Publishers Marketplace: The Latest Deals – Publishers Marketplace quietly added a new category to its Deals listing: New Adult. The change did not go unnoticed and some people (agents in some cases I guess) reacted very unhappily, not unlike some readers here at Dear Author. Apparently New Adult must have killed someone’s parents (historical mama and papa maybe?) because the vitriol toward NA seems unprecedented.
It’s not enough that you say you don’t want to read this crap. No, people take it a step further and say, “who would want to read this crap.” It is doubly disappointing to see this coming from romance readers who are the brunt of so many literary putdowns. There is no question that when a popular subgenre rises up it can seem like it is displacing other books in the market.
I would argue that what you are seeing, however, is an influx in new readers brought to romance by 50 Shades. Yes, I know 50 Shades is viewed as an anathema to many traditional romance readers, but reading several goodreads reviews, 50 Shades brought people back to reading and specifically reading romance.
Everything is cyclical. A few years ago, the straight contemporary was very hard to find. Sarah Wendell and I started a campaign to get more people read that sub genre because it was one that we loved. Right now, the hot new thing might be New Adult but in a few years it could be something else.
Also adding New Adult as a category is All Romance eBooks.
9 Incredible Objects That Prove 3D Printers Are Totally Worth it – I think you all know by now that I have a lady boner for 3D printing. There was an Expo for 3D printed objects in NYC the other day. I am completely freaked out by the faces, intrigued by the shoes (although I would never wear those, but come on, the ability to print shoes in my house? Yeah), and entertained by the wine bottle opener. Maybe some day I’ll start a blog about crafting with 3D printing. Gizmodo
CBS threatens to sue Aereo again, this time in Boston – Aereo sells tiny antennaes to the public which captures a free public broadcast like NBC, CBS, or the like and rebroadcasts them to Aereo subscribers. The major networks sued them and the preliminary injunction was denied on the grounds that Aereo isn’t infringing on copyright by rebroadcasting public broadcasts. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the denial of the preliminary injunction. Fox has threatened to leave the public airways if Aereo continues.
CBS has threatened to sue Aereo again as it opens a market into Boston. The benefit of the Aereo content is that you can a) watch it anywhere you want on any device you want and b) it works as a DVR. You can record stuff, fast forward through commercials (which is what is really pissing off the television stations). Verge
PROBLEMS WITH NOBLE ROMANCE – Another author brings a public complaint against Noble Romance. HC Brown itemizes a list of 10 different grievances she characterizes as breaches of contract including failure to correctly pay royalties, failing to register a book’s copyright, and others. The CEO has promised to look into things at the end of February but two months later, Brown appears to have no response. H C Brown Author of Sizzling Romance
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