A reader emailed me this morning to apprise me of a feud which erupted between Laurell K Hamilton fans and PC Cast fans taking place primarily on the two facebook profiles of the authors. Apparently in Awakened, a YA book by PC Cast, one character makes a dig Anita Blake and Laurell K Hamilton:
Im pissed! Just finished P.C Casts Awakeing house of night series one that i liked untill this book on pg 203 when they not only diss Anita but also diss Miss Hamillton. "whos anita blake?" stevie rae askes "vampire killer chick written by a human chick who has a Totally Tragic fashion sense" Pissed me OFf
and LKH responded with:
Thanks everyone who told me that I get slammed in the P. C. Cast book. I would never have known since I don’t read them. Apparently, they do read me, so thanks for that. The duo who are P. C. Cast are quite mainstream in their fashion sense. Not surprised they don’t like mine. I would never, ever criticize another writ…er in my own books, let alone their personal appearance. When did being nice go out of fashion?
Fans of LKH went over to the PC Cast facebook page and started hurling insults, enough so that LKH felt compelled to post this:
Thanks to everyone who defended my honor with the slightly snarky mention of me in the P. C. Cast book, but guys, my point was – be nice. In your zeal to defend me, some of you have been mean & said far worse things to, & about the duo that writes as P.C.Cast. Please, don’t. No one else’s bad behavior gives you the ri…ght to behave badly, too. You can disagree, but mean makes everyone stop listening to your point.
I think this is the first author kerfluffle of 2011. LKH is no angel. She’s slung quite a bit of crap on her own blog at other writers. She opens herself up to criticism of a personal kind by inserting herself and her sexual experiences into her books. She is encouraging her readers to defend her. That said, do you think PC Cast went over the line by insulting LKH personally in the book? Or is this all in good fun?
The Kindle for iPhone App was upgraded yesterday to allow sideloading of ebooks (mobi worked for me) via the iTunes program (detailed here) or by simply emailing yourself the file and using the “Open in” feature. Kindle has also released an App for Windows Mobile.
A literary agent from a prestigious agenting firm has opened her own self publishing, author services house. Leila Dewji, age 27, left Sheil Land Associates (who represents authors like Diane Setterfield), to form Acorn Independent Press Ltd. with her brother. From the description, it sounds more like a vanity or subsidiary publishing firm rather than a self publishing firm. Or what Thomas Nelson and Harlequin offer through Author House.
Acorn Independent Press Ltd. offers premium self-publishing services for authors who want to launch in a big way; with fantastic editorial, design and production services as well as sales and marketing services to get books reviewed and stocked. Acorn produce beautiful books and e-books which they put in to international wholesale and distribution channels to reach readers all over the world.
This follows Curtis Brown Agency launching a writing school. I suspect we will see more and more agents offering publishing services. Publishing organizations will continue to struggle with defining the term “published author.”
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced its selection for the 2011 Reading List.
The Reading List annually recognizes the best books in eight genres: adrenaline (including suspense, thriller and adventure), fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction and women's fiction. This year's list includes novels that will please die-hard fans as well as introduce new readers to the pleasures of genre fiction.
"A Matter of Class" by Mary Balogh, Vanguard Press (9781593155544)
A lady is ruined. A merchant's son is trapped. Class differences loom large in this charming and playful take on the arranged marriage. Balogh's Regency gem, where nothing is quite as it seems, is filled with affection and wit.
"Faro's Daughter" by Georgette Heyer
"In for a Penny" by Rose Lerner
"The Viscount Who Loved Me" by Julia Quinn
"Barely a Lady" by Eileen Dreyer, Hachette (Forever) (9780446542081)
"The Forbidden Rose" by Joanna Bourne, Berkley (9780425235614
"The Iron Duke" by Meljean Brook, Berkley (9780425236673)
"Something About You" by Julie James, Berkley Sensation (9780425233382)
According to YoungLibrarian, the short list are the runners up and the “read alikes” is a list of books that are similar to the winning book.
A teen blogger writes about her interest in an upcoming new line from St. Martin’s Press that is targeted at older teens and actual young adults. (YA line is targeted to 12 years and older or 9th grade and up).
I’m sixteen, in case you’re wondering.
That doesn’t stop me from wanting to read about characters older than 18. I’d sure as heck love to go into the Young Adult section and pick up a book about a college freshman adjusting to their new life of freedom, stumbling around a huge campus, fighting with their roomate, and groaning about cafeteria food and being a poor student. I’d sure as heck love to read a book about a protagonist that sets off on an adventure after they graduate from high school, or who’s just taken up training as a cop or joined the army or taken a job you can’t do while still in school. I’d love it to bits if anyone wrote a book about a college junior’s experience as a study abroad student.
St. Martin’s new line is called “New Adult” and is described thusly:
“…[n]ew, cutting edge fiction with protagonists who are slightly older than YA and can appeal to an adult audience. Since twenty-somethings are devouring YA, St. Martin's Press is seeking fiction similar to YA that can be published and marketed as adult-‘a sort of an "older YA" or "new adult."
Publishers Weekly reports that publishers saw huge increases in ebooks sales over the holidays.
imon & Schuster reported a 150% jump in e-book sales for this holiday over the same period last year. Random House reported an impressive 300% leap, and Kensington said its e-book sales for this holiday season climbed a whopping 400% over 2009. Here is a compilation of publishers’ top five bestselling e-books (in descending order) for December 25 and 26.
The top selling title for Kensington was His Conquest by Diana Cosby. At $3.79, I’m going to have to buy it myself.