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Tuesday Midday Links: Win $1,000 from Avon

Amazon is publishing four previously unpublished manuscripts through Amazon Encore.   We anticipated this move back when Amazon purchased CreateSpace.   I anticipate that these books will be distributed, in print, through third party wholesalers and receive prime advertising at Amazon.

Avon is holding a big contest for readers.   Suggest a novella idea and if yours is picked you will win $1,000.   Over at It Happened One Season, you can read all the details.   Essentially,  Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacquie D'Alessandro and Candice Hern will each write a novella based on one reader’s idea.   This is actually pretty cool.

Visit to suggest your story. It must take place during the Regency social season. And you must include three specific plot points (such as these used for the anthology It Happened One Night: (1) a couple meets at an inn 2) they had met before but not within the past ten years 3) the whole story takes place within a 24 hour period.) Submit three specific plot elements and your ideas could create the theme of the four tales in the new anthology collection, IT HAPPENED ONE SEASON. The authors choose the four finalists. The readers vote on the ultimate favorite and one lucky winner will see their dream come true. The grand prize winner will be acknowledged on the dedication page of IT HAPPENED ONE SEASON and receive a $1,000 American Express gift card and a copy signed by all 4 authors. Semi-finalists will receive $100 American Express gift cards and a set of personalized autographed books.

Borders CEO has just resigned which does not signal good things for the struggling retail chain. Ron Marshall had only been there one year.

Macmillan announced that a major source of pirated works appears to be in house copies. “We found almost no legal versions of books that had been hacked,” said Macmillan president Brian Napack. Um, Napack, I don’t think you are looking in the right places, but if you want to believe that, okay.

In any event, Macmillan will be seeking to prosecute readers who pirate and seek legislation to protect publishers better. He’s optimistic piracy can be “curbed”. Via Publishers Lunch (reg req’d).

Ursula Le Guin has a petition to object to the Google Book Settlement. The problem for Le Guin is that if you object, you remain part of the settlement. If you opt out, your objection can’t be heard. I’m not sure if I understand her position.

Teleread points to the discrepancy of treatment between publishers on Kindle. Not all of them can participate in the free promotional giveaway.

Joe Esposito looks at a Kaiser study of kids and their consumption of media, whether it is television, digital or print. Print is the big loser, by the way, with social media and television the big winners.

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. Robin
    Jan 26, 2010 @ 12:56:14

    re. Macmillan *sigh* If only they spent that much energy figuring out how to sell their books to actual readers make it easy and legal to purchase and read digital books, NY publishing might not be so deep in the crapper right now.

    As for the social media and kids study, has anyone seen the recent stories on research indicating that kids who text actually have higher literacy levels? Interesting, to say the least:

  2. Ros
    Jan 26, 2010 @ 16:56:39

    I really want to enter that contest and specify as a plot point, ‘No one has sex. At all.’ Just to see whether Stephanie Laurens can still string that many words together without her characters ripping each others clothes off.

  3. jmc
    Jan 26, 2010 @ 16:58:38

    Have you ever read Malnurtured Snay’s blog? He’s a part-time Borders employee, and he has posted about how the overall Borders situation impacts his store, which is a good performer, in terms of large policy decisions that don’t make practical sense, etc. He posted today about Marshall’s resignation.

  4. Marianne McA
    Jan 26, 2010 @ 18:13:47

    Sadly, the Avon contest is only open to people in the US. And I only read that far down the page after I’d worked out two of my three plot requirements.
    I love letters in books, and wanted to suggest the plot include a letter gone astray. If anyone is short a third plot point…

  5. DS
    Jan 26, 2010 @ 18:24:09

    @Robin: My first reaction was to glance through the article to see who funded the study.

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