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September Freebies from Samhain and Updated Digital Backlist from Harlequin

DA Industry NewsMockingjay sells over 450,000 copies in the first week of sale and goes back to print for another 400,000 copies.   That’s a lot of copies.   You can read our spoiler filled review here.


File this under the annals of interesting author promotion.   Alyssa Day has a pretty professional music video with an original song that can be purchased on iTunes based on her Warriors of Poseidon series. The song was written and performed by the band Radiator Music.


We have updated the digital backlist titles from Harlequin.   The August list books are out in the wild and the September list books will be released on the 20th.   I want to recommend the Reid books and the McAllister books. I know Sunita is a fan of Sarah Morgan (who also has an HP out this month, One Night…Nine-Month Scandal, that Sunita is recommending).


Samsung has released a 7″ tablet called the Galaxy Tablet based on the Android operating system.   The Kobo eReading app powers the “readers hub” of the device.   It looks like a neat device but the price is quite high.   Higher than the iPad. Not sure who the market is here.


Samhain Freebies for September:


Investors of the parent company of UK mega bookseller Waterstones are unhappy and suggesting that Waterstones should be jettisoned from the company.   Waterstones is the last big mainstream brick and mortar store in the UK.

Rebel shareholders have opened fire on music shops chain HMV  over its management of Waterstone’s, Britain’s largest books  retailer. Investors want HMV chief executive Simon Fox to sell  the book business if a turnaround strategy unveiled in March  fails to boost returns by this time in 2011.

So digital book sales and online book sales are affecting the publishing business everywhere. Thanks Laura Vivianco for the link and explanation of high street and the meaning of Waterstone’s financial trouble in the UK.


Smart Bitch Sarah hosted a Sony Reader launch event at the Sony Reader store in Manhattan.   She came away with pictures and thoughts about the new Sonys.   The good news is that the touchscreen has not degraded the quality of the screen whatsoever.   The bad news is the price point.   The lowest price model, the Sony Pocket Edition, has been pushed up to $179.


I see a lot of authors going YA these days but I’m telling you the money is in non fiction.   Sportswriter Adrian Wojnarowski signed for a $400,000 advance to write a book about Jim Valvano, the late great basketball coach. (ESPN is a big supporter of the Jimmy V foundation. I myself hate it because Jimmy V necessarily brings out Dick Vitale and I find him incredibly annoying).   Anyway, Wojnarowski didn’t deliver and Penguin wants some of its money back.   Wojnarowski is returning $140,000.   I know that some amount of money is paid at the signing of the contract, another portion at the delivery, and another portion at the publication so I suspect Penguin didn’t pay out the entire $400,000 but it probably paid out more than $140,000.

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


  1. MaryK
    Sep 03, 2010 @ 13:18:41

    You know, I’ve been seeing those video rental vending machines all over the place and was wondering how that “shopping” experience could compare to browsing the video store aisles. Then I realized how similar it must be to browsing or a video website where you can actually search for title words, actors, directors, etc.

    B&M bookstores ought to incorporate something like that for ebooks into their existing stores. Not a Nook type system where you have to own a particular device but a kiosk/terminal where anybody could search for and buy an ebook, even somebody who reads on their laptop. Then there’d be paper books and ebooks to browse and the store would make money on either one instead of losing money because the book the customer wants isn’t in stock.

  2. Sunita
    Sep 03, 2010 @ 14:32:50

    Also on the lists: Liz Fielding’s backlist books, yay! I haven’t gone through and figured out which ones they are (e.g. standalones or in some of her series), but she is one of my autobuy authors.

    The Sarah Morgan medicals include a couple that I have read and liked, as well as some I have in the paperback version in my TBR.

    Now if only there were more hours in the day for me to read them …

  3. ShellBell
    Sep 03, 2010 @ 15:08:41

    Really pleased to see some Michelle Reid’s earlier books being re-released as eBooks. Now, if only they would re-release more of the earlier books by Lynne Graham, Carole Mortimer, Helen Bianchin and Margaret Way. Some of their early books are gems.

  4. helen
    Sep 03, 2010 @ 21:17:14

    What a great video! I am not a big fan of these books, but the video has made me think I missed something. One thing that’s lacking though, why is this video not up on youtube??? Silly to promote it only on a website no one knows about.

  5. Kaetrin
    Sep 03, 2010 @ 23:48:37

    I’m excited about the new Sonys – I have a 700 and the touchscreen does degrade the reading quality. Plus, even better, the Readers will finally (finally!) be sold and supported in Australia! Yay!

  6. Estara
    Sep 04, 2010 @ 01:49:19

    @Kaetrin: Congratulations! As someone who imported a 505 from the UK to Germany because we didn’t have it at the time, I totally feel with you.
    Having seen the videos and read the ups and downs (and the ereader being a luxury anyway), I’m most likely to buy a touch edition at some point. As long as the 505 is fine I won’t bother though – so maybe next year.

  7. Mikaela
    Sep 04, 2010 @ 03:53:40

    … I wish that Samhain would post freebies over at My bookstore and more, and not just Amazon and BN.
    I am also surprised that no one have posted about the Carina Press deals over at Kobo. ( No use doing it now, since the promotion is over)

  8. joanne
    Sep 04, 2010 @ 15:52:58

    Anyone can read anything they want to know about Jim V, his life, personal struggles, illness and professional stats online, for free. 400 grand and publishers wonder what’s going on in their biz? Silly.

    Thanks to Samhain, I love trying new-to-me authors that way.

  9. lilitu93
    Sep 05, 2010 @ 07:11:00

    I wish Samhain’s freebies would work in the UK Kindle store. We’re no longer able to use the US one now that there’s a UK one, and the current freebie isn’t free in the UK.

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