Tomorrow marks the beginning of the official release of the April books. Most Avon and Random House books are released on the last Tuesday of every month. Kensington, Grand Central, and Harlequin have an official release date of the first of every month with Berkley/Jove/Signet/NAL books being released on the first Tuesday of every month. Many epublishers like Samhain release books weekly or biweekly on Mondays or Tuesdays. To celebrate new release dates, we post two open threads at Dear Author. The first one is for readers to recommend books to each other, talk about what issues are on their mind, and bring up their favorite new releases. It’s one of my favorite threads at DA.
The second open thread is a place for authors to pimp their books. Generally we frown upon off topic pimpage but we do recognize that there should be a safe haven for authors to talk up their books and this is the place for authors to do so. I think I spotted a giveaway or two referenced in that thread.
These two threads are a great way to make up a buy list.
Smashwords, a self publishing digital storefront and distributor, has made a deal with Apple to bring its Premium Catalog to iThing readers. The cost to be included in the Premium Catalog is not content based, but rather production-quality based. That is, the ebook must meet certain quality production standards and must have an ISBN to be included. Mark Coker, the owner of Smashwords, also put out the pricing guidelines, as required by Apple. Even if you don’t have an iThing or plan to own one, Apple pricing scheme is being adopted by five of the Big 6 and will likely inform the prices at other retailers (this is one thing Amazon is fighting for – the right not to be outpriced by Apple).
Full right to price without Apple restrictions exists for:
- Books that do not have a print equivalent.
- Hardcover list prices that exceed $40 in print
- Mass market or trade paperbacks list prices that exceed $22
For Mass Markets or Trade Paperbacks
- For any book with a print equivalent list priced at $22 or less, the cap is $9.99
- This is for the first year only
- After the first year, price can be anything UNLESS APPLE DEEMS IT UNREALISTIC
- Anything under $22.00 is capped at $9.99
- $22.01-$24.00, the maximum ebook price is $10.99;
- $24.01-$25.00 is $11.99;
- $25.01-$27.50 is $12.99;
- $27.51-$30.00 is $14.99;
- $30.01-$35.00 is $16.99;
- $35.01-$40.00 is $19.99.
Is this Agency model? No, it’s Apple pricing. Mike Cane had a peek inside the iBookstore (screencaps galore) and notes that prices are all over the place, but none dip below $9.99. Publishers’ Marketplace says that there are additional provisions that require a book to be sold at $12.99 if it hits the NYT Bestseller list. (paid link)
Kobo Books suggests that loyalty programs will be a thing of the past. If that is true, I wonder what will happen to the Fictionwise buying club and whether I should use my micropay rebate dollars now while I still can.
Ebooks are not popular worldwide. In Ireland only 100 ebooks were sold in 2009 but that Penguin believes that overall digital sales will exceed 15% in five years.
I found this interview with the deceased Dick Giordano on the topic of romance and comic books of great interest. Giordano spoke about how difficult it was to draw romances in comics because romances are mostly emotion based.
LUSTIG: In an interview in Comic Book Artist, you indicated that when you were young you found romance comics harder to draw than action stories and that you required more visual references. That probably surprises some people.
GIORDANO: The reason they're harder is that they're emotionally based. The subtle hand movements and body language that you find in romance books are very hard to do from memory, so photo reference was something I used quite a bit of. Conversely, when you're doing a superhero story, you can't really get someone to pose photographically for some of the outrageous action that takes place. You basically have to make that all up, or follow somebody from before you who's done it better than you're doing it.
Author Solutions, the much reviled publishing services company, has struck a deal to get all of the books that are published using its services onto the Kindle platform. I had no idea that they hadn’t such a deal already.
Karen Scott notes that EC is seeking submissions for two wildly different lines. One sounds like a Girls Gone Wild and the other sounds like Inspy Erotica.
Trisha has some thoughts about the YA RITA nominations (she’s a YA blogger if you wonder why I am linking to her). She is a fan of Perfect Chemistry like everyone else I’ve read. I have got to buy and read that book.