Future of Noble Romance uncertain with departure of manager – “At this moment, I do not know what the owner’s plans are, as far as the company’s immediate future is concerned. I’m pretty sure he’ll keep it up and running, in some form, so he can earn back some of his initial investment. I, on the other hand, only invested years of my life, my talent, my expertise, and my hard labor, and so I don’t imagine there is any way I’ll recoup my contribution. ;-) I’m not concerned about that, though. For me, this has always been a labor of love. “The internets
This is an excerpt from an email message Jill Noble sent out last Tuesday announcing her immediate departure from Noble Romance Publishing. Since then the author’s loop has been torpedoed and there is limited communication from the owner of Noble (who is apparently James Noble, Jill’s brother, and a successful technology businessman). A new loop for authors was privately set up and according to author J. S. Wayne, there appears to be a pattern of delayed royalty payments and reported royalties not matching novel rank.
On Erastes’ blog, authors were told to expect more clarification today. Hopefully the promised communication will be released and authors will be treated fairly.
Penguin profits slump, but ebook revenues rise 33% – ”Sales at Penguin fell 4% to £441m and adjusted operating profit fell 48% to £22m, with parent company Pearson blaming a number of factors – including the runaway success of rival titles Fifty Shades of Grey and The Hunger Games. “They have distorted the overall books market, Fifty Shades of Grey has sold more than 30m copies,” said Marjorie Scardino, chief executive of Pearson. “The US is the only place we are down, those big best sellers really did take a lot of air out of the market.”" Guardian UK
50 Shades has ruined everything, even one of the largest publishing company’s sales margins.
Kaetrin’s Musings: Why fade to black doesn’t work for me. Except when it does. – “I think there are two aspects at play during a sex scene in a romance (as opposed to erotica) – there is (often) something physically arousing about it and there is something I’m going to call, emotionally arousing. I can’t say I’m immune to the physical “symptoms” of a well written sex scene but for me, the bigger payoff is in the emotionality. I think very often the sex scene creates a “shortcut” to the emotional arousal I’m seeking – the heightened emotions which are often present being key here.” Kaetrin’s Musings
Kaetrin discusses the importance of emotionally connecting with a reader within a sex scene and beyond.
29. Book Accessibility: An Interview with Sassy Outwater, Pratik Patel, Laurel Montgomery and Kodak – “I interrupt your regularly scheduled RWA interviews for a podcast interview with Sassy Outwater, Pratik Patel, Laurel Montgomery and Sassy’s guide dog, Kodak. Kodak has many crucial things to say. We talk a bit about why blind accessibility for books is important, how authors can advocate for their books and their blind readers – and fear not, the bulk of the presentation and the handouts we gave will be available online soon, too. ”Smart Bitches
Giving PW Select another look – “Although I want to retain an open mind regarding the possibility of finding self published books that would make good additions to my library’s collection, I find PW Select to be mostly just a waste of my time. I perused all 184 listings and found that in the vast majority of cases, a 25-30 word description just wasn’t enough to get a sense of what a book was about although in some cases the poorly composed descriptions served as red flags to stay away. ” Hey Dead Guy
A librarian takes PW to task for charging $149 for the chance to appear in the PW Select which he deems “a waste of time”.
In funny news, apparently being a superhero is super expensive.
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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