- The Thrill of it All by Christie Ridgway * $2.99 * A | K | BN | S
- The Forever Summer by Suzanne Macpherson * $1.99 * A | K | BN | S
- An Unlikely Governess by Karen Ranney * $1.99 * A | K | BN | S
- Nip, Tuck, Dead (Pauline Sokol) by Lori Avocato * $1.99 * A | K | BN | S
- I Kissed an Earl: Pennyroyal Green Series by Julie Anne Long * $1.99 * A | K | BN | S
- Murder on a Girls’ Night Out (Southern Sisters Mysteries) by Anne George * $1.99 * A | S
- For Better or Hearse (An Annabelle Archer Mystery) by Laura Durham * $1.99 * A | K | K | BN | S
- The Breakdown Lane by Jacquelyn Mitchard * $2.99 * A | K | BN | S
- Captive by Brenda Joyce * $2.99 * A | K | BN | S
- Heat of the Night (Dream Guardians) by Sylvia Day * $2.99 * A | K | BN | S
- Pleasures of the Night (Dream Guardians) by Sylvia Day * $2.99 * A | K | BN | S
- Suddenly by Barbara Delinsky * $2.99 * A | K | BN | S
- Secrets by Brenda Joyce * $2.99 * A | K | BN | S
- Beyond Scandal (Saint Georges) by Brenda Joyce * $2.99 * A | K | BN | S
- The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot * $2.99 * A | K | BN | S
- Do Not Disturb by Christie Ridgway * $2.99 * A | K | BN | S
- Innocent Fire (Bragg Saga) by Brenda Joyce * $2.99 * A | K | BN | S
- Necessary as Blood (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels) by Deborah Crombie * $2.99 * A | K | K | BN | S
- Whole Lotta Trouble (a humorous romantic mystery) by Stephanie Bond * $3.99 * A | K | BN | S
- Sex and the Single Vampire (The Dark Ones) by Katie MacAlister * $3.99 * A | K | BN | S
- Glorious Angel by Johanna Lindsey * $3.99 * A | S
- Hotter Than Wildfire: A Protector’s Novel: Delta Force (Protectors Novel: Delta Force) by Lisa Marie Rice * $3.99 * A | K | BN | S
Yesterday, I referred to City Mom blogger, Kim Strickland, at Chicago Now as a “self published author”. According to Ms. Strickland, that is libelous as she is not a self published author as her work was acquired by traditional publishers. I’m not sure how calling her “self published” is libelous. I asked for clarification but received no response. I also asked whether she thought it was misleading to attempt to chop up reviews to make it look like a publication was endorsing her work when it was not, but she said that what she thought was not important when I was being “libelous.” Therefore, allow me to correct my error from yesterday. City Mom blogger is an attempted self published author who wanked about the inability to cull quotable pieces from the Publishers’ Weekly reviews of self published books. She never self published.
Let’s recap. Ms. Strickland is unhappy that she can’t turn a bad review into a disingenuous quote making it seem that PW is actually endorsing works when it is not. She is also unhappy being referred to as a self published author, as if that is a bad thing. She is not a self published author. She thought about it, even paid money to be included in a PW issue as a self published author, but she is not one. And clearly doesn’t want to be identified as one. But she is an author who feels it is perfectly okay to obscure the truth about what review sites have to say about her book.
“Yet, it remains that Roiphe speaks loudly and carries a big pen. Her views tend to go long because they sync up with existing sexist tropes and limited, gender-biased views on sexuality. Gloria Feldt, author of the book No-Excuses, observes that “co-option is rampant on all sides of this equation. It is so damn hard to change a culture while you’re living in it. The rewards of living within the patriarchal narrative are so high and the benefits of bucking it so low for most people.”
“A word-of-mouth recommendation or warning invariably impacts upon the opinion of the recipient of the information. But it forces the storyteller to reconsider the event in detail, softening the experience. If you’re talking about a great restaurant, for instance, it will make you spot the tiny flaws you didn’t think about at the time. On the flip side, if you’re recalling a bad dining experience, it might make you more likely to give the venue the benefit of the doubt. The concept extends to your love life, too.”
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals judge said he was told by conference organisers [Fordham IP China Conference] to talk about three things: the languishing Google Books litigation he has presided over since 2005, cloud computing and his recent trip to China. Of the Google Books case, Chin said simply: “It does not seem those negotiations have gone anywhere.
