Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of bluster in the YA community over what reviews “should be” and how they should be written and defined and what they should and should not contain. It’s a conversation that… more
The following are my bold and not so bold predictions for publishing in 2012. My boldest prediction will be that Amazon will buy Goodreads in 2012. The most unlikely to happen prediction is Number 10. What are your predictions… more
Here is my list of things I learned from RWA 2011: Harlequin and Sourcebooks are really interested in what the reader has to say in all areas of the publishing process from the cover, titles, and content to how the… more
In the movie Avatar (which I’ve watched, unfortunately, about 7 times now because my daughter is addicted to it), there is a phenomenon called the Flux Vortex. The Flux Vortex affects the navigation systems of airborne equipment. Once a mechanical… more
A common refrain arising out of last week’s Magic Under Glass cover controversy is that authors are afraid to speak out against their publishers — even over racial misrepresentation on their covers. It seems authors fear that if they speak… more
While the traditional advance/royalty model is the least risky for authors, its open to only a limited few within a limited framework. Publishers are buying books that they can sell to bookstore buyers and distribution partners. The benefit of digital reseller market is that the filter is not the bookstore buyer or the distribution buyer because there is no artificial limitation set physical boundaries. The digital bookshelf is infinite and endless.
Candace Sams continues her notoriety tour by making the Guardian blog. “When Authors Attack” is the headline. Sams has since deleted her posts, but we do have screenshots for posterity sake. If you haven’t had your fill of Amazon review… more
MediaBistro held an ebook summit for the past few days and there were some interesting tidbits released. One of the overriding themes of the summit was that the $9.99 price point was not sustainable. One panel suggested that ads were… more
I have no idea the contractual terms under which Stephen Covey made his publishing deal with Simon & Schuster but apparently it is allowing him to sell his digital rights to Rosetta Books in a deal that will make two… more
Heather is having a huge science fiction romance book giveaway. 12 bloggers teamed up with 17 authors to give away over 30 books. It’s called the SFR Holiday Blitz and visitors have until Friday midnight to enter. ***** News Corp… more
Explicit sex is hard to write well and even if you do write it well, it means you are just packaging up pornography for women. Also, bla bla bla, romance books are killing romance bla bla bla. All according to… more
With the book industry suffering from the recession despite the seemingly erroneous claims that books are recession proof, it’s with little dismay that I look to the one part of the industry that is actually experiencing growth. It is, of… more
I heard that things at Grand Central Publishing wasn’t so good. Authors have left the Warner Forever line (Julie Ann Long, Michelle Rowen to name a couple), there was the big Stephenie Meyer leak, and now it’s COO is leaving… more
Jessica Faust, agent, put together a short little publishing dictionary with definitions for everything from “advance” and “auction” to “slush pile” and “world rights”. It’s a great little list to provide some insight to those who aren’t on the inside.