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 October
edition of Novel Rocket’s industry news. Is it just me, or has this year flown by? Anyway, there’s still plenty of 2015 left and goals to be conquered. Onward, friends!

  • Sales of print books rose
    in 2015. For more info . . . 
  • The LYRA Contest (to
    promote excellence in independent fiction by recognizing outstanding
    independently published eBooks) is open. For more details . . . 
  • The Christian Book Awards
    are now open to submissions. For more info . . . 
  • Deckle Edge, South
    Carolina’s newest Literary Festival, to launch early next year. For more info . . . 
  • Audiobook publisher
    Blackstone to expand into print with the launch of Blackstone Publishing. For more info . . .
  • Random House launches The
    Smitten Word
    , an email newsletter all about romance books, authors, and romance
    news. For more info . . . 
  • Remember Oyster, the
    Netflix of books? Well they’ve announced they’re closing in 2016. For more info. . . 
  • A viewpoint from the NY Times:
    “E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead.” For more info . . . 
  • And another opinion: “No,
    e-book sales are not falling, despite what publishers say.” For more info . .
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  • And a third opinion: “From
    Books to Ebooks and Back: The Future of Literary Consumption
    Is Unwritten.” For more info . . . 
  • I’d like a cabernet
    sauvignon, please: Harlequin is now in the wine business. For more info . . . 
  • Author and founding editor
    of the religion department at Publishers Weekly, Phyllis Tickle, dies. For more info . . . 
  • American Christian Fiction
    Writers
    (ACFW) celebrates Christian fiction at annual conference and announce Carol Award and Genesis winners. For more info. . . 
  • Barbour Publishing
    partners with Teal Press in the U.K. For more info . . . 
  • New digital publishing
    venture, Serial Box, aims to be the HBO for readers (with serialized genre
    fiction). For more info . . . 
  • Another e-book
    price-fixing case against Apple? For more info . . . 
  • Startup Juggernaut to
    pursue mobile phone publishing. For more info . . .  
  • The Southern Independent
    Booksellers Alliance
    is feeling positive “going into the holiday season.” For more info . . . 
  • Authors Guild survey
    reveals that most authors’ earnings fall below the poverty line. For more info
    . . .
      
  • So I guess we should
    readjust expectations when it comes to being a successful writer. For more info. . . 
  • The 2015 PEN Literary
    Awards
    announced. For more info . . .  
  • Not exactly news, but good
    info: ten tech tools for writers. For more info . . . 
  • Also, here’s 16 Facebook groups for writers you don’t want to miss. 
  • Pelican Book Group to
    launch new imprint, Crossover Books, with stories that appeal to non-Christians
    but intrinsically convey Christian principles. Info soon to come here.
  • 2015 National Book Awards
    Longlist
    revealed. For more info . . . 
  • The Pew Research Center’s
    survey reveals libraries are still important to communities. For more info . . . 
  • Good news, bookstore sales
    rose
    in July. For more info . . . 
  • And independent
    booksellers
    also did well. For more info . . . 
  • “Might consumers see
    e-book refunds from Apple in time for the holidays?” For more info . . . 
  • Family Christian Stores
    seek to repair relationships with vendors. For more info . . . 
  • Financial figures paint a
    grim picture for Barnes & Noble, but they’re still hopeful. For more info .
    . .
      
Have a great month, friends. Write on!