2013 Call For Papers – Now Open! – BEA’s deadline for accepting panel submissions for the 2013 Book Blogger Con is today. Full disclosure, I am one of several who will be reviewing these proposals. I’d love to see some technical proposals like how to get the most of out of Blogger and WordPress; or how to do things beyond the blog like newsletters and other similar items. If you are great at one thing but a friend is good at another, put a proposal together with the two or three or four of you. BookExpo America 2013
Need Writer for 45,000 to 55,000 Word Romance Novel – This is hilarious and kind of sad. Someone is looking for a ghost writer for a “romance/mystery” and is willing to pay $450 for 45,000 to 55,000 words. Of course you must give up all rights to the work in exchange for that $450.00. oDesk
The Book Consumer in 2012: DBW 2013 Presentation 1/17/13 – You can download the presentation (if you give your email address) that Bowker gave at DBW. There are some interesting statistics in the report but nothing eye opening. The statistics simply confirm what we all know here at Dear Author. Ebook purchases are eroding mass market and hardcover sales. The majority of ebook purchases are made by women with degrees. Bowker Market Research
Insights From Barnes & Noble on the Ebook Market | Digital Book World – The big thing that is coming out of Digital Book World yesterday was discovery. As readers move toward digital books, there are fewer impulse buys and more problems with publishers making an impact with their titles. Amazon represents 30% of all book money spent but when the purchaser goes to Amazon knowing what she is going to purchase. Bloggers, “influencers”, peer reviewers are growing in influence. Publishers want to know how to harness this. Beyond that recommendations include protecting physical bookstores; publishers selling more direct; and targeting the citizen reviewers. More here about BN.paidContent
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