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.
Welcome to the April edition of Novel Rocket’s industry news. I hope you’re enjoying springtime in your corner of the world, it’s been lovely here in Colorado.
- The state of Alabama has
ruled that Harper Lee has not been coerced into agreeing to publish Go Set a
Watchman, the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. For more info . . .
- Also, HarperCollins
Publishers has revealed the cover of Go Set a Watchman.
- Mark your calendar. May 5th
is Independent Bookstore Day.
- Brian Tibbetts joins The
MacGregor Literary Agency. For more info . . .
- Publishers are working toward
signing agreements with Amazon (again!). For more info . . .
- Info on sales of books in2014, by format.
- Mattel (Toys) has new a
publishing plans. For more info . . .
- Books-A-Million posts
profits for 2014. For more info . . .
- Congratulations Books
& Books (Coral Gables, FL) on receiving the PW Bookstore of the Year
Award. For more info . . .
- Handseller app gives
independent booksellers mobile option. For more info . . .
- Expanding through
acquisitions is the way to go for major publishers. For more info . . .
- Looking to enter/win a contest? Bling! Diamond Awards for
Writers highlight excellence in contemporary romantic fiction and offers the
possibility of a book contract to the winner. For more info . . .
- Attendees at the IPA (International
Publishers Association) are considering fixed book prices. For more info . . .
- Also discussed at the IPA:
piracy and free speech. For more info . . .
- The aftershocks of Family
Christian Stores bankruptcy are hurting publishers and authors. For more info . . .
- Interesting. Multiple
authors of a single book (Every Father’s Daughter) to hold the book launch at nine different venues. For more info . . .
- HarperCollins is working
with Twitter Commerce to sell books. For more info . . .
- Writers dream about the
perfect writing space. Check out these “shedquarters.”
- Crowdfunding site for creative
artists, Patreon, acquires video subscription service Subbable. For more info .
- This sounds like a great
compilation and celebration of American fiction, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s 100 Years of The
Best American Short Stories. For more info . . .
- Like to judge book covers?
This clever promo piece features several drafts of Random House’s Hausfrau: A
Novel by Jill Alexander Essbaum. For more info . . .
- Image Books has ceased
acquiring new titles “to focus our resources and creative energies to continue
to maintain and nurture the deep Image backlist.” For more info . . .
- Publishing industry sales
rose in 2014! For more info . . .
- Profits up for Barnes
& Noble. For more info . . .
- You’ve got until 5/7 to
submit an essay to win an inn in Maine. For more info . . .
- Men dominate the
traditional publishing world, but women are self-publishing more bestsellers
than men. For more info . . .
- Witness Impulse, William
Morrow’s digital-first mystery titles, surpasses expectations. For more info . . .
- Americas for Conservation
+ the Arts launches Mandel Vilar Press, to publish titles by ethnic and
minority writers. For more info . . .
Germany launches Amazon (Apple, and Kobo) competitor. For more info . . .
- Finalists for the 2015
Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award have been
- The 2015 Man Booker
International Prize finalists have been announced.
- The 2015 PEN/ Hemingway
Award won by Arna Hemenway. For more info . . .
- The Evangelical Christian
Publishers Association (ECPA) Announces the Finalists for the 2015 ChristianBook Award® Program.
- The 2015 PEN Literary
Awards longlist has been revealed. For more info . . .
- The (publishing year 2014) National Book Critics Circle Awards
- Baileys Women’s Prize for
Fiction have announced their 2015 longlist. For more info . . .
- Barnes & Noble announces
winners of its 24th annual Discover Great New Writers Awards. For more info . .