The ending cover was an Edgar Rice Burroughs book titled “The Beasts of Tarzan” but I totally read it as “The Breasts of Tarzan.” Huffington Post
Racine man banned from ‘all libraries on the face of the earth’ – So apparently some guy was caught fapping in the library (not even trying to hide it)! His punishment: “His signature bond was set at $1,000. Court records say as a condition of his bond, he was told to “stay out of all the libraries on the face of the earth.”” All the libraries. LOL! h/t TuphlosJS Online
On Two Boys Kissing – Malinda Lo talks about the book “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan fall 2013 release. The cover has received some fair amount of criticism because it is two white gay boys and they are the ones getting the majority of buzz. What about the lesbians and the homosexual people of color? (This is a major criticism of the DABWAHA category LGBT because it so rarely features anything other than gay white partnering).
Lo says that Levithan’s work is paving the way for more LGBT characters in mainstream fiction. The door might open with gay white boys but behind them will be the lesbians and the transgender kids as well.
Berkley and Avon will be publishing m/m romances, one from Karina Cooper and another from ZA Maxfield. The late March release by JR Ward “Lover At Last” will feature a gay romance between two longstanding characters.
Is this parenthetical inclusion or one step forward? Malinda Lo
My Amazon bestseller made me nothing – There have been a couple of articles (the one in the title and this one) of late talking about the low level of sales necessary to make the Amazon bestseller list. The problem is that neither article definitely clarifies an important data point.
The Amazon bestseller list that is being scrutinized is the print side. On the print side, it looks like you may only need to sell about 8,000 copies to get the on the list. On the digital side, the number is higher by a factor of at least two, if not five or six, according to numbers I’ve been told by indie authors.
There are two reasons this data point is significant. It either means that print book sales are more depressed than anyone wants to report or it means that Amazon’s market share for print books is much less. But it’s not a significant data point to indicate that it doesn’t take much to get on the Amazon print bestseller list. Salon.com
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