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 . . .
fun: Authors tweet advice on what NOT to say to a writer.
about how publishers make decisions about what to publish? For more info . . .
(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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .