Oct 31 2011
Waterstone’s developed a very cool graphic timeline (scroll to the left/right) of vampire books. I’ve been told an updated version will appear with Anne Rice on it. It includes classics and modern favorites.
We had a discussion here at Dear Author about the mother of modern paranormal romances. Christine Feehan received the most votes.
Samhain is celebrating with a 30% off coupon. I highly recommend the Meg Benjamin Konisburg series.
Wall Street Journal writes that discoverability is a problem for self published authors. It’s a problem for every author, of course. In a world of increasing content, it is harder and harder for an author to stand out, regardless of whether she is self published or traditionally published. In 18 months, Bella Andre has made over $500,000 in self publishing whereas others have netted only $100 to $5000. For authors like Bella Andre, Marie Force, and Barbara Freethy (who released a statement announcing her 1,000,000 ebook sale) self publishing is making writing more profitable than ever.
A few of these self published authors have had print releases recently and I’ve been watching their sales success. Bella Andre’s print title from Grand Central published under the name Bella Riley, Home Sweet Home, didn’t hit any lists. Barbara Freethy’s September releases did the following.
- Silent Run, self published, $4.99 – High mark on the USA Today list was 33, No. 11, 16 on the NYTimes eBook list
- Silent Fall, self published, $4.99 – High mark on USA Today list was 91, No. 19, 27 on the NYTimes eBook list
- Garden of Secrets, published by Pocket at $7.99, did not hit USAToday list
Courtney Milan’s self published, $.99 novella, propelled her onto the NYTimes and USA Today list, but her Harlequin title, Unclaimed, price at $5.99 made neither lists.
Robyn Carr’s Harlequin titles regularly make the top of the NYT list but her self published historical Chelynne ranked lower. Chelynne was previously published by Little Brown (now part of Hachette) in 1980. It was #96 on the USA Today list whereas her last original MIRA release, Harvest Moon, in February 2011 was #8 on the USA Today list.
Heather Killough-Walden has a release out from NAL beginning tomorrow and priced at $7.99. Her previous self published titles were at $.99.
I’m not sure what to make of these data points. The data points are small and there are so many variables that it’s hard to draw one conclusion; however, for Freethy and Bella Andre and Courtney Milan, it looks like self publishing is still more successful than traditional publishing but maybe not for a big author like Robyn Carr. Price could play some part in it although Freethy and Andre price their books at a robust $4.99 (both authors, though, play around with their prices quite a bit).
There is a new retailer in the digital book market called aNobii. It’s for British readers and allows them to buy books directly from the publisher, both print and digital.
If a book catches your interest on British social reading site aNobii, you’ll now be able to buy it directly from the publisher. The site, which is backed by HMV (LSE: HMV), HarperCollins UK, Penguin UK and Random House UK, just signed deals with 10 British publishers to sell books directly through the site. Meanwhile, a similar effort in the U.S., Bookish, is bogged down and delayed its launch.
Will British readers move away from Amazon, Waterstones, Kobo, and Sony? I can’t imagine why unless there is more and better content on aNobii.
I loved this blog post by Veronica Roth about the unconvinced reader. I subscribe to an Amazon thread called “Dear Author Don’t” where readers share their reading peeves with other readers. The readers cite examples of everything from too many redheads to descriptive words they can’t stand. But ultimately, I think the readers are responding to general unhappiness with the book that they read. Truly, an author can do anything so long as she convinces the reader.
Digital book ownership is a looming legal issue but Douglas County Libraries have attempted to avoid the hazards of parsing out whether a purchase is a lease or a sale by striking deals directly with publishers.
The new deals follow a similar partnership that was struck between the library and the Colorado Independent Publishers Association in March. All the deals are part of the strategy being pursued by LaRue to demonstrate that the library remains in the digital age a trustworthy steward and owner of intellectual content, and that the library can reliably guard against capricious copying.
The Kobo Vox deliveries are delayed according to Nate at the Digital Reader. I never received an email cancelling my order, telling me it was delayed or that shipment has occurred. This is kind of disturbing and I hope that Kobo works things out. Nate also reports that BN is readying a new Nook announcement for November 7.