All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Big News this week is about changes to Dorchester Books’ publishing program. They’re eliminating mass market paperback editions of their books. Mass market books are the size most paperbacks appear in — a size originally designed to fit in slots at grocery, drug stores and news agents. Beginning in September 2010, all books from Dorchester will appear first as ebooks, then several months later as trade paper size. Trade paper is the larger size, similar to hardcover, with a soft cover.  This is a business model followed by many e-publishers — e-version of the book first, then a trade paper version later. It will be interesting to see how this plays out for Dorchester and its authors.

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One example of a trade paper release is my current book, Things I Want to Say. Available online and in a bookstore near you this month.

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Delacorte Books announces its 29th Annual Delacorte Press Contest for a First Young Adult Novel. First prize is a book contract with $1,500 cash and $7,500 advance against royalties. You’re eligible to enter if you haven’t previously published a book-length work or young adult fiction. Enter the complete manuscript of a contemporary novel suitable for readers aged 12 to 18. Manuscripts should be between 100 and 224 typewritten pages. Entries must be postmarked after October 1 but before December 31, 2010. Find all the rules here.

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