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 August edition of Novel Rocket’s industry news. I hope you’ve had a productive summer, which by the way, is almost over.  

Let’s get to it!

  • Citing “tough comparisons” and e-tailers no longer discounting
    many e-books at a loss” (that would be Amazon), Lagardère Publishing’s (Hachette Book Group’s parent company) first half
    of 2015 revenues fall. For more info . . . 
  • Here’s twenty writing residencies you should apply for! For more info . . .
  • Good news for fans of classic crime novels—Pushkin Press has
    launched Pushkin Vertigo to publish crime classics written between the 1920s
    and the 1970s. For more info . . . 
  • St. Martin’s Press to launch a new digital romance imprint, SMPSwerve
  • Not novel related but Amazon related, and writers are curious
    about Amazon. It’s no joke (that’s what folks thought). Amazon Dash, a sticky
    button you install in your home/office allows you to reorder a product at the
    push of a button. For more info . . . 
  • For
    fun: Authors tweet advice on what NOT to say to a writer.
  • Curious
    about how publishers make decisions about what to publish? For more info . . . 
  • ACFW
    (American Christian Fiction Writers) announced the 2015 Carol Award finalists  and the 2015 Genesis Contest finalists
  • The Man Booker Prize 2015 longlist announced
  • Also, in 2016, the Man Booker International Prize will merge
    with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. For more info . .. 
  • The Authors Guild’s fourth installment of its Fair Contract Initiative, “A
    Publishing Contract Should Not Be Forever.” For more info . . . 
  • Fantasy
    author Ed Greenwood opens publishing house (his creative
    salon), The Ed Greenwood
    Group. For more info . . . 
  • Ten book publishers seeking manuscript submissions! For more info . . . 
  • Dirty, rotten #%&! Computer hackers use Jane Austin prose to
    disguise malicious code. For more info . . . 
  • Go Set a Watchman breaks records. For more info . . . 
  • Fantasy/sci-fi novelist and NBA lifetime achievement winner,
    Ursula Le Guin launches an online writing workshop on the Book View Café blog
    to answer selected questions on the craft of writing fiction. For more info . . .
  • Amazon’s
    media sales declined for the first quarter. For more info . . . 
  • Not so much to do with
    novels, but an interesting rumor has it Amazon is planning to open a drive-thru
    grocery store. What won’t Amazon do? For more info . . . 
  • EverAfter Romance, an imprint of
    Diversion Books, launches print program for self-published romance authors. For more info . . . 
  • Details of Family Christian Stores’ new ownership plan are
    revealed. For more info . . . 
  • Interesting. Canada’s
    Windsor Public Library’s Espresso Book Machine (self-publishing) has published over 10k
    books and helps writers share their stories. For more info . . .   
  • Encouraging to see
    this—Tyndale House Publishers created a new position to focus on author development
    and strategy. For more info . . . 
  • Simon & Schuster
    launches pop culture site GLOMMABLE to “give readers direct access to and
    original content from the internet personalities and authors that fans love most.”
    For more info . . . 
  • e-Book sales down. For more info . . . 
  • However, bookstore sales
    rose. For more info . . .  
  • Interesting. AuthorBee
    launches a new Twitter app to organize your “timeline into stores based on your
    interests.” For more info . . . 
  • Authors United call for
    the Department of Justice to investigate Amazon. For more info . . . 
  • It seems likely the new
    Barnes & Boble CEO will kill the Nook. For more info . . .  
  • Sad news, Abingdon shut
    down its fiction program. For more info . . . 
Have a great month, friends. Write on!