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Monday News: Harlequin to publish Laverne Cox’s memoir; HarperCollins’s adventure with big data; Amazon starts Christian imprint; Judges needed for Readers Choice Award; and great costumes from Game of Thrones

Monday News: Harlequin to publish Laverne Cox’s memoir; HarperCollins’s adventure with...

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“Cox said in a statement, ‘By sharing my full, unvarnished story, including details of my life and family history I have never before revealed, I hope to provide a voice and safe place for those who have suffered because of their race, class, gender, abuse, violence and trauma.’” BET

“Digital changes our ability to acquire more data, which is good and bad. The good side is it gives us the opportunity to look at things that we do and also what we acquire in a different way. The bad thing is that the risk is you have too much noise and you need to make sure you’re identifying exactly what you’re looking for rather than being swamped by data.” Fast Company

“Amazon Publishing announced the launch of a Christian imprint that will specialize in faith-based nonfiction and fiction. Titles from the new imprint, Waterfall Press, will be published by Brilliance Publishing, a division of Amazon. The first title from the press, The Four Best Places to Live by Mark Buchanan, will release next month.” Publishers Weekly

“Entries will be judged in two rounds: first round and final round. Judges will receive and may read the complete book, but for contest purposes, we ask that you fill out the score sheet after reading the first thirty pages and before finishing the book. Judges will receive books in PDF format. Please make sure you can accept and read PDFs on your devices.” North Texas RWA

Tuesday News: HC enjoys increase of revenue due to digital books; Cultural differences lead to varying meanings of love; Amazon to deliver on Sundays

Tuesday News: HC enjoys increase of revenue due to digital books;...

Jeannie Lin has blogged in the past about whether cultural differences can impair a buy in for a less Western themed romance and happy ever after. It would be interesting to read a native Chinese romance. The ones that have come from India and published by Harlequin Mills & Boon have seemed to present recognizable Western love characteristics but that may be due to the taste of the M&B publishing team Science of Relationships

While the article speaks to the different types of editors and gives some hint as to where to find them, it doesn’t really say what to look for in a good editor. I’ve heard some horror stories from self published authors who’ve paid for editing and received error ridden manuscripts in return. One of the things that Book Country by Penguin purported to offer was a way to crowdsource the ranking of editors and other author services providers. This is really something that’s needed but I don’t think Book Country has pulled it off. Publishers Weekly