>Why aren’t they called adults’ books

>and adults’ books editors? In any event, there is a great roundtable discussion among four of ‘em over at Poets & Writers. This past week I had to deal with a new author who was rather over-enthusiastic in his attempts to persuade the Magazine to review his book. I finally had to call in the […]

>More about money

>Boston Globe writer David Mehegan has a great piece on what’s going on at Houghton Mifflin. Don’t skip the comments, either–lots of perspectives from people who used to work there. And don’t miss the aforementioned Patsy Aldana expounding at some greater length on just what money and publishing have to do with each other, for […]

>We’re still here . . .

>But the Horn Book, Inc. has a new owner. See details on our website.

>J.K. Rowling wishes they paid by the word.

>Agent Amanda Urban on the economics of book publishing: “Books can only support a certain retail price,” she said. “It’s not like you have books that can be Manolo Blahniks and books that can be Cole Haan. Books are books. A book by James Patterson costs the same as a book by some poet.” Which […]

>Houghton Mifflin Harcourt update

>While I could not get HMH to confirm or deny Jane Yolen’s claim that the children’s division was not bound by the no-submissions policy announced last week, I see from a Hillel Italie AP story that Joe-the-spokesman is apparently talking to someone. In a report of today’s resignation of adult trade publisher Becky Saletan, Italie […]

>My best friend

>and frequent commenter here is interviewed over at Cynsations. The photo is graciously intimidating and makes me think Lawzy has the potential to become a true dragon lady. Oh, but when we were young . . . never mind, let’s leave something for the memoir. On thing I’ll share, though, that Elizabeth did not: as […]

>(Un)block that metaphor!

>”We have turned off the spigot, but we have a very robust pipeline”–Houghton Mifflin Harcourt spokesman Josef Blumenfeld, explaining the company’s rationale for ordering its editors to stop acquiring manuscripts. No, Joe, what you have turned off is the water supply, rendering both the pipeline AND spigot irrelevant.

>Add ‘em up, Bobby

>Could somebody do this math for me? If Sarah Palin did in fact receive seven million dollars for a book contract, how many copies would the publisher have to sell to recoup its cost? Would it be possible? Yes, I intend to use song references for my blog headings until I get good and tired […]

>Score one for the big guys

>J. K. Rowling has prevailed.

>Listen to the children!

>Maybe Sherry Jones, whose The Jewel of Medina was cancelled by Ballantine for fear of Muslim terrorist rage, was just working with the wrong division of Random House. The copyright page of each fall 08 Random House ARC I’ve received states “Random House Children’s Books supports the First Amendment and celebrates the right to read.”