- Cold Ridge by Carla Neggers * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- The Harbor by Carla Neggers * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Stonebrook Cottage by Carla Neggers * $3.29 * A | BN | K | S
- The Waterfall by Carla Neggers * $3.70 * A | BN | K | S
- The Rapids by Carla Neggers * $3.70 * A | BN | K | S
- The Cabin by Carla Neggers * $3.70 * A | BN | K | S
- The Uneven Score by Carla Neggers * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Night’s Landing by Carla Neggers * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
- The Carriage House by Carla Neggers * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
- The Groom Who (Almost) Got Away by Carla Neggers * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
I really liked this series but be warned, the first book ends in a cliffhanger and you have to read all three to get a full flavor. Plus, I really wanted more at the end of the third book.
Publishers Weekly is one of the more democratic mainstream review publications and has been reviewing romance for quite some time. PW has decided to eliminate the mass market review section and replace it with dedicated genre sections. Romance will have its very own space edited by Rose Fox, a journalist who reads and appreciates romance. This means that all romance will be reviewed together regardless of format (hardcover, trade or paper – no ebooks yet) and topic (paranormal next to historical next to inspirational next to African American etc). Along with the romance books will be question and answer sections devoted to romance genre related topics. I asked Rose a few questions about the upcoming feature:
1) What will you consider romance (ie. differentiating between UF / Paranormal, etc)
For the titles where it’s not obvious, I’ll decide case by case based on the input of the book’s publisher and my fellow editors.
2) Will you be doing category review?
I’m open to submissions of romance novels of any kind, though of course we can’t review everything. I would especially love to see more submissions from independent presses (though no self-published books, please) and more titles featuring people who aren’t straight white well-off Anglophones. I feel very strongly that the romance section should reflect the diversity of romances and romance readers. When in doubt, any publisher who wants to know whether or how to submit romance titles for review consideration is welcome to look through our submission guidelines [http://publishersweekly.com/pw/corp/submissionguidelines.html] and then email me if they still have questions.
3) Will you be having editorial features besides reviews in the romance section?
Yes, we’ll continue to feature noteworthy romance titles in our Pick of the Week and signature reviews, and noteworthy romance authors in profiles and Q&As. Romance publishers should feel free to send me pitches for any of those (no guarantees, of course).
4) Will there be these distinct sections for all genres?
In addition to our main fiction section, there’s already a mystery reviews section (edited by Peter Cannon) and an SF/fantasy/horror reviews section (edited by yours truly), and those will continue to run as they have.
5) Will this still be oriented to the trade or do you want to reach consumers who might subscribe to RT?
PW is still absolutely a trade publication, though of course anyone who wants to subscribe is welcome to!
I think this is fantastic of Publishers’ Weekly and I can’t wait to see the new and revamped magazine.
Profits are up at most publishing houses. What a difference a year makes, right? Because of bestsellers like Stieg Larsson’s series and Sarah Palin’s book, Random House and HarperCollins both saw increases in sales and revenue. Simon & Schuster, which lacks a big powerhouse hit, saw a better return given that it decreased its operating costs. Penguin has had the most success because of consistent hits like The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Charlaine Harris. Ebooks accounted for 8% of adult trade titles by the end of June.
HarperCollins is rebranding its Science Fiction/Fantasy imprint to reflect a worldwide imprint comprised of EOS and the UK/Australia/New Zealand line called Voyager. The new global imprint will be called HarperCollins Voyager. I hope that this means that HC Voyager will be buying world digital rights and releasing digital copies simultaneously in e-format.
In a disturbing update on digital media ownership, the 9th Circuit has appeared to rule that digital downloads via the iTunes store are merely licensed and not sold. This would mean that you aren’t truly in ownership of the songs and other digital media purchased through the iTunes store and at other vendors with similar contractual language.
But in reviewing a decision in a suit brought against Universal Music Group by producers affiliated with rapper Eminem, a three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held that iTunes downloads (even the DRM-free variety) are encumbered by enough restrictions that they can't be considered sales at all.
If I don’t own my digital products, then I either expect the price to drop dramatically or I will have to go back to buying paper books and converting them, by hand, into digital copies.
If you have a little time and interest in critical examination of romance, I would urge you to take a read (or two) at the discussion prompted by a blog post of Katharine Beutner. Beutner is a graduate student and author of the critically acclaimed Alcestis. According to her blog post, Beutner has taught a course on romance book narratives largely based on the traditional regency romance (I believe that is what is to be gleaned from the comments).
Beutner presents a traditional romance narrative structure based upon Janice Radway’s conclusions of what an ideal romance is beginning with the building block of “the heroine’s social identity is destroyed.” The comments contain a dizzying number of articulate replies from individuals like our own Robin (aka Janet), Jessica of ReadReactReview.com, Carolyn Jewel, Eric Selinger and Laura Vivanco from Teach Me Tonight, and author Jeannie Lin.
