My FishbowlNY colleague Dylan passed along his footnotes to Prosper Assouline’s insider’s look at publishing, and I had quite a good laugh at the unleashed snarkitude (“Christie’s, where most busy book publishers go after a two-hour lunch at the Four Seasons”). Then I went to a new website that has some real insights into how the book biz works: the Greenleaf Book Group’s Big Bad Book Blog. It’ll tell you if you really have a shot at Oprah, how to minimize returns, and why cover design is important.
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