Stacked: Female Sexuality in YA Fiction: Exploring the Range of Experiences – Catagator discusses the need for YA books to have a more sexually empowering message. It should be noted that Catagator isn’t calling for all YA books to have sex in them or for all YA books to have one particular type of sex, but rather a variety. One area that she feels is underepresented is girls enjoying sex and pursuing it unashamedly.
From Trish Doller’s upcoming book in September which I’ve been told by Brie from Romance Around the Corner that I must read:
I’m scared and shaking so hard and he keeps asking me if I want him to stop, but I don’t want him to stop. Then he touches me with his mouth and I melt.
When his body finally moves up over mine, my cheeks are damp with tears because I never believed it could feel good or that I would like it. Right now, in this moment, the absence of shame is shaped like Alex Kosta and I don’t want to let go of this feeling.
What I think is so important in this scene is that Callie admits to her own fear, but then she is very open about how good she feels. Not just emotionally, but physically, too. Her body feels good and her body can feel good. StackedBooks
I know that some readers feel like YA books should not have such explicit sex. What do you all think?
Amazon Ends Program That Gave Authors a Buck for Each Audiobook Sold – Will Look For New Ways to Disrupt Publishing – Amazon is ending its Audible honorarium which paid authors a dollar for every audiobook sold at Audible. The program only lasted 14 months. The email sent to authors also reminded them of their ability to make their own audio books through ACX.com. It should be noted that audio rights are sometimes separately sold and often never come to fruition. So an author who sells to Avon could go through ACX and produce their own audio book.
Self pubbed authors who have used this service report that it is a big money earner. But the termination of the Audible honorarium tells us all something and that is not everything that Amazon does today will be around tomorrow. Don’t build your business plan on it for the long term. The Digital Reader
In Court: Apple Says They Have 20 Percent of US Market – About the only interesting thing that came out of the Apple testimony at the price fixing trial is that Apple claims to have 20% of the market. If B&N has 26%, that leaves only a small majority for Amazon. It could be that Apple claims 20% of the international market. It is the second most popular eBookstore in Japan. Additionally, the price matching is done manually with employees looking for prices of bestsellers at other sites which would explain why Apple doesn’t reflect discounts for lesser known titles. Publishers Lunch