Marketing guru Seth Godin recently launched a kickstarter project for his next book. Although Godin’s move to the kickstarter model is interesting in and of itself, I’m far more fascinated by the post over on We Grow Media about  Godin’s campaign in which Dan Blank examines the way an argument is being positioned in Godin’s Kickstarter rhetoric that’s all about speaking to his fans and less to do with reality.  It’s fascinating stuff.

In April, the DOJ filed suit against five of the big 6 publishers alleging an illegal price fixing conspiracy to increase the price of ebooks. Several publishers have since chosen to settle, while others continue to fight, and the publishing world is waiting for the results of the trail with interest. Dear Author has put together a great recap of the lawsuit that includes a time-line of events and several links to commentary that makes it clear exactly what’s going on.

Whether you get it or not, phenomenal success of 50 Shades of Grey has given writers, publishers, and booksellers plenty of things to think about. TeleRead.com rounds up some of the more interesting commentary, dealing with how the book’s success seemed to come out of nowhere, and how the industry can capitalize on the momentum.

We’re used to celebrating authorial success, but Corinne Purtill’s post about failure for Salon.com, My Book Was a Bad Idea, speaks to the realities of the writers life. Sometimes you write, fail, and keep on writing.

In a campaign designed to appeal to the tech-savvy, a British hotel in Newcastle is swapping out the the Gideon bible found in hotel drawers for a dedicated e-reader.

John Birmingham wrote an interesting follow up to John Scalzi’s post on becoming a New York Times best-seller that we linked to in the last fry-up. It’s interesting to note the points of similarity between John’s experience as an Australian best-seller and Scalzi’s experience as an American.

Writer Beware on the difference between rights and copyrights, and what you should look out for in contracts.

Rachel Hills on why writing for exposure doesn’t work.

Sarah Alderson offers some advice on How to Get an Agent.

YA author Justine Larbalestier talks about Researching for Novels.

For years, reading has been a private act, but with the rise of e-readers and the ability to track reader data your ebooks are now reading you.

Those are the links that caught our attention this week. As always, we’re interested in hearing from our Speakeasy readers: What writing and publishing issues are you pondering this Friday? What links have caught your attention?

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