Monday News: Writers Coffee Shop verdict, DIY book covers, bookstore sponsorships, and “sh*t romance readers say”
What’s particularly ironic is that Pedroza may not have filed suit at all had Hayward not tried to shut her down after she gave an interview to a local paper, which was covering a new soap business she and a partner (who had also been employed at TWCS) had started. It was after Hayward’s threat to sue that Pedroza filed suit. Oops.
Pedroza filed suit in Tarrant County in May, claiming Hayward tricked her into signing an agreement that cut her out of a fair share of the royalties to the trilogy of books. . . .
After a nine-day trial, the jury determined that Pedroza was one of the four original owners of The Writers Coffee Shop and that Hayward fraudulently restructured the partnership under the guise of tax reasons to mask her intention to keep payments from the sale to Random House for herself. –Business Insider
In terms of what’s working in the industry today, the authors and designers we talked to are in agreement: “I think simplicity does it now; it used to be that the fancier covers were the ones that really got the attention,” says Carrington, who adds that her recent clients are asking for uncluttered covers. “Nowadays, it’s cleaner lines and unique colors.” Her favorite at the moment are the monochrome covers with color used only in the title or on a part of the image. “It really draws your eye,” she says. Collins also says that, as an author and a reader, she is drawn to simple covers using a single symbolic image.
Graphic designer Hafsah Faizal says she tries to steer her clients toward simpler covers. “I think the minimalistic covers stand out the most, and I try to keep my covers minimalistic as much as possible,” she says. Using her cover design for The Body Electric by Beth Revis as an example, Faizal adds, “If the book allows it, I’ll use colors that aren’t the norm.” The novel, which she describes as “science fiction with a touch of romance” features a neon green cover with a hand-lettered font. “I also try to use fonts that aren’t regularly used, but it’s not always possible,” Faizal says. She points to typography-driven cover designs that turn the title into a work of art, citing the YA titles Shadow and the Bone, by Leigh Bardugo, and The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski, as successful indie examples of this trend. –Publishers Weekly
We are still considering benefits we can offer our sponsors but, at this point, a preliminary list is:
– Reserved seating at author events
– The ability to rent the cafe and / or bookstore outside of normal operating hours for private events at our cost (which is roughly $25 to $100 per hour)
– Invitations to a quarterly gathering at the cafe where you can socialize with other sponsors, members of Borderlands’ staff and occasional special guests
– Access to preview sales of rare and collectable books whenever we make a large acquisition
– The opportunity to purchase occasional items produced by us for sponsors and not offered to the general public (such as limited Ripley prints, chapbooks, and so forth)
– A selection of unique apparel and accessories showing your status as a sponsor and not available to the general public
– Invitations to sponsor-only events, like small gatherings with authors, exclusive writing workshops, and more
A sponsorship will cost $100 for this year. That price may increase or decrease in subsequent years, depending on our finances. The minimum number of sponsors each year will be 300, but we will accept any number of people who would like to participate. Each participant will be given a sponsor number, based on the exact time and date that they first started sponsoring Borderlands. –Borderlands Books