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Wednesday News: Ways to Contribute to DA

There are a couple of ways that you can contribute to DA.  We will also be developing a reader interview questionnaire. I would love some help on developing that interview sheet.  (Note that these links will always be in the sidebar)

  1. Write a guest review. From time to time, we post guest reviews of books that people have loved or hated. Submit your guest review here.
  2. If you are an unpublished author, you can submit a first page post.  These are posted on Saturday AM.
  3. If you are a debut print author, you can fill out this questionnaire here.  These post on Wednesdays at 10 AM so long as we have the content.  We are taking late 2011 publications and forward.
  4. If you are a reader, recommend a mini excerpt from an author. Submit your recommendation here.  These recommendations will be posted on Saturday at noon with the excerpt provided by the author.  We’ll be posting one of these on Saturday.  The idea behind this is that we will be helping readers discover new books.

If you have other ideas on contributing, email jane @

Corporations don’t actually need SOPA or PIPA, two internet bills that were killed by Congress after an enormous outcry by the public. The bills allowed individuals and corporations to shut down internet sites based on unverified complaints of infringement and piracy. But according to Demand Progress, SOPA and PIPA are taking place without bills but with the cooperation of ISPs.

The details are fuzzy, but the head of the Recording Industry Association of America’s bragged this week that ISPs will start policing copyright by July of this year. Here’s RT’s take:

Some of the biggest Internet service providers in America plan to adopt policies that will punish customers for copyright infringement, and one of the top trade groups in the music biz announced this week that it could begin as soon as this summer….

RIAA CEO Cary Sherman was one of the guest speakers among a New York panel this week and he confirmed that, at this rate, some of the most powerful Internet providers in America should have their new policies on the books by July 12, 2012.

I can’t wait until Disney gets Etsy and Ebay taken down for the unauthorized sale of unlicensed goods.

The majority of the buyers of the nook are women between the ages of 25 and 40.

She noted that at the moment “over 70 percent” of buyers of the Nook tablet are women aged between 25 and 45. They live within 15 minutes of a B&N store and often have kids. “When you go in, you can see kids running around loose in the store,” she said, adding that the stores have special, short tables for those little ones to try out apps.

Still, nook sales are lagging behind accounting for 3.5% of the tablet market as compared to the 16.8% owned by Kindle Fire and nearly 60% occupied by the iPad. Frankly I am surprised that the iPad isn’t 80%.

There is not much other news in publishing these days other than THAT book so we’ll just close for the day. Cheers

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. Angela
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 10:41:04

    Thanks for the information on how to contribute! I knew about some of these, but not others. What kind of reader interview are you thinking of developing? I wouldn’t want to come up with the questions by myself, but I’d be interested in working with someone to brainstorm it (or multiple someones).

  2. Jane
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 10:43:42

    @Angela: Maili used to do these reader interviews and it was about when the reader started reading romance. A little bio background (or as much as the reader wanted to share). Maybe a favorite reading memory. Favorite genre / fave books in the genre. That sort of thing. Highlighting the readers in our community and connecting with them.

  3. Cara
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 11:00:03

    I’m one of that 70% of Nook buyers.
    I still prefer the hardware over the Kindle, and sadly, Sony was out of my budget at the time. However, I’ll be really surprised if B&N is around by 2014. Their support is shite, their development is shite, and they just seem like a slow, technologically-challenged older uncle in the business of ebooks. :/ At least there’s Calibre, and I make certain not to purchase my books from them unless I can’t get them anywhere else or they’re free. I dl everything, strip it, and back it up externally, so that my next device will still read everything I have bought.

  4. Carolyn
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 11:27:44

    I’m so glad to see the ‘related posts’ links back.

    I could spend a whole day (and have!) at Dear Author following links. :-)

  5. Renda
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 11:45:11

    This may be crass, and I apologize in advance.

    The only other site I visit as much as this is a site that discusses video workouts as much as we discuss books here. There have been lots of traffic issues lately and a “fund drive” was started to help the site owners. All this fund drive consisted of was asking people to become supporters. Granted, that is a different type format, more of a forum with threads started by forum members, etc., whether they are supporters or not.
    Support thresholds start as low as $10.

    When I saw the title of this post, I thought, Oh, yay, I can send them some support money since I have nothing to advertise and couldn’t afford the ad rates just to say how happy I am to have this community.

    So the crass question is, do you have the means to accept reader monetary contributions? I buy through your links, but the amount I spend is hardly enough to buy a stamp.

