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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the publisher of authors including Philip Roth, Jonathan Safran Foer, Günter Grass and J. R. R. Tolkien, has temporarily suspended acquisitions of new manuscripts, a company spokesman said Monday...He added, “Every new manuscript that comes in is going to be subjected to a higher degree of scrutiny and consideration than has previously been the case.”He said he could not be specific about what criteria would govern decisions about what manuscripts to buy, but said that editors would have to prove to an acquisitions committee that the book showed concrete evidence of “market interest.”
Moreover, last week I mentioned that some bookstores aren't taking new book orders at the top of 09 to stay solvent.
So how do authors adjust and prepare for these changes?
I'll be discussing these developments with Marina Woods in more detail tonight and what they may mean for authors (both newbies and midlisters) on The Dee and Marina Reports Show Tonight. You're welcome to call in and add to the conversation. Or email me questions to address during the show. The Show airs tonight at 8 -8:45 pm. with a fifteen minute Real Talk After Show. Visit the show and chat at www.blogtalkradio.com/deegospel The call in # is (646) 649-1066.