Two things struck me as I read this. First, the having academics who love and study romance is going to do a lot for increasing the respect given to the genre. Second, the open exchange of ideas and information that took place in that thread was remarkable. I give Beutner a lot of credit for being open minded and taking criticism of her off the cuff blog post with graciousness.
I hope if you have a moment, you’ll take the time to read it.
An author reported that Dorchester (registration required) was disinvited to the RWA Conference and would not be allowed to hold editor appointments, spotlights or workshops at the 2010 Conference taking place in two weeks. The reason for this is that Dorchester has not met contractual obligations to some authors and would not be able to fulfill the contractual obligations prior to the conference taking place. Update to add: Both Leah Hultenschmidt and Chris Keeslar will still be attending RWA in Florida.
Agents and authors have verified to RWA that Dorchester is past due in fulfilling contractual obligations to some of their authors at this time. Dorchester has confirmed and while making every effort to fulfill their financial obligations to their authors, those obligations will not be met before the conference.
Dorchester has been the subject of unpleasant rumors for a couple of years now at Absolute Write Forum. Signs of its financial illness surfaced when Dorchester sold the frontlist and backlist of its biggest names to Avon.
To be sure, Dorchester is an important part of the romance publishing fabric. It has brought us genre breaking authors like CL Wilson and Marjorie Liu. It published the first Christine Feehan book. Dorchester tried innovative lines like Shomi. Dorchester has a great stable of editors including executive editor Leah Hultenschmidt who is as passionate about romance books as you would find anywhere. Leah is also just an all around great person who I have had the pleasure of meeting a couple of times. Obviously, the financial woes aren’t editorial but management. I think that we would feel the loss of Dorchester in the romance community keenly. Let’s hope that the publishing house can right its ship.
Speaking of publishing and money, there were multiple reports yesterday that Janet Evanovich is shopping her next four books around, having fulfilled her contract with St. Martin’s Press. Evanovich reportedly wants $50 million for four books and SMP is balking. Evanovich’s last contract for her Plum books was around $10 million per book but her last contract was also negotiated by Robert Gottleib at Trident. Since then Evanovich’s son has taken over the agenting duties.
I can’t help but wonder if leaking this news is a misstep. Advances are being ratcheted down all over the place and leaking the news of the exact amount that Evanovich is looking for can be dangerous for a new house. If the new house picks her up and their top flight authors aren’t making $12.5 million per book, I would imagine that the new house would have to pacify those other top flight authors.
Further, the books are worth more to SMP because SMP has the backlist. With the movie coming out starring Katherine Heigl, interest will be renewed in the first book, not the 18th book.
AnnMarie writes about Christian Domestic Discipline romance novels which is a trope I hadn’t even known existed in romance fiction.
Nope. CDD romances don't actually describe sex. The spanking isn't erotic. It's painful.
CDD romances teach lessons.
Lessons like don't speed. Speeding is dangerous. It can result in an accident that may harm you or others. If you do speed, you will be spanked. Hard. Hard enough to require antibiotic ointment. I am not kidding you. ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT.
AnnMarie points out that the CDD lifestyle is fine if both the husband and wife are into that. Who are we to judge the personal kinks between consenting adults. The problem, AnnMarie notes, is that the books themselves are pure propaganda, promoting the CDD lifestyle in a not very romantic way.
Remember the PW report on Agency pricing where publishers were all “yay, control!” and “yay, more competitors in the marketplace”? Well, Diesel eBooks would challenge that and does in an interview with Kat Meyer at Tools of Change.
ToC: Where do you currently stand in terms of access to Big 5 titles?
KLA: We are currently selling HarperCollins and Penguin. Penguin was the first go back up on the site on May 10th (Day 40) and HarperCollins on May 13th (Day 43).
Oh, readers, I’m shaking my head here too.
Ned and I drove to Colorado last week for RomCon and it’s a 10 hour drive. Ned is an alpha male when it comes to driving and so I wasn’t allowed to touch the wheel during the entire trip there and back. (I actually don’t mind this as I hate to drive. I even hate pumping my own gas so Ned usually fills it up. Honey, my tank is low. Just FYI). So I slept. The tot watched hours of video on the iPad and Ned drove. And drove. And drove. On the way back he wanted me to download an Audible book or two. No problem.
I downloaded the books. Then I went to sync his iPhone with my iTunes and apparently you can’t sync with two computers because the one computer erases the sync with the other computer. Well, I didn’t want to lose any of Ned’s stuff on his phone and so I researched how I could possibly get these Audible files onto Ned’s iPhone. I searched cracking them (and never came up with a good solution). I searched file browsing for the iPhone. Then I realized I could add them to my new Kindle. Score! So I download the Audible Manager (and btw, we are on the road and the internet was very slow). I install all the correct software and then attach my Kindle. Except for some reason the Audible books won’t copy over to the Kindle. Argh!
