Thursday Midday Links: Dorchester Dis-invited from RWA
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.