State of Publishing, Sci-Fi Romance & a Free Kresley Cole Ebook

Friday, September 18, 2009 5 Comments A+ a-

Okay I know I'm supposed to be taking time off but I came across some good articles on the state of the publishing industry that I wanted to pass on as sort of an index post.

With the news that the digitally pirated editions of Dan Brown's latest has reached more readers than the print version, publishers are up in arms and people are talking about how digital is quickly moving away from niche to the a possible future of reading solely digital works. One school library in Boston already got rid of their entire paperback library as they move into digital format.
“When I look at books, I see an outdated technology, like scrolls before books,’’ said headmaster James Tracy.

Thanks to my fellow writing buddy author J. Hali Steele for link about the Nathan Bransford posting.

And we shall begin.

Agent Nathan Bransford posted earlier this week about if authors will need publisher's in the near future. (Hint: Cloudy with a chance of maybe). Be sure to read the comments because a lot of posters bring up some very good points. Author Mark Terry makes a really good one:

What seems to be missing from your analysis is marketing and publicity. Once upon a time publishers did it, but now they primarily do it with bestsellers. If things shift to e-publishing, that can be a very strong negotiating point for an author (aside from a cash advance, I suppose). "Okay, sure, I'll stay with you guys if you put X number of dollars into print ads, get me a shot on Today, and send me on a 10-city book tour scrawling my signature on the back of everybody's Kindle."

Editorial Assistant Moonrat posted a link on her blog to a detailed insiders overview of how the publishing industry works. Grab a drink before hand.

Financial success in front-list publishing is very often random, but the media conglomerates that run most publishing houses act as if it were not. Yes, you may be able to count on a new novel by Surething Jones becoming a big bestseller. But the bestseller lists paint nothing even remotely like the full financial picture of any publication. Because that painting's most important commerce color is the size of the advance. The second-most important color is the general level of book-buying

E-book distributor Fictionwise is pulling an Amazon 1984 totalitarian situation with yanking books already sold. Their reasoning is that it's outside of the geographical restrictions (think DVDs and their regions) so it was a boo boo on their part for selling them to customers out of the zone. Now they're amending it. Customers are speaking out (check the comments at the Teleread site) and noticing the changes in Fictionwise since Barnes and Noble acquired them earlier this year. Not sure how long FW will be around considering Barnes and Noble opened their own ebook store recently and the acquisition could have been a way to eliminate the competition to level them up to Amazon Kindle/Sony Reader levels.

Word around Readerland is that the upcoming tablet Apple reader will knock out all other ereaders if done well. Considering Apple's ties over Itunes with audio books and music being the primo place for buying both, the same can happen with ebooks like crazy and complete the shift into the digital age. The tablet may pop up before Christmas if rumors are correct. Last month, Apple Insider reported that Apple were evaluating 4-12 inch screens as it gets closer to their entry into the tablet and sub-notebook market. PalmAddicts chimed in with an overview and some very awesome looking renderings of what the tablet may look like. This is one to watch.

See Amazon emerge. Watch Amazon Grow. Now Amazon is selling their own content (a la Costco's Kirkland brand) and it's expected the company may eventually grow into it's own publishing company. Not surprising considering the big NY pubs are owned by larger corporations themselves.



Heather Massey over at The Galaxy Express just posted about a Science Fiction romance feature at Romantic Times Magazine! This is pretty big considering how the magazine is widely read. She gives a full overview of what is included in the spotlight and it's awesome.

She also gives a fabulous list of Print Publishers (Part 1) who are looking for SFR and also Digital/Small Press Publishers (Part 2) who are on the look out for it. Authors get your subs ready!

Whew! And now for your goodie link for getting to the end of the post! ;-)

Bestselling PNR/Historical author Kresley Cole of the Immortals After Dark series is giving away a special edition free (yes FREE) ebook download of her novella The Warlord Wants Forever which kicks off her 'Immortals' series. It's only available a limited time so grab it while you can! Direct download is available here.

And with that.

Have a good weekend everyone!!

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Sandy
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9:50 PM delete

Rae,

I don't write or read sci-fi, except for Tethys's work, but this is a very interesting post.

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Rae Lori
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10:51 AM delete

Thanks Sandy. :-)

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Carole Gill
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Great post!
I'm thrilled about science fiction dipping into the romance market, because the one thing that sci fi needed (especially hard sci fi) was reaching and especially targeting more women readers.
I find a lot of sci fi too guy oriented.
Would like to see women's issues addressed: child bearing, romance--more emotions and the like.
Thanks for this post.

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Rae Lori
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Hiya Carole!

Indeed! The genre has ignored a lot of its female readership and I think women's issues can definitely be merged with the science and technology angle to make some awesome stories. Science fiction, at its core, was always about what it means to be human and where humanity will be in the near future. They don't even have to dumb it down or soften it up which is the fear of a lot of the male editors, I'm sure. Tons of female readers already love SF (just take a look at all of the shipper fandom!) and I think sci-fi romance will help with bringing both groups together. I'm definitely hoping!

Thanks for stopping by. :-D

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8:36 PM delete

It would be sad to see the world loose these wonderful paperback books with there yellowing pages. Digital reading is definitely lacking in charm. It would also be a lot easier to pirate a digital book.

I can say that a lot of people reading these free digital copies would not have actually paid money for the book anyway. They would have gotten on a list at the library or borrowed it from a friend.

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