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Welcome to the New World of Publishing

I’ve been watching the digital space ever since I started this blog.   We were early advocates of digital publishing because it provided convenience but more importantly an avenue for under recognized authors to seek new audiences.   In the past year, digital growth has accelerated at a rapid pace and is set to be at least 30 if not 50% of the market by the end of 2012.   The new publishing frontier is digital.

I’m excited to say that Sarah Wendell and I are using our co venture, The TBR, to present a brand new opportunity in this digital space.   It will be a way for us to bring to you readers books that you will love.   Yes, some may seem familiar to you, but that is purposeful.   Our goal is to discover fiction that you want to read and acquire it and present it to you in the best possible form and format.   It may be that not everyone   agrees with our methods but those people (we affectionately term them h8rs) are burdened by old legacies.   The new digital frontier is about acquisition and possession.

And we bring both to you.   I hope you will join us in embracing the new synergy of tomorrow:   The TBR Press, acquiring new books everyday.

Don’t forget, in your haste to rush over to a) submit or b) purchase, that we have our Friday Film Review as well as our Recommended Reads for April and our book reviews.

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. Kati
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 08:08:58

    Well played ladies. Well played.

  2. Tina
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 08:22:56

    Somebody needs to write Lumberjack by Moonlight for reelz!

  3. LG
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 08:26:07

    Lol, I just remembered what day it was.

  4. Jia
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 08:55:37

    The info page for Brian Keene’s book made me snort into my morning tea.

  5. Courtney Milan
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 09:23:02

    I just want to say how excited I am about this! One of the things that convinced me is the DRM that Sarah and Jane promised. You all know that the regular DRM that most publishers use is easy to break, and that causes piracy.

    But Sarah and Jane have a new form of DRM. It’s so good, readers can’t even get through it to read the book.

    Seriously, I can’t thank you guys enough!

  6. Isobel Carr
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 09:27:32

    I'm a lumberjack and I'm ok, I sleep all night and I work all day . . . Thank you! I needed this today!!!

  7. Meg Maguire
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 09:32:50

    Tina-‘I WILL be writing Lumberjack By Moonlight! No fooling. As part of my personal campaign to make lumberjacks the new shape-shifters, I’ll be running a contest later this year, inviting readers to submit a concept / plot summary for it, based only on the title and cover. It may only end up being novella-length, but look for it someplace in 2012!


  8. ms bookjunkie
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 09:33:01

    I foresee many, many headaches trying to read Courtney Milan’s Underhanded.

  9. Miss_Thing
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 10:13:00

    This made me laugh so hard I inhaled coffee and made my coworker run into my office to see if I needed the Heimlich maneuver. So much for discretion! I heart you guys :-)

  10. Lynn S.
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 10:56:55

    April Fools Fridays are the bestest.

    Make lumberjacks the new firemen and I’m all over it. I work across from the fire station and, after five years, it’s just more of the same. Does the $200.00 price tag include your own personal lumberjack or at least some good sweaty flannel? And flannel jackets are so going to be the new hoodie. Smart investors will get in on the front end of this trend.

    I adore Courtney Milan but can’t quite swing that price tag. The sheer versatility of the comforter that converts into a dress almost hooked me, but then I remembered that the taxman cometh and no sale.

  11. sue
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 12:15:43

    April Fools – this one rocks! Great job.

  12. Annabel
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 14:03:22

    oh my gawd, the “Author Terms” page. BWAHhahahahahaha.

  13. Tina
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 14:17:43

    @Meg Maguire:

    Oh man, I’d totally read it. Loved lumberjack Patrick in Ruin Me.

  14. Estara
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 14:27:23

    Oh LOVELY! I’m a die-hard Mick Brooks fan. Dork Power forever!

  15. Cassie Corcoran
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 14:29:05

    This was the best. I join in with the lumberjack lust. Well done, ladies. Well done.

  16. Joanne
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 14:34:32

    @Courtney Milan:

    But Sarah and Jane have a new form of DRM. It's so good, readers can't even get through it to read the book.

    I wish that the New Form of DRM had been used on two of the new books I just read.

    And well played ladies!

  17. Danielle D
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 14:57:37

    Good One!

  18. emmad
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 15:21:05

    This really threw me for a bit as it was April Fools day for us yesterday. :)

  19. Jenn LeBlanc
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 19:06:22

    well played ladies.

  20. Deb Kinnard
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 19:54:04

    I propose we pair LUMBERJACK with my almost written Amish/ancient Greek paranormal crossover romance, SNAKES IN A BONNET. It’ll sell gajillions.

  21. Angela
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 20:22:28

    I was loving this today!

  22. Elaine Golden
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 21:20:03


    I luv April Fools Day on the interwebs. Well done!

  23. Lynn S.
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 22:19:08

    @Deb Kinnard: Did you ever consider Ancient Egypt? Then it could be Asps in a Bonnet.

  24. JessP
    Apr 02, 2011 @ 14:34:54

    Thank you so much for taking the time to do it up right, especially in the middle of DABWAHA Madness. Thanks to the co-conspirators, contributors, and collaborators as well.

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