Welcome to October’s publishing industry news roundup. There’s lots of news with some fun tidbits included this month. Also check out the Q&A about the new imprint, BLING!, at the end of the post.
- Isn’t this interesting? Print books outsold e-books in the first half of the year. For more info . . .
- Children’s and YA fiction
publisher, Egmont, is selling their US division. For more info . . .
- Author’s Guild met with
Department of Justice “invite governmental scrutiny of Amazon’s outsize market
share and anticompetitive practices.” For more info . . .
- Hundreds of authors unite
to protest Amazon’s e-book tactics. For more info . . .
- Amazon was also the buzz
at the New England Booksellers Association annual. For more info . . .
- The value of indies affirmed by the New England Independent Booksellers Association Fall Conference. For more info . . .
- Apparently not everyone’s
fighting with the Big A. Amazon and the Perseus Books Group have completed
negotiations over new e-book terms. For more info . . .
- JukePop launches
Kickstarter campaign to get indie books into libraries. For more info . . .
- American Christian Fiction
Writers (ACFW) announces winners of the Carol Awards for the best Christian
fiction and winners of their Genesis contest for unpublished Christian fiction
- HarperCollins authors may
earn a higher royalty if readers buy direct. For more info . . .
- Amazon to launch
crowdsourcing platform to KDP authors. For more info . . .
- Harlequin enters exclusive
deal with Scribd. For more info . . .
- Literary agent Sandra
Bishop joins the Transatlantic Agency. For more info . . .
- Brent Taylor joins Triada
US Literary Agency. For more info . . .
- Toby Mundy, starts his own
literary agency, TMA Limited. For more info . . .
- Patricia Nelson joins Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. For more info . . .
- Here’s a surprising
statistic. The majority of young people (ages 16-24) prefer print books over
other formats. For more info . . .
- Christian self-publisher
Xulon Press partners with Salem Communications to launch new Liberty Hill
Publishing. For more info . . .
- Universal Pictures signs
agreement with Penguin Random House to bring more of its books to movie
screens. For more info . . .
- Book sales fell 1.6% in May.
For more info . . . And in July. For more info. . .
- Barnes & Noble revenue
fell in the first quarter, but they cut their net loss. For more info . . .
- New York Times adds two faith-focused
best-seller lists. For more info . . .
- The National Book
Foundation has revealed the finalists for the 2014 National Book Award forFiction.
- Start your holiday
shopping! HarperCollins and HarperCollins Christian Publishing will offer
express shipping for indie bookstores from November 3rd through January 16th.
For more info . . .
- Yay for Canadian authors.
The country’s biggest fiction prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, has doubled.
For more info . . .
- Editorial promotions
announced at Bethany House Publishers. For more info . . .
- To provide more security
for digital content, HarperCollins adds digital watermarks to its e-books. For more info . . .
- Check this out—17 grants for writers.
- And look at these 20 writing residencies.
- E-book publisher Vook
acquires Byliner. For more info . . .
- Indies First/Small
Business Saturday be held over Thanksgiving weekend. For more info . . .
- Ingram and
Microgroove working together to “provide digital tools to give businesses
with mobile e-commerce applications the ability to sell physical books.” For more info . . .
- Good news for indie
bookstores—their sales are UP! For more info . . .
- YA and novel series
publisher Full Fathom Five announced the creation of Full Fathom Five Digital,
an online publishing division. For more info . . .
- Veteran crime novelists
launch new crime publisher, Brash Books. For more info . . .
- Barnes & Noble tests
consumer interest in the Espresso Book Machine in three stores. For more info . . .
– for many years, has put on the editorial hat again now that she’s been named
Managing Editor for a new imprint of contemporary romance at Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC).
about how things are progressing?
so excited by the submissions we received right out of the gate. Unfortunately,
there have been a lot of rejections I’ve had to make (my least favorite part of
the job); but at the same time, some really great fiction has crossed my desk
rejected those manuscripts so that writers who might want to submit can benefit
from the insider information?
There have, of course, been a few stories and characters that just didn’t
appeal to us, but for the most part the rejections have been mostly about not
fitting into the BLING!
ideal submission for the BLING!
primary issue is that we’re not looking for traditional, formulaic Christian
romances. We have a wonderful imprint – Candlelight
that’s headed up by Yvonne Lehman for those stories. BLING! is not traditional romance
in that — even though we require a
solid, believable romance at the nucleus of the story – our characters aren’t
necessarily church-going, Bible-quoting individuals. In fact, BLING! is more of
a crossover line where a faith
element isn’t a primary source of characterization. While it can certainly be
part of the story if necessary, it’s going to be an organic thread rather than
a foundational element.
of inspirational/Christian fiction?
the most part, perhaps we have been. But LPC is run by believers, so that’s
bound to carry over in the content and in the way business is conducted. With
the introduction of the BLING! line, LPC has opened up an avenue for crossover romantic
fiction where readers may or may not find an overt Christian message. That
said, however, we’ll never publish anything that will be inappropriate or
offensive to our Christian readership. I believe – and Eddie Jones, the founder
of LPC, also believes – that good storytelling may include an edgier, more
flawed character struggling through very real, authentic challenges, without leaning on foul language, sexual
situations or violence to tell their stories.
submissions and are offering contracts, is BLING! shaping up to be a place for
authors in the beginning of their careers or are you talking to more
established authors as well?
getting a little of both. At the very beginning, I suspected that the
submissions coming from more established authors were the ones collecting dust
in their files because traditional publishers weren’t interested, so maybe they
tossed it at the BLING! wall like pasta to see if it stuck. I think that
attitude results from LPC just being a smaller press with a new idea –
innovative, in my opinion – on the publishing landscape. But as we’ve
continued, I’m seeing more polished and thoughtful submissions that stick with
our guidelines from authors who might not have given a publisher like LPC a
chance five years ago.
contract I offered went to a writer who has been published before, but is in
the process of building and growing her career. I think BLING! will undoubtedly
help her do that because she’s brought us a wonderful plot guided by a strong
female lead. The next one I will likely offer – once my pub board has a chance
to confirm my belief in the book – is to a well-known author who really likes
the LPC business model.
we’re not offering advances at this time – which may likely change in the
future – LPC balances that out by offering writers a more-than-generous royalty
payout on the sales of their books. As a writer myself, I can tell you that
receiving a huge advance for a book isn’t always as great as it might seem.
Authors need to remember that the advance has to be earned out before they actually see any additional income from book
sales. And even after that happens, their return on the investment of time and
talent is about four times less than
the percentage they’ll receive from publishing with BLING! or LPC.
be a good fit for Bling!, what should they do?
go to the website to review the complete
guidelines, and they can LIKE our page on Facebook to keep up with new developments. If they have questions or need more
information, they can email me at SandieBlingLPC@aol.com.
Have a great month! Do the work. Be productive.