Some great articles and blogs for you to check out. No point in me writing about this, when these people have already said it so well.
Keeping up with what's going on in the publishing industry, and other things every writer should know.
Verso Advertising 2009 Survey of Book-Buying Behavior
(you need to page through the slide show)
Macmillan CEO John Sargent on the agency model, availability and price
(How should ebooks be priced, who controls the pricing, should ebooks be released at the same time as the hardcover?)
How Many Kindles Have Really Been Sold?
by Michael Mace, posted 2/25/10, Digital Book World
(statistics about ebook usage)
Learning from Ellora's Cave
by Tim Brandhorst, Deputy Director, Book Publishing, American Bar Association, 2/16/10, Digital Book World
(about the e-publishing business model)
In defense of romance: Proving the stereotypes wrong
by Katherine Orazem, The Yale Herald, 2/121/10
Common Misconceptions About Publishing
Charlie's Diary, the blog of author Charles Stross
(3 parts. "Publishing is a recondite, bizarre, and downright strange industry which is utterly unlike anything a rational person would design to achieve the same purpose")
Do You Really Need an Editor at a Publishing House?
by Carole Baron, editor, Knopf, 2/25/10, The Huffington Post
(all the things an editor does, that you may not realize)
New and Updated Publishing Dictionary
by Jessica Faust, Bookends LLC-A Literary Agency
(She provides brief but clear explanations of many publishing terms. A must for all authors. I love her definition of Fiction: "A story/book based on research and imagination." So true, and so often writers forget the research part. And Revisions: "Revisions can include anything from fixing punctuation to rewriting the entire book. It's a collaborative effort between editor and author.")