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 November issue of of Novel Rocket’s industry news. Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this month? If so, good luck!
Let’s get to the news!
- Here’s a capital idea: “How One
Author Turned the Internet into a Giant Book Club.” For more info . . .
- HarperCollins buys The
Midlist, a daily e-newsletter featuring book deals. For more info . . .
- The American Writers
Museum—the only museum of its kind—is set to open in 2017. For more info . . .
- Interesting—how German
publishers deal with Amazon. For more info . . .
- Crowdfunding publisher
Inkshares (“Publishing books selected by readers”) making changes to its
business model. For more info . . .
- Lots of new literary
agents open to new clients:
- Seven literary agents
seeking fantasy novels NOW.
- And, here’s another, Arielle Datz from Dunow,
Carlson & Lerner Literary.
- And another, Nick Harrison from WordServe Literary.
- And another, Mitch Hoffman from Aaron M. Priest Literary.
- Wonder who’s winning the paper book vs. e-reader competition? For more info . . .
- The “State of Books and Reading in a Digital World.”
- (Because you know I love this stuff,) Eye candy for book lovers.
- “The only exclusively
romance bookstore in the United States” set to open early 2016. For more info . . .
- Penguin Random House’s
weak e-book sales offset by bestsellers. For more info . . .
- Not exactly publishing
news, but interesting: 30 tattoos inspired by great books.
- Interesting info:
Hollywood movies that were made from self-published novels. For more info . . .
- Pew Study: Adult reading
falls, youth reading rises. For more info . . .
- Booksellers are upbeat
headed into the holiday season. For more info . . .
- Old-fashioned paper books,
as opposed to e-readers, “can improve memory, concentration, and good looks.”
For more info . . .
- Amazon is suing reviewers
who post “fake” glowing online reviews. For more info . . .
- Apple has requested the
Supreme Court to overturn the guilty decision in the ebook price-fixing case.
For more info . . .
- As if you didn’t know I
- The U.S Court of Appeals
says Google’s library book scanning project is not copyright infringement. For
more info . . .
- Some encouragement for
those suffering through rejection: the winner of the Man Booker prize for
fiction had his debut novel rejected nearly 80 times. For more info . . .
- Bookstore sales dropped in
August. For more info . . .
- The 3rd annual Lyra
contest (for the Best Independent Novels of 2015) is open for entries. For more
info . . .
- Want to get a foot in
the door for a publishing career? Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC),
a Christian publishing house, is currently building an (unpaid) internship
program. For info, contact.
Have a great month, friends. Write on!