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New Faces of Romance

Publishers Weekly has an article up about the new faces of romance. I’ve read three of the books featured and Meljean Brook’s book, Demon Angel, is the class of the bunch. Hers is not to be missed.

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Google Book Search Fights Plagairism

Slate offered up a column on how Google Book Search can be used to combat plagiarism. Says Paul Collins “Google Book Search contains hundreds of millions of printed pages, and yet after just a few words, the likelihood of the… more

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Even a Six Year Old Can Do It

Aultbea Publishing is setting new records by signing and publishing Christopher Beale’s children’s book, 1,500-word five-chapter novel called This and Last Season’s Excursions. Mr. Beale was 6 years old and 118 days when his opus was completed. He is now… more

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Color Your Covers

Penguin announced that it will release some classics with blank, art ready covers so that the reader can sketch, paint, decoupage their own cover. I love this idea and think it would make great gifts. Ned is so handy with… more

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Most visited publishing sites?

It may surprise you, but the top visited publishing website is Spark Notes, a study guide publisher. Next up is Random House, ranked 8133 and then Harlequin (excluding non romance publishers). St. Martins is dead last and that’s because their… more

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Star in your own romance novel

A UK based company called U Star Novels is offering personalized romance novels. You answer 26 questions from where you work to what your favorite perfume is and these details are then interwoven through one of three romances: “Fever in… more

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Update on the Simpson Book

Borders announced that it would carry the book but that it would donate net proceed to a national organization that assists domestic violence. It will also not discount the title or promote it. If you dislike the idea of this… more

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Missing the Baby Boom Boat

According to a Harris Interactive study, 37% of Baby Boomers are having a difficult time finding television shows that are reflective of their lives. I wonder what publishers are doing (besides creating the slightly larger mass market book – don’t… more

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NY Post: It’s really on top of things

In its November 19, 2006, column, the Post reports that paranormals are really hot these days particularly with the ladies who love bestiality. In the hot new “paranormal romance” version, the hero may literally be a stallion. Authors getting Post… more

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Commenters Behaving . . . Ignorantly?

Apparently one commenter has gone completely nutso over the whole Miss Snark disses romance author shindig. Karen S has been paying attention and pulled out the comment by WitLit Today, whose own blog, while having cute pictures of dogs, is… more