Earnings Rise 8% at HC Despite Sales Drop – Total sales are down for HarperCollins but overall revenue is up 8% due to “higher sales of more profitable e-books and ‘ongoing operational efficiencies.'” Digital sales account for 22% of the overall revenue. Publishers Weekly
Firewood, Rice, and Fairy Tales: Ideas about Love in the US and China – I’m not sure what to make of this report of one study in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology which discusses the difference between Chinese and American love. Americans need more verbalization of feelings lest the arrangement feel like that of a roommate over a lover where as Chinese concepts of love are focused on a harmonious multi generational family unit.
Jeannie Lin has blogged in the past about whether cultural differences can impair a buy in for a less Western themed romance and happy ever after. It would be interesting to read a native Chinese romance. The ones that have come from India and published by Harlequin Mills & Boon have seemed to present recognizable Western love characteristics but that may be due to the taste of the M&B publishing teamScience of Relationships
Why All Self-Publishers Need a Good Editor – This is a good rundown on what kinds of editors there are in the business. Many authors mistake copyeditors for content editors or skip content editors altogether and use only beta readers. I don’t necessarily think it is always about cost; just that new authors don’t even know what all editing entails.
While the article speaks to the different types of editors and gives some hint as to where to find them, it doesn’t really say what to look for in a good editor. I’ve heard some horror stories from self published authors who’ve paid for editing and received error ridden manuscripts in return. One of the things that Book Country by Penguin purported to offer was a way to crowdsource the ranking of editors and other author services providers. This is really something that’s needed but I don’t think Book Country has pulled it off.Publishers Weekly
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