Sep 25 2009
A British betting firm has set the odds for the Nobel prize for literature. A.S. Byatt, author of Possession (which is essentially a romance book), is on the list at 50 to 1 odds.
Washington Post tells the woeful tale of a newbie author who had almost no publisher support. Publishers are basically executing the Poor Law and driving authors from their books to the promotional table. (Yes, I am being sarcastic here). The tale has a happy ending, though. In the face of Dickensian oppression, the author is able to make a video and fund her own book tour which led to the sale of many books for herself. Lesson: Promo is your friend dear author because your publisher is not going to do it for you particularly when yours is just one of 560,000 books published in one year.
Poor Kelly Corrigan, first-time author, didn’t get invited to this weekend’s National Book Festival on the Mall to plug her 2008 memoir, “The Middle Place.” She won’t be rubbing shoulders with heavyweight authors such as Sue Monk Kidd, John Grisham or Pulitzer winner Junot D?az. No major newspaper bothered to review the California mom’s tale about cancer and family and recovery when it was released. Her publisher didn’t send her on tour. All the old-school staples of book promotion — the book festival, the tour, the glowing newspaper review — Corrigan got none of them.
Barnes and Noble is rattling its sword by requiring authors to place a buy link to Barnes & Noble on the authors’ websites. I checked with other publishers and was told that this is a strongly worded request made by all accounts but not a requirement. Authors routinely link to Amazon because its affiliate program nets them about as much as the royalty on the book sold however if authors are concerned about Amazon’s market dominance, then they should link to all the sites on the web. Barbara Vey was unhappy during her recent BN encounter when she asked why romance books were never a “staff pick”.
Update to add: Joe Gonnella from BN states that BN does not boycott based on websites. Me thinks that the publishers got a little heavy handed with the emails to the authors.
There are dozens of questions about “what’s next” for the Google Book Search. The Department of Justice has laid out what it thinks are the legal parameters of the settlement and Judge Chin seems inclined to approve one that is “fair and reasonable” (PDF Link). At status conference will be held on October 7 wherein Chin will presumably set new deadlines. A case cannot languish on a docket indefinitely. A note of caution for published authors under contract, any new settlement agreement will likely contain changes to the orphan works provision and very little for those works that are in print.
Bob Miller of Harper Studio notes that publishing’s downsizing is probably here to stay and that this means there will be more work for less people. Undoubtably, this means that quality will suffer. Go to the store and take a look at Lora Leigh’s HeatSeeker. She just hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list with her last book, but in the St. Martin’s release, the line under Chapter One reads “One years Later”. (jpg). This Amazon review recounts other editing errors in the book. Or perhaps it will mean delays in publishing. One publicity account of a major house tweeted that all summer 2010 titles were late.
Wendy, the Superlibrarian, is sharing her love of categories at author Victoria Janssen’s site.
Author Jill Myles posted a Day in the Life of a Kresley Cole Valkryie:
9:25 PM – After some name-calling and trash-talking, it is determined that the war will be decided by a game of Quarters. Some idiot invites a Lykae to be the judge. Pfft.
9:30 PM – Lykae shows up, wearing no shirt. Mmm, shirtless Lykae. Begin to see merits of male judge.
9:35 PM – Lykae tries to claim Daniela. Idiot. Quarters is temporarily called off as bar fight ensues.
9:49 PM – We win. Not a surprise. Nix also predicts we will win at Quarters, too.
9:53 PM – Mariketa the Awaited casts a spell to find a new judge for us. While we wait, Regin licks the backs of the quarters and sticks them to Daniela’s freezing skin.
9:54 PM – Daniela kicks Regin’s ass.
I’m not a huge fan of Michelle Buonfiglio as she goes to concerted efforts to slyly bash every community online but her own, however, today’s post by Gwyneth Bolton regarding the history of African American romance and the inspiration she derived from that history is really wonderful.