Speaking of national news and romance, Geri Krotow, a romance author, gave her book to Barak Obama as a gift for Michelle. The pictures of the President looking at the book are priceless.
Penguin has a good quarter but only because of the currency exchange rate. Under the hood, it shows that profits fell 19% and there was a 6% sales decline in the first six months of 2009. Penguin appears to be losing money in its travel and reference department which resulted in the layoffs (100 people) and downsizing of its DK Publishing Group. Charlaine Harris is the highlight of the US publishing group. Dead and Gone shipped 540,000 copies of the hardcover. E-book sales are “very strong” but Penguin is concerned about the $9.99 price point. Via Publishers’ Weekly.
Patricia Briggs (a Penguin author) is having a giveaway extravaganza. Briggs is one of my favorite UF/crossover writers. Go forth and win stuff from her and you, too, will become a convert. Via SmartBitches.
All right, who named these poor kids? Seriously. It’s like the BDB had only one even halfway reasonable name to go around and they all drew straws to see who’d get it. And now that one guy is dead. The names are one of the reasons I’m finding it very hard to take this book seriously. I can’t help but think of the MST3K episode Cave Dwellers, in which Tom Servo changes his name to Htom Sirveaux and Crow says to Tom, "well, Htom, why don’t you hlick me?"
EA (a gaming software company) tries to win the DoucheBag of the Year award for ComicCon 2009. It has a contest that requires the entrants to take pictures committing “acts of lust” with its Booth Babes. Ironically, EA is trying to reach out to the female consumer with new Wii Fit games after suffering a downturn in profits and sales. Oh, EA, did you think ComicCon was a bubble in which being assholic toward women would go unnoticed?
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