Amazon and Hachette Resolve Dispute at the NYT.
It's good, and it's bad. "If anyone thinks this is over, they are deluding themselves. Amazon covets market share the way Napoleon coveted territory."
Step off the plane to learn Hachette and Amazon have reached a deal. A relief, sure...but I still hope you buy books from your fav indie.
— Barry Goldblatt (@barrygoldblatt) November 13, 2014
Here's the manuscript process from an agent's POV by agent Jennifer Laughran.
When you wonder who the vanity presses are [the people you do NOT want] and who the legit publishers are... here's a great essay about that, The Author Exploitation Business. Read it. It's important.
Remember Yog's Law is “Money flows toward the writer.” Also see the discussion on Whatever about Yog's Law and self-publishing.