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Wednesday News: New Adult category at Publishers Marketplace causes unrest; More problems with Noble Romance

Wednesday News: New Adult category at Publishers Marketplace causes unrest; More...

Publishers Marketplace New Adult

It’s not enough that you say you don’t want to read this crap. No, people take it a step further and say, “who would want to read this crap.” It is doubly disappointing to see this coming from romance readers who are the brunt of so many literary putdowns. There is no question that when a popular subgenre rises up it can seem like it is displacing other books in the market.

I would argue that what you are seeing, however, is an influx in new readers brought to romance by 50 Shades. Yes, I know 50 Shades is viewed as an anathema to many traditional romance readers, but reading several goodreads reviews, 50 Shades brought people back to reading and specifically reading romance.

 Everything is cyclical. A few years ago, the straight contemporary was very hard to find.  Sarah Wendell and I started a campaign to get more people read that sub genre because it was one that we loved.  Right now, the hot new thing might be New Adult but in a few years it could be something else. 

Also adding New Adult as a category is All Romance eBooks.

CBS has threatened to sue Aereo again as it opens a market into Boston. The benefit of the Aereo content is that you can a) watch it anywhere you want on any device you want and b) it works as a DVR. You can record stuff, fast forward through commercials (which is what is really pissing off the television stations).  Verge

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Monday News: Beloved middle grade author passes; Author frustrated with Noble...

How it works Each year, 30 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers. After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. World Book Night U.S. vets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations. Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night. On April 23rd, they give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or access.

On February 7, when Serenity’s Dream still hadn’t been put up on All Romance Ebooks, I wrote to Mr. Gombart.

I wondered when you will be getting Serenity up on All Romance ebooks. I see it isn’t there and a good share of my sales have come from there, behind Amazon of course. My tour officially starts on Sunday and I’d like to have the link should people wish to shop there.
Hope all is well,
Thank you in advance,
Brita

On February 7, I received this reply:

I basically do not work with them, them represent 0.9% of our overall sales.
I may do it for you in the next future but I have other emergencies.
I hope you understand the logic behind that.
Jean Marc Philippe Gombart
CEO
Noble Romance Publishing

There was a great deal of back and forth, me explaining my side and him his. Ultimately, later that day, I received this:

This is pointless to do promotion that cost us more than the revenue it may generate.
I will upload later you book on ARe because you ask for it but you must understand that based on performance, they are not my priority.
Best Regards,

Jean Marc Philippe Gombart
CEO
Noble Romance Publishing