Last night, a Dorchester author, Brian Keene, blogged that Leah Hultenschmidt and Don D’Auria had been let go from Dorchester. Leah Hultenschmidt was the executive editor over romance and Don was the editor who created the Leisure horror lines and oversaw the Western and Thriller lines. Chris Keeslar is the only editor who remains. This news was confirmed to me earlier this morning and Publishers Weekly got in touch with president John Prebich who also confirmed the departures. Prebich says that Dorchester will still be publishing new books into 2011 and a number of “new partnerships” will be announced next week.
I don’t see how Dorchester remains afloat with one editor. Brian Keene says to his fellow authors:
What's my advice to my fellow Leisure authors? Run. Get the fuck out and don't look back.
A Wall Street Journal article opines that the next step in the digital book revolution will be ads in books. This sparked a twitter debate under the hashtag #adsinbooks. Some people pointed out that ads in books have been done in the past, particularly with entries in the back of the book or in the middle of the books. I don’t know why Harlequin discontinued the ads in the middle of their books, but they have.
I’ve expressed my concerns about ads in books here and my distaste for product placement here. Also, as an update for the product placement piece, apparently the epilogues have been wildly success for Julia Quinn because it was reported in Publishers Marketplace that Quinn sold a collection of extended epilogues for the Bridgerton books along with a reunion story to Avon for $100K-$250K.
Apple and Google have taken seats on the IDPF board and some suggest that this might signal the end of ePub as a default format. Apple is a strong proponent of html5 and there hasn’t been a decent app in the Appstore that allows for use with Adobe DRM.
ePub is really just a container for a number of xml files so conversion to html5 wouldn’t be difficult. HOWEVER, that is only if you know how to strip the DRM. Wouldn’t it be great if someone imposes their will on the industry and enforces just one DRM?
Out Magazine featured Alex Beecroft and Erastes, two of the top gay romance fiction writers in a piece exploring the female fascination with gay romance. The two started writing slash fiction (which is fan fiction that mashes up two male characters – usually – like Harry Potter and Draco). Both authors confess that inside they are really just a gay man and the author of the article questions whether m/m doesn’t obliterate the woman entirely.
While I know organic sexual preferences are neither elective nor politically motivated, I couldn't help but feel, as a heterosexual female, that there was something self-assassinating and a little bit politically disturbing about the M/M fiction I read. Femininity, in this genre, is a culture that is so completely conquered as to be utterly vanquished.
She concludes, however, that “love abhors all limitations, and gender is among the least of these.”
Thought provoking, no? As is Jill Sorenson’s article on Sexuality and Same-Sex Romance at Read, React, Review. Jill is an author who writes categories and mass market romantic suspenses. She also reviews lesbian romances here at Dear Author. Jill says:
…I thought of a puzzling scene I'd just read in a lesbian romance. One of the heroines wore masculine clothing and lived as a man. She used a strap-on during sex and reacted with arousal when her lover caressed it. I didn't understand what could possibly be pleasurable about donning a fake penis or having it touched. But now I get it.
Sexuality is more complicated than liking men vs. liking women. It's also about which sexual parts we identify with, and they may or may not match our biological parts.
One expert suggests that publishers need to engage in dynamic pricing and raise the price of much wanted books to take advantage of high demand. I think this is what Hachette did with the Twilight books. For the longest time, the digital price of the Twilight books remained quite high, in excess of the paperback. Now, with the fever for Twilight dying down, Hachette has brought the price of the Twilight digital books in line with the price of the Twilight paperback books. If publishers implemented this on the digital side, it would mean more of the books you want to buy might be more expensive, but it also means that authors you might not want to take a chance on might be priced more attractively.
Someone from the New Yorker crashed a Kobo Reader party and came away with the news that the Kobo is likely to be $99 before Christmas time. Given that the Kindle 3 is $139 and the nook with wifi is $149, a $149 Kobo with bluetooth only doesn’t really make sense.
If you own a nook, you may want to hold off updating the software? Shannon Stacey was cursing her nook yesterday and today there is an article on Teleread that the new nook software app may be causing problems.