  6. library addict
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 12:14:11

    What about in addition to the reader’s favorites, a question like “What author have you given up on and why?”

    For the mini-excerpts is any romance book okay or do you want the less “popular” authors and/or books not yet reviewed here at DA?

  7. Jane
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 12:16:48

    @Renda: I appreciate the thought but we get the advertising so you don’t have to contribute in a monetary fashion. Just being a reader here helps justify the ads. Thank you, though.

    @library addict: I am open to anything right now. You are talking the recommended reads where we post the mini recommendation with the excerpt? I guess I would prefer authors we haven’t covered because the whole idea is to provide readers with an opportunity to read an excerpt of a book that they might not be familiar with. That said, Angie James filled one out and it was for Magic Bites. I’ll be publishing that on Saturday.

  8. MaryK
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 12:19:00

    I have an android tablet and while I like the tablet aspect, I find the android part frustrating. It’s just not as easy to use as my iThings. And the tablet itself is not a replacement for my laptop; it’s just for fun stuff. So though I’d love to have an iPad, I can’t justify the expense.

    I’ve wanted to try writing reviews for ages but never get around to it. I’m basically kind of scared to broadcast my opinion of a book. What if I make it sound better than it is or what if I don’t do it justice? LOL You reviewer people are brave!

  9. joanneL
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 12:38:44

    The unfortunately uncoordinated happy dance I’m doing right now is because you didn’t mention THAT book. Bless you and your children and your children’s children and well, thank you.

  10. Ros
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 12:46:09

    WHAT book?

    *looks round innocently*

  11. Lada
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 13:13:32

    I’d be curious to know how reader’s taste might have changed over time (i.e. if they used to love one subgenre but now rarely read that compared to another). And what that change might be related to (like burnout on a favorite author or hype about a certain book).

    I’d also like to know how they most often choose which books/authors to try/buy. Is it the blurb or cover, friend rec, Amazon/Goodread reviews or buzz on sites like DA? (Not limited to those options, of course.)

  12. HollyY
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 13:33:31

    I have a Nook Color right now and use it a lot. But if I get a tax refund this year (fingers crossed really hard) I want to buy an iPad. I love my iPhone a LOT. So that’s where I want to go – and add to Apple’s market share.

  13. LG
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 13:52:01

    I’ll probably be getting a tablet in the next few weeks or months. I’d rather not have the smaller screen of the Kindle Fire or Nook tablet, and I don’t want an iPad, so I’ll have to do some review reading.

  14. De
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 14:54:02


    I LOVE my Toshiba Thrive. It’s the 10 inch 16G version with full size ports. I can plug in a flash drive, or pull the sd card out of my camera and plug it into the tablet. (It also reads the newer SD cards, the ones that are up to 64GB or is it 128GB? Anyway, it’ll take the really big SD cards.) It has full size hdmi out, I plugged my tablet into a tv the other day and watched a movie off netflix.

    I have a coworker with a Asus Transformer Prime, and she loves it. It doesn’t have to the full size ports on it, but it has USB at least in the keyboard dock along with extra battery.

  15. Darlynne
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 15:17:04

    @joanneL: :)

  16. DS
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 15:32:18

    @LG: I have noticed that isn’t not the size of the screen so much as the resolution. I have a 10.5 inch Android Viewsonic tablet but due to screen issues I prefer to use my Fire for video. So whatever you choose be sure to try to get some hands on experience with it.

  17. MaryK
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 15:37:59

    The Iron Witch is .99 at Amazon.

  18. MaryK
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 15:39:45

  19. becca
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 16:14:45

    I would love reviews of indy books. I’d be happy to support indy romance authors, but I don’t have the time or energy to winnow through the Giant Slush Pile in the Sky (that is, Amazon).

  20. MrsJoseph
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 16:07:03

    This RIAA this is very disturbing! I can’t imagine how it’s not a privacy problem.

  21. LG
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 13:50:23

    @De: @DS: Thanks for the info! So far, all I’ve gotten to personally try are tablets I already know I’m not going to buy (Kindle Fire, iPad), but I at least knew from the iPad I tried that, for some of the things I’d like to do (like drawing or watching subtitled video), the iPad seemed more comfortable. I definitely want to try more tablets out, but first I have to figure out the closest places that will let me do that. I think my local Walmart only has the iPad, Fire, and maybe Nook tablet on display. A friend of mine is really trying to get me to buy a tablet though (so she can feel less guilty about having bought one for herself, lol), so she should be more than willing to help me look around. :)

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