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Orange Is the New Black ‘s Laverne Cox to Publish Memoir – Although Harlequin is synonymous with Romance for many readers, they publish in multiple genres. Laverne Cox, actress and LGBT activist, has been contracted in a six-figure deal to write her memoirs. There’s a great moment at the end of the article where, if you share my lack of enthusiasm for Katie Couric, you can see Cox give her a nice run for her interviewing money.
“Cox said in a statement, ‘By sharing my full, unvarnished story, including details of my life and family history I have never before revealed, I hope to provide a voice and safe place for those who have suffered because of their race, class, gender, abuse, violence and trauma.’”BET
How HarperCollins’s Chief Digital Officer Uses Big Data To Make Publishing More Profitable – Remember that story on big data I posted a few days ago (I’m too lazy to look it up, but it wasn’t that long ago)? Well, here’s former music industry executive Chantal Restivo-Alessi talking about how Harper Collins uses big data. There’s some mention of pricing digital, but I do wish Restivo-Alessi had offered a few more specific examples. And will profitable mean more focus on actual readers?
“Digital changes our ability to acquire more data, which is good and bad. The good side is it gives us the opportunity to look at things that we do and also what we acquire in a different way. The bad thing is that the risk is you have too much noise and you need to make sure you’re identifying exactly what you’re looking for rather than being swamped by data.”Fast Company
Amazon Publishing Aims at Christian Market with New Imprint – One area of publishing that continues to grow is the Christian fiction and non-fiction market. I don’t think this is surprising, at least not in the United States, but it is interesting, especially as we see how the faith-based Romance market trends in response. Will we (PLEASE) see more faith-based Romances that focus on religions beyond Christianity?
“Amazon Publishing announced the launch of a Christian imprint that will specialize in faith-based nonfiction and fiction. Titles from the new imprint, Waterfall Press, will be published by Brilliance Publishing, a division of Amazon. The first title from the press, The Four Best Places to Live by Mark Buchanan, will release next month.”Publishers Weekly
Judges needed for The Carolyn Readers Choice Award, 2014 – If you’re a reader who would like to receive up to nine complimentary books, in return for reading at 30 pages of each and then filling out a score sheet, this contest sponsored by the North Texas RWA chapter may be for you. You *must* be a reader, and the judging begins mid-February. If you are interested, please apply at the website, where you can read the rest of the rules and guidelines.
“Entries will be judged in two rounds: first round and final round. Judges will receive and may read the complete book, but for contest purposes, we ask that you fill out the score sheet after reading the first thirty pages and before finishing the book. Judges will receive books in PDF format. Please make sure you can accept and read PDFs on your devices.”North Texas RWA
isn't sure if she's an average Romance reader, or even an average reader, but a reader she is, enjoying everything from literary fiction to philosophy to history to poetry. Historical Romance was her first love within the genre, but she's fickle and easily seduced by the promise of a good read. She approaches every book with the same hope: that she will be filled from the inside out with something awesome that she didnÊ¼t know, didnÊ¼t think about, or didnÊ¼t feel until that moment. And she's always looking for the next mind-blowing read, so feel free to share any suggestions!