I give up. When I get home I find out that Audible has released an iPhone app and it is awesome. You can download your Audible files directly to your iPhone via the app. And the App is free. Yes, I told this whole three paragraph story just to share with you the news that the Audible app for iPhone is now released.
RIAA (and hence the music industry) believes that your digital product should not play into perpetuity but rather you, the consumer, should be required to repurchase a digital product from time to time. Steven Metalitz, an attorney representing the RIAA and MPAA, during the DMCA exemption hearings asserted the argument that digital is ephemeral.
“We reject the view,” he writes in a letter to the top legal advisor at the Copyright Office, “that copyright owners and their licensees are required to provide consumers with perpetual access to creative works. No other product or service providers are held to such lofty standards. No one expects computers or other electronics devices to work properly in perpetuity, and there is no reason that any particular mode of distributing copyrighted works should be required to do so.”
According to Smart Bitches, the Sony PRS 300 with a 5 inch screen will sell for $199. That’s the cheapest e-ink Reader on the market. it will read EPUB/BBeB (Sony’s proprietary format),/PDF (secure/unsecure)/WORD/TXT/RTF. I love that it has native Word support. The Sony 600 will sell for $299 with no front light but there will still be a touchscreen and ability to add “freehand notes.” Via SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com.
Reed Business is trying to sell a number of its divisions including Publishers’ Weekly, Library Journal and School Library Journal. RBI was for sale last year but had no takers. Via Publishers’ Weekly.
Religious books are in decline with BISG numbers indicating a 10% drop in 2008 and a projected decrease in 2009 of 4%. Part of the reason might be because BISG is getting better data (suggesting, perhaps, that sales have been inaccurately projected too high), but mostly it is due to the same problems that all segments of publishing are suffering: a downturn of book purchases because of the contracting economy and lack of big books. Via Publishers Weekly.
Mike Cane breaks down a French video about the future of digital reading. The two screen, touch controlled device that is displayed in the videos and screen caps looks amazing. There is no question that the software and hardware for digital reading is in its infancy.
Dorothy Benton Frank is the latest author freakout over at Amazon. Her latest book, Return to Sullivan’s Island, is not getting very good reviews from her core audience. Review after review makes the same disappointed claim that this work isn’t living up to her previous efforts. One reviewer was adamant that DBF had not written this book, “In my humble opinion, Dorothea Benton Frank did NOT write this drivel!” and another ” There is an overabundance of dialogue, which seems to have been written by an amateur.” DBF did not get upset about these reviews, but two others.
I have been a huge fan of Ms Frank’s books for years. Her last 2 books were very mediocre. The Return To Sullivan’s Island is just plain terrible. I am sorry because I will miss the wonderful writing she used to do.
DBF used the comment feature to leave this:
Didn’t anyone ever teach you any manners? What kind of horrible person are you?
When another reader suggested that this wasn’t an appropriate author response, DBF argues that the review must be a fraud.
The second was a two star review left by a male reader whose past reviews, according to Ms. Benton Frank, pertained to science fiction, historical fiction, adventure travel with some business books thrown in for good measure. His review prompted this comment by DBF:
Mr. Pruette, your list of books that you have read and offered critiques to the public is overwelmingly comprised of science fiction with some historical fiction, adventure travel and a smattering of photography thrown into your mix….I am not in the business of pleasing my neighbors or business associates any more than you sir are in the business of understanding women’s fiction. I was just in High Point last week where I spoke to a sold out crowd of hundreds of WOMEN, not science fiction fans, who were lovely and supportive….Unless you are a professor, not only are you unqualified to judge, your manners are seriously lacking. I ought to tell your mother. Hopefully someone will.
Will the professors over at Teach Me Tonight go wild having now gotten approval from DBF to engage in mannerless and judgmental reviewing?
Authors’ Guild wants its authors to withhold ebook rights until AG is done looking into the matter, but Publishers Weekly has an article about why ebooks are here to say and how different publishers are experimenting with concepts to harness technology to boost sales.
- 80% of teens have a cellphone
- Publishers are using ebooks to seed viral campaigns that promote paper book sales
- Brand authors like Meyer’s Twilight series is getting its own iphone app that has audio and ebook samples
- Sourcebooks has released an enhanced digital picture book with Laura Duksta’s I Love You More. This is not the first of its kind as PW has forgot about Kidthing which features animated digital picture books with audio. My tot listened to Horton Hears a Who every day for a month and with a few prompts was able to recite the book in its entirety.
- Still challenges with cost, availability but book should equal content, not housing of the content.