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Wednesday Late Night Links

  • Orbit’s new creative director, Lauren Panepinto, blogged about the production of the cover for Jennifer Rardin’s “Bite” books. It’s a pretty fascinating behind the scenes look as it shows the model with the leather and the crossbow.
  • Speaking of Orbit, it sounds like Hachette and everyone is making up so you should be able to access the One Dollar Orbit ebooks at your favorite digital retail location. (Deal only good in USA).
  • Young Adult Library Services Association lists its 2009 top ten graphic novels for teens although all the titles listed were published in 2007 and 2008. Says Jan of these offerings: “We reviewed Sand Chronicles and REAL was on my top 10 for last year. Uzumaki creeped the heck out of me, and I had a blurb about it around Halloween 2007 as a truly scary manga.”
  • And if you haven’t had enough Jane Austen rewrites, you could check out “Pride and Prejudice versus Zombies”. GalleyCat quotes from the catalog:

    What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers–and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead.

    If you didn’t think that publishing was sick and need more evidence, Gawker has learned that the mistresses and girlfriends of the formerly rich bankers have received an offer to write a book based on their blog. I’m sure there is a huge audience to read about women who are bemoaning the fact that they can’t take trips anymore because their lover’s wife is keeping strict tabs on the checking account or that their Bergdorf allowances were cut in half. Whatever.

  • The one segment of publishing making money? POD folks who are willing to publish anyone’s dream for a fee. Thanks JL Wilson.

    In 2008, nearly 480,000 books were published or distributed in the United States, up from close to 375,000 in 2007, according to the industry tracker Bowker. The company attributed a significant proportion of that rise to an increase in the number of print-on-demand books.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. carolyn jean
    Jan 28, 2009 @ 22:14:44

    Uh! I read that article about those Wall street widows. LAME!!! But thanks for the tip to read about Rardin’s cover. I think her covers are actually some of my favorites. Though I don’t know that I’ve seen her latest!

  2. Kimber An
    Jan 28, 2009 @ 22:46:12

    “Many people incorrectly assume that profit is the sole motive for self-publishing. For many writers, creating the work and then sharing it is its own reward.”
    Todd, Burlington, VT

    Beautifully stated.

  3. Teddypig
    Jan 29, 2009 @ 02:08:12

    Pride and Prejudice versus Zombies…. Sqeeeeel!


  4. GrowlyCub
    Jan 29, 2009 @ 07:22:44

    The cover article is very interesting, but I have to admit that I kept thinking of ‘Miss Legs with Pink skirt’ and all the other badly photoshopped and reused covers and kept wondering how often it really is this involved.

  5. Jessica G.
    Jan 29, 2009 @ 07:42:10

    The One Dollar orbit promotion is the most awesomest ever, in my opinion.

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