Industry News

Megan DiMaria is Novel Rocket’s industry news columnist. An author and speaker, she enjoys cheering on writers and loves to encourage others as they journey through life’s demands and delights. Megan is the author of two women’s fiction novels, Searching for Spice and Out of Her Hands

Can you believe summer’s over? As delightful as it was, I’m looking forward to autumn. Aren’t you? There’s lots going on, so let’s get to this month’s industry news.

  • Sandra D. Bricker appointed managing editor of Bling!, Lighthouse Publishing’s new romance imprint. For more info . . . (Check back next month for an exclusive interview with Ms. Bricker about the new Bling! line.)
  • Good news for one of our favorite retailers. Business is
    looking good for Books-A-Million. For more info . . . 
  • Now, this sounds delightful! A Floating Library on the
    Hudson River in NY. For more info . . . 
  • New publisher Magpie Eclectic Press accepting
    submissions for “all subgenres that fall under the Christian Speculative
    banner,” and also works that are not strictly Christian. For more info . . . 
  • Not that we need a reason to celebrate books, but the
    Iowa City Book Festival looks like it will be a good time. For more info . . . 
  • . . .  another
    book fair of note, the Toronto Book Fair.  
  • Also upcoming, Florida Bookstore Day
  • Bummer. The oldest public library in the country may close.For more info . . . 
  • Yay! Harlequin’s imprint for young adults, Harlequin TEEN,
    turns five! For more info . . . 
  • Afraid to take your eReader to the beach? Worry no more. Kobo
    debuts a new waterproof and dustproof device. For more info . . . 
  • More in the don’t-count-out-indie-bookstores department. Two in New England are proving they can grow and adapt. For more info . . . 
  • Three cheers for Laurel Book Store in their efforts to expand. For more info . . . 
  • The French government has passed an “anti-Amazon” law to
    protect their culture and French bookstores. For more info . . . 
  • Paper Lantern Lit, a boutique literary development company, launches
    a digital imprint. For more info . . . 
  • Barnes & Noble releases new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.
    For more info . . . 
  • Kensington Publishing and Books-A-Million to launch Lyrical
    High Notes
    , a new line of trade paperbacks that were previously released
    exclusively as e-books. For more info . . . 
  • Huh. Who knew? A new study claims “Kindle readers are
    “significantly” worse at recalling plot compared to paperback readers.” For more info . . .
  • Blurb, a POD self-publishing platform, partners with Ingram
    to get indie authors’ books into bookstores. For more info . . . 
  • The Amazon vs. Hachette dispute is getting “nasty.” For more info . . . 
  • Meanwhile, German authors pen letter of protest to Amazon
    concerning a situation similar to the Amazon vs. Hachette issue. For more info. . . 
  • Editors at Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books downsized in
    “a planned editorial downsizing.” For more info . . . 
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt trade group profits down, but
    they’re hopeful for a turnaround. For more info . . . 
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, bookstore sales down
    first half of 2014. For more info . . . 
  • Writer’s Digest and BookBaby team up to launch Blue Ash
    Publishing
    , a new self-publishing venture. For more info . . . 
  • It will be interesting to track this marketing strategy.
    HarperCollins launches the HarperCollins Promotional Fund (HCPF) to “provide
    additional funds to independent retailers to help them market the publisher’s
    books.” For more info . . . 
  • Pelican Book Group launches Pure Amore, a new sweet romance
    imprint. For more info . .
  • Julie Gwynn, formerly of Abingdon Press, joins the SeymourAgency as a literary agent. 
  • The Hachette/Ingram effort to buy Perseus falls through. For more info . . . 
  • Citing more profitable e-books as the boon, HarperCollins
    revenue increases. For more info . . . 
  • Simon & Schuster’s profits also up. For more info . . . 
  • Ebook subscription service Scribd rolls out a new browsing
    platform that combines “the best of human and algorithmic book recommendation.”
    For more info . . . 
  • Barnes & Noble and Google team up for same-day delivery
    services in an effort to steal market share from Amazon. For more info . . . 
  • “The number of print books produced by traditional
    publishers fell in 2013, BUT fiction output rose.” For more info . . . 
Have a great month! Do the work. Be productive.