Wednesday Midday Links: Dear Author Community Bundle
Remember when Harlequin wanted another bundle and we got the Dear Author community to contribute suggestions and then vote on those suggestions? Well, the speed of digital publishing is superluminal these days and the bundle is ready for sale. You can buy the bundle right now at eHarlequin site for $14.40 or wait until July 1 and buy it from Amazon for the Kindle at $9.99. There are quite a few other bundles for sale including Blogger Bundle Volume VIII: SBTB’s Harlequins That Hooked You which contains Jennifer Crusie’s Anyone But You (love that book!) and Blogger Bundle Volume VII: America’s Bravest by Super Librarian which is comprised of a number of Harlequin Superromances, a line that is fast becoming a favorite.
At the $9.99 price, each book runs about $2.50. Sweet.
Publishers Marketplace explained why there was a drop (paid link) in sales growth for ebooks in April.
The AAP tracks publishers’ receipts, or wholesale sales. In April, five of the largest publishers dropped their ebook prices across the board, and anyone else selling directly to Apple was getting a lower average wholesale price on at least a portion of their list. So you can see how the market could grow with the launch of the iBookstore, but the AAP numbers could decline.
If you recall, one publisher said that they would have to sell 20-30% more in volume to make up the loss they will suffer from agency pricing. Before April, publishers would sell to retailers at a list price (usually the same as the print book) at some discount (like 50%). From there, retailers would decide on the best price for the customer. Retailers, like Amazon, settled on $9.99 for many hardcovers and trades and lower for mass markets and incurred whatever loss that represented. Now publishers are getting 70% through agency pricing, but 70% off a much lower number. If PM’s assessment is accurate, it means that publishers aren’t making up in volume of sales because the overall publishers’ receipts are down.
If you bought the Nook or Kindle for Father’s Day and are seething about the price drop, seethe no more. The Wall Street Journal reports that you can call and ask for a refund of the difference.
Barnes and Noble is selling a number of older comics and graphic novels for an insanely low price.
Another good deal is from EA Sports. The company is selling its iPhone games for $.99 like Need for Speed shift, Trivial Pursuit, SimCity, Command & Conquer, etc. Sale ends today. I bought eight games and wondered how many books I would buy if a publisher had a $1 digital book sale. A lot.
There have been a whole slew of contemporary romances being sold according to Publishers Marketplace. In the past two months, the following sales have been reported:
Addison Fox, a paranormal author, sold to NAL a series set in a small town Alaska where matching making matriarchs host games that pair the town’s bachelors (and their grandsons) with women from the Lower 48.
Starr Ambrose sold another small town (set in Colorado) contemporary between a hometown girl and a visiting celeb to Pocket.
Sherrill Bodine sold another book in her O’Flynn series to Grand Central. I read the first in the series and found it to be bland and kind of old fashioned.
Jill Shalvis is writing three new books for Berkley and three new book for Grand Central, all contemporary.
Molly O’Keefe, a Harlequin Superromance author, is going mass market with a contemporary featuring a hockey player on the cusp of retirement. This book will be published by Bantam Dell.
And in digging through the deals at PM, I found this gem:
Pamela Clare’s CONNOR’S STORY, in which the son of exiled Scottish rebels who was coerced into fighting with the English against the French travels with a Mohican war chief to a Shawnee village to negotiate for peace only to find a white woman being forced to run the gauntlet and marry an Indian after her family has been slain and discovers that he is her only hope of rescue, to Cindy Hwang at Berkley, by Natasha Kern at Natasha Kern Literary Agency (world).
I think I hear a chorus of “FINALLY!”.
Daily Mail has a long essay by P.C. Cast and her three failed marriages and her new found love with a true Scottish warrior. I hope I age as well as Cast. She looks gorgeous in those photos. Maybe it’s love!
I suppose my admiration must have been obvious, because our driver’s wife sidled up to me and said: ‘Och, it’s so sad that such a good man has nae a woman to care for him.’
Goodness, I could have hugged her! ‘You mean he’s not married?’ I smiled. ‘Och, not at all, not at all,’ she lamented. I felt my smile get wider and wider.
It turned out that although he had been in one long-term relationship and has an 18-year-old daughter, he had been single for some time.
Instantly, my attitude transformed. I dropped the mask of reticence and resolved to make it absolutely obvious to Seoras that I was smitten.
Speaking of men, romance, and Mills and Boon, actor Imran Khan is promoting Mills and Boon books in India to promote a movie called I Hate Luv Stories.
Karan Johar, producer of the film confirmed the news: "Yes, we do have an exclusive association with Mills & Boon. They are coming up with an IHLS special edition, which is a compilation of all the classics. They felt a strong synergy between the theme of our film and a classic Mills & Boon romance," he told Mumbai Mirror.
The tie-up will produce a series of eight books which will feature the story of Imran's character from the film who doesn't believe in love. The book will also have the cover of I Hate Luv Storys.