RWA is coming up and even though I have been degowned (as opposed to defrocked) I am going to meet up with editors, authors, publicists, and other bloggers and readers. As part of the TBR newsletter, I’ve offered some tips on packing. I’m a big believer in carry on only but this year will be a real struggle.
I’m also meeting with various houses to find out what new titles for which we readers should be on the look out. Is there anything you want to know? Here are a list of publishing houses that agreed to meet with me:
- Carina Press
I’ll be filing daily reports of these meetings.
At the literacy signing, a number of authors are participating in the romance trading card venture. Look for the red RTC button or print out this list. I will tell you that this is a great way for a reader to break the ice with an author. I’m reluctant to go up to people I’ve never met and this is a great excuse. The Romance Trading Cards are the brain child of Jeannie Lin whose September book, The Dragon and The Pearl is about a real courtesan. Can’t wait. Take a gander at these:
The best way to find the cards is to look for the RTC buttons and stickers which authors will be displaying on their badges and on their signing table. Also check out http://www.romancetradingcards.com for a list of authors and sample cards. I’m hearing buzz about groups of authors such as the Ruby Slippered-Sisterhood (of which I’m a part) issuing special series and doing a scavenger hunt during the Literacy Signing so fans can collect all the trading cards. I know there were similar ideas being batted around in other groups.
I will be collecting a set of 4 cards to giveaway here on the blog. I have 4 sets from RT to giveaway as well. Author Meljean Brook has had art specially commissioned for these cards.
Galley Cat brings up a good concern. Publishers are bragging about how fast they are going to digital press with new books but what does that mean for the reader in terms of quality.
But is this quickness to turnaround copy realistic? Even cutting out manufacturing and distribution times, it seems awfully quick for a book to be written, edited, laid out, copyedited and formatted in just a couple of days. Is eBook publishing changing the expectations of book turnaround times?
There is a lot of chatter amongst authors about the underreporting of royalties. One publisher expert suggests that the problem extends even further, from publishers to retailers.
We are not questioning the integrity of any reseller service, we are merely pointing out that the digital ebook world is built on a lots of trust and not a lot of counter balances. Some aggregators do provide some statistics of sales online, others you wait for the sales report to tell you the facts after the event. In all cases money sits in cash flows waiting for yesterday’s financial processing to grind into action.
Obviously there are a number of problems in the existing system. One other expert in the multimedia sales arena has shared that flash reports of sales can be given daily with monthly true ups. It probably behooves authors to move away from 6 month based royalty reports to something quarterly. This will be a seismic change for traditional publishing, but probably a necessary one. As authors’ opportunities for publishing grow, publishers will have to modify their behavior to provide a more attractive service for authors, outside of the advance itself.
New York Post is now blocking access to its web page if you are using an iPad. Instead, it directs people to purchase the App. I think this is a terrible idea but what do I know? How this is done is by the website recognizing what browser you are using. The browser you use has a footprint based upon the size of the webpage it reads and the operating system.
Overdrive has been the sole digital book vendor to libraries for a long time, but competition is heating up causing Overdrive to become more aggressive in its offerings. Yay for us.
To meet both demand and respond to librarians concerns, OverDrive said it will introduce a series of new features that eliminate the need for librarians and readers to deal with various e-book file formats, allow multiple patrons to simultaneously check out the same title, and add thousands of new e-books and audiobooks. It will also provide support for Kindle Library Lending, and add an opt-in feature that let patrons recommend desired titles to their libraries.
In the Kindle and other etailer stores, readers will be seeing a whole slew of Harlequin category titles. Harlequin has a goal of digitizing over 10,000 books in 2011 and books from the 1990s and earlier will be designated as “Harlequin Treasury” titles, in part to make readers aware that these may not have the most modern of sensibilities within the covers. I keep asking for Charlotte Lamb books. Someday.