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

Welcome to the June edition of industry news. Is anyone else freaked out about 2015 nearly being half over? 

Enjoy the nice weather, and check out this month’s news:

  • Interesting. HarperCollins Christian expands its focus on backlist titles.
    For more info . . . 
  • Family Christian Stores will likely remain open. For more info . . .  
  • American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) announces the 2015
    Genesis Contest semi-finalists
    . For more info . . . 
  • The first national Independent Bookstore Day was such a success there will be another in 2016. For more info . . . 
  • This is a bit depressing. Books with female protagonists are
    less likely to win a major award. For more info . . .  
  • “… to restore balance to the author-publisher relationship
    and help authors achieve a fair return for the efforts . . .” The Authors Guild
    is rolling out a Fair Contract initiative. For more info . . .  
  • “Is Subscription the
    Future of E-Books?” For more info . . . 
  • If there’s travel
    in your future, you might want to check the partnership between Southwest
    Airlines and Kobo that provides free in-flight e-books to passengers. For more
    info . . .
      
  • A drop in e-book
    sales blamed for sales decline at Hachette Book Group USA. For more info . . . 
  • Romance fiction
    imprint Avon Impulse (HarperCollins’ digital-first publishing platform)
    announces it has sold more than three million e-books since its launch in 2011.
    For more info . . . 
  • The
    Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announced the winners of
    the 2015 Christian Book Awards and the 2015 Christian Book of the Year
  • Digital platform
    provider Rakuten Kobo announced a program created to boost its partnership with
    the American Booksellers Association (ABA) by enticing customers to try eBooks.
    For more info . . . 
  • Total revenue rose
    for Canada’s Indigo Books & Music. For more info . . . 
  • Web
    development company Mess to launch Momentum, a turnkey subscription service that
    generates social media campaigns and manages and track the fan social
    engagement with them. For more info . . . 
  • This will
    make you smile, sing along, and dance. “All About Them Books.” 
  • Streaming media
    service hoopla digital adds e-books and comics to its platform. For more info . . . 
  • E-book creator, Vook,
    rebrands itself as Pronoun. For more info . . .
  • Indie bookseller, Books
    Inc
    ., has announced plans to open a store in Santa Clara in July 2016. For more info . . . 
  • Harlequin and HarperCollins Publishers announced the launch
    of Harlequin Audio, a new imprint that will produce audio versions of Harlequin
    titles. The imprint will release its debut titles on June 30, 2015. For more info . . .  
  • Shop local, San Francisco— the mayor launches B2B campaign that
    will also aid bookstores. For more info . . . 
  • Interested in buying a piece of literary history? F Scott
    Fitzgerald’s home
    , where he wrote The Great Gatsby is on the market for a cool
    3.8 million. For more info . . .  
  • In case you missed it, Dante’s 750th birthday just
    passed. For more info . . . 
  • Streaming
    media service for libraries, hoopla digital, announced the addition of E-books
    and comics to its platform. For more info . . . 
  • “Did [Author
    Solutions
    ] engage in a fraudulent scheme to sell authors worthless marketing
    services?” For more info . . .  
  • Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
    turns 100. For more info . . . 
  • Have you heard of #ThisBookClub,
    a celebration of the modern-day book club and all the ways that novels can
    bring people together? For more info . . . 
  • Kensington
    Publishing Corp had added two new sub-imprints to Lyrical Press: Lyrical Shine,
    contemporary romance, and Lyrical Underground, thriller, mystery, and horror
    titles. For more info . . .  
  • 2015 Harper Lee Prize for
    Legal Fiction
    finalists announced
  • Atlantic Book Awards winners announced! 
  • Barnes & Noble to
    close one of its stores in Queens, NY. For more info . . .
  • Interesting. Wal-Mart is
    taking on Amazon Prime by starting their own subscription shipping service. For more info . . . 
  • Guideposts
    has reached agreement with HarperCollins Christian Publishing’s Zondervan
    division to license devotionals for retail sales. For more info . . . 
  • Simon &
    Schuster
    is partnering with mobile content delivery service Foli to offer
    customers complimentary access to a selection of full-text e-books in airports,
    museums and hotels around the country.” For more info . . . 
  • Yay! March
    bookstore sales rose over 5% from a year ago. For more info . . . 
  • Southwest
    Airlines
    offers free in-flight access to e-books. For more info . . . 
  • Profits rise and
    sales fall in the first quarter for Simon & Schuster. For more info . . . 
  • First quarter sales
    rose at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s trade division. For more info . . . . 
  • Harlequin purchase
    proved profitable for HarperCollins. For more info . . . 
  • Gatekeeper Press, a
    full-service self-publishing platform, offers authors 100% of
    their royalties, 100% of their rights, and global distribution. For more info .. . 
 Have a great month, friends! Write on!