian “cultural department store” operator Indigo plans to open its first store in the US next summer, starting in New Jersey, with four more to follow. The New jersey store will be in a Read More …