Late last year, the President signed into law the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. Under the new lawwhich adds 20 years to most copyright termsno new works will enter the public domain until 2019. Enacted to ensure adequate protection for U.S. works abroad, the new act restricts access to works published after 1922. As this article points out, passage of the act has changed the rules for using public domain materialsa rich source of quality, inexpensive content for many smaller publishers. Unfortunately, those who rely on such materials will be adversely affected by these new rules.
In addition to his publishing role at Random House, David Ebershoff is the author of The Danish Girl and The Rose City. The Danish Girl won the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and the Lambda Literary Award. His latest work, Pasadena, a novel, will be released by Random House in the summer of 2002. David is a visiting lecturer in fiction writing at Princeton, and lives in New York City.
Martha Levin joined Simon & Schuster last April to expand the Free Presss serious nonfiction lines to include literary fiction and other works. As publisher, she is responsible for every aspect of the publishing process: what the Free Press buys, publishes, how the house promotes, publicizes, how the books look, and what books get reprinted.
Michael Seidman is a veteran New York editor who oversaw Walker & Company's crime line for more than a decade until January 2002 when Walker closed the line. Michael continues to serve as an editorial consultant for the Company.
ARTHUR KLEBANOFF is the owner and president of the fifty-year-old Scott Meredith Literary Agency. As co-founder of Morton L. Janklow Associates, Inc. and partner in the law firm Janklow, Traum & Klebanoff, he worked over a ten year period on more than thirty seven-figure book deals, most involving commercial fiction. Klebanoff previously led the publishing division of International Management Group. He is also the CEO of RosettaBooks, the leading independent electronic publisher focused on quality backlist books. The author resides in New York City
The death of digital books has been greatly exaggerated! In related news, a distinguished panel of top representatives from the eBook divisions of Microsoft, Adobe, Palm, Digital Media and MobiPocket were scheduled to discuss emerging eBook technologies at the Seybold Seminars in New York on February 21.
Alexandra Styron's first novel, ALL THE FINEST GIRLS, was released this past summer by Little Brown and Company. In this exclusive Authorlink interview with the New York-based author we gain insights into her thoughts, attitudes, and her writing life. Alexandra's first novel is an elegantly written and unforgettable story about a daughter's loveand where that love lodges when her parents are less than lovable.
In our previous episode, Laura Van Wormer, former Doubleday editor and author of two TV series books, had just shown the manuscript of her precious first novel to three people: her future agent, her future editor and a friend who taught college lit.
You want to be published? Novelist Laura Van Wormer can tell you how to do it, for three reasons. First, shes written 10 books since 1988. The most recent, Trouble Becomes Her, the third in the Sally Harrington series, was released in early November by Mira. Second, before she started writing she was an editor at Doubleday. Finally, despite her tenure at Doubleday, she made some of the same mistakes in her writing career that the rest of us do.
The way to Chris Keesler's heart is through a good query letter. A feisty love story that knows when to break the rules doesn't hurt either. Keesler is a romance editor, one of only a few fellas in a female-dominated field. His position on the flip side of the gender divide works to his and his writers' advantage.