Jan 152010

Good news for Women’s Fiction. The Guardian says 2010 is an exciting year for feminism, and it’s showing up in books, films and theater.

According to Dear Author, Dorchester sold frontlist and backlist of some of their major authors to Avon. Dear Author isn’t sure what it means, and neither am I. I hope it’s profitable for everyone concerned.

The same Dear Author post made me hop over to this blog by Belle Books’ Debra Dixon at Riding With The Top Down. Belle Books has been giving away free books on Kindle, and four of their books are on Kindle’s Top Ten Kindle slot. Deb says this isn’t about giving away books, it’s about promotion:

We cleverly thought that people with bright shiny new Kindles received as holiday gifts would need content. So BelleBooks arranged for some of our backlist to be free for a limited time. We selected 5 books—either first in series or from an author with other titles published by us.

Boy howdy! Has this paid off. One of the books – ONCE BITTEN – is the # 1 Fantasy book on Amazon. Not Kindle…the full Amazon list. Has been for days.

CROSSROADS CAFE is the # 1 Romance book on Amazon.

MURDER TAKES THE CAKE is the #1 Mystery on Amazon.

Full list, not just Kindle.

Maybe that’s good for all the digital books illegally pirated, though most writers I know aren’t happy about it. According to this Washington Post article, “More than nine million copies of popular books were illegally downloaded last year.” That’s a scary number.

Another Dear Author post passed on news from Publishers Marketplace:

…Liz Sheier is moving to Barnes and Noble to be its “editorial director” and it appears that BN will be pursuing exclusive digital publishing agreements like Amazon has for the Kindle.

The second is that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is on the verge of collapse. It’s Irish investors were funded largely by the Anglo Irish Bank which is now owned by the Irish taxpayers. It sounds like a horrible ugly mess.

Jane Friedman’s Writer’s Digest blog has an article on publishing trends, giving predictions for 2010-2020.

At Grand Central Publishing, Tracy Martin and Latoya Smith have been promoted to assistant editors. Congratulations to both of them!

Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publisher, lists the Top Ten U.S. Book Publishers for 2009.

I saved the agent news for last. In the U.K., Rowan Lawton, formerly with William Morris, joins PFD. According to the Bookseller:

Lawton will focus on taking on more women’s fiction and psychological thriller writers. She will also develop her own list of authors, some of whom have followed her to the new agency. Her authors currently include Alex Scarrow, Lucy-Anne Holmes, Clemency Burton-Hill, Jenny Tomlin and Charlotte Ward.

From Publishers Marketplace:

Dorothy Spencer has joined the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency, representing adult fiction and non-fiction in a variety of genres. Spencer has worked in acquisitions and development for more than fifteen years, working with publishers including Watson-Guptill; Van Nostrand Reinhold; Henry Holt; Chronicle Books; Prentice Hall Press; and W.H. Freeman, as well as with book packagers including Read/Write Press and LifeTime Media.

Laney Katz Becker has joined the Markson Thoma Literary Agency as an agent. She was previously at Folio Literary Management. According to her bio:

She gravitates toward “book club fiction,” (i.e. novels with substance that you’re eager to talk about); character-driven stories; and smart, psychological thrillers.” And “Laney specializes in debut authors and her “newbies” have made the New York Times, national and International bestsellers’ lists.

Lisa Gallagher, Formerly SVP & Publisher of William Morrow, has joined Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Her bio says:

…she inevitably will be attracted to the same kinds of books she was passionate about as a publisher – accessible literary fiction, quality commercial women’s fiction, suspense/thrillers, lively narrative non-fiction…

That’s all until next week. Have a lovely weekend!

  6 Responses to “Industry News: 1/15/2010”

  1. As usual, Edie, this is a terrific overview of industry news. Thank you for all your hard work.

  2. What a great post. Thanks for your time and effort!

  3. Edie – you’re doing a great job with this column every week. These are the tidbits that could make a difference to anyone on this list. Thanks so much.

  4. Edie, great job and tons of thanks. I’d never get this all on my own!

  5. Great job, Edie. Thanks so much! (We should discuss the Kindle and digital-book downloads issues on loop. Interesting stuff!)

  6. Wonderful job as always! Thanks so much for your hard work!

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