Wednesday Mid Afternoon Links
- HarperCollins reorganized and announced some layoffs. First, the Collins imprint lavishly launched just three months ago got the ax. The entire imprint is being swallowed into HarperCollins with the president and publisher being let go. Bowen Press, YA imprint started in 2007 and set to launch this spring, is also shuttered. All Bowen titles will be released under the HarperCollins Children or HarperTeen imprint. Brenda Bowen, the president and founder, left after the reorg. Among the personnel changes, Lisa Gallagher, senior v-p, and publisher of William Morrow, left and Liate Stehlik, the Avon publisher, was promoted to be Publisher of William Morrow/Eos/Avon. Other layoffs occurred but were not announced including publicity department and editorial changes. One big name YA author, Sarah Prineas, announced that her spring tour and the tours of most authors were being cancelled.
- The O’Reilly Tools of Change conference took place the past two days. I followed it on Twitter and was fascinated. There is definitely some stuff I agree with and some I don’t. I know of one author who is way ahead of the curve and is doing or will be doing many of the suggestions that were brought up during the conference. More conference recap with video here and here. SB Sarah, Kassia Kroszer, Malle Vallik, and Angela James gave a presentation on readers and the ebook market.
- Shepherd Fairey is suing the AP for a declaratory judgment as to whether his iconic “HOPE” poster of Obama is fair use. Fairey used an AP photograph as the basis of the poster and while he has not earned any money off of it, many vendors have. AP threatened to sue Fairey twice before Fairey took pre-emptive action. This will be a fascinating suit given that Fairey used the entirety of the photograph but transformed it.
- The winners of the RNA awards were announced yesterday. Julia Gregson won Romantic Novel of the Year for East of the Sun and India Grey won the Romance Prize for Mistress: Hired for the Billionaire’s Pleasure (in ebook format too).