A roundup of new publishers, agents, and digital media ventures (book-related) that were announced in 2020.
Going forward, the AAR will be known as the Association of American Literary Agents (AALA).
It’s called The Audacious Book Club, which is part of a new overall endeavor called The Audacity, debuting on January 11, with new writing from Gay
Robin Cutler recently retired as head of IngramSpark, the print-on-demand distribution arm of Ingram that serves self-publishing authors.
Gardner, well-known for advising writers through her blog, is launching Gardner Literary, a full-service agency “representing diverse authors at the crossroads of faith and culture.”
The new imprint, Roc Lit 101, will be partly overseen by One World publisher and editor in chief Chris Jackson.
Last year, Penguin Random House shut down its imprint Spiegel & Grau, run by the well-known veteran editors Cindy Spiegel and Julie Grau.
BookFunnel, the service used by many authors to distribute digital review copies and giveaways (as well as sell ebooks direct), can now deliver digital audio.
Print sales continue to run ahead of 2019 according to NPD BookScan, which tracks sales through brick-and-mortar and online retailers.
In our last issue, we rounded up multiple viewpoints on the potential of the Big Five becoming the Big Four.