Wednesday News: Harlequin + Cosmo + Sylvia Day; Retail stores that showroom only; Credit reporting companies have shockingly horrible protections; Waterstone’s new plan will anger readers; RH changes digital first terms
Harlequin sent me a press release that said announced a seven figure two “book” deal with Sylvia Day which will launch a new line of books, ‘Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin’.
The two books are going to be titled, Afterburn (available August 15, 2013) and Aftershock (available November 15, 2013), which will feature two “fun, fearless Cosmopolitan-type heroines as well as delicious, dangerous heroes,” states Sylvia in the press release.”
I had a lot of questions.
Length of ebooks: The ebooks will bear both the Cosmopolitan and Harlequin logos on their covers and will be shorter in length (approx.. 30,000 words per title).
Price: $3.99 (U.S. / CAN.)
What can we expect from Cosmo Red Hot Reads: Harlequin will publish two original ‘Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin’ per month, beginning in August 2013. The novels will feature strong narratives centering on modern young women living the free-spirited and outgoing lifestyle espoused by the international magazine. The ebooks will bear both the Cosmopolitan and Harlequin logos on their covers and will be shorter in length (approx.. 30,000 words per title). Available wherever e-books are sold.
Who will be acquiring for them: All of the authors will be acquired through Harlequin. Writing guidelines and submission information can be found here: http://www.harlequin.com/
Available word wide: We do have the world rights, but UK / Australia are currently negotiating local contracts with the Cosmo counterparts over there. I followed up and asked what that meant and was told that the books will be available worldwide in English.
With or without DRM: They will have DRM
USA Today reports that Bonobos, seller of wack menswear, is opening “guideshops,” which are kind of like “shops,” except for the fact that after you try on the clothes and find just what you want, you have to order that shit on Bonobos.com and wait a couple of days for it to be delivered to your house. In fairness to Bonobos, I cannot think of any reason that a man would need some mustard yellow chinos right this moment. He should be able to wait a couple of days. The only rational thing to do with them is to toss them directly into the trash, so the slight delay should not impact the final customer satisfaction all that much.”
How was it done? Apparently Equifax has really crappy security and it is astonishingly easy to gain access to people’s credit reports. Thanks to Buzzfeed’s step by step instructions even those most rudimentary hacker can obtain this sort of stuff on anyone. Equifax
“Anyone who buys the new Joanne Harris paperback Peaches for Monsieur le Curé from Waterstones will find it contains an extra chapter not included in copies sold elsewhere, after the book chain signed an exclusive deal with the author.”
I expect readers to be seriously unhappy about this. Ebook readers aren’t going to eschew their favorite format for a bonus chapter. Instead, they are just going to be angry. Expect 1000 downvotes and one star ratings of the book to follow.Independent.ie
Under an advance/royalty deal, authors receive a traditional publishing contract and royalty rates of 25% of the net.
Reversion clause has been improved (although I didn’t see the details of this). Writer Beware ® Blogs!
A customer had been told that this wasn’t possible by a BN service rep but a friend recommended he swap out the card with a new one and it worked. Consumerist