Jul 222012

Digital books are now “the dominant single format” for adult fiction sales, reports GalleyCat‘s Jason Boog, who refers to a new BookStats joint report from the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group.

 Since we’re talking e-books, follow along with Dear Author‘s Jane Litte as she looks into how thoroughly digital publishers mine reader data.

 In another e-book wrinkle, three Harlequin authors (including RWA-WF member Linda Barrett) have filed a class action suit alleging the publisher underpaid royalties for e-books contracted before 2005. At paidContent, Laura Hazard Owen reports on the suit’s filing, links to a letter Harlequin sent its authors this past January regarding its policy on pre-2005 books, and includes a statement from Harlequin publisher and CEO Donna Hayes who contends Harlequin’s authors have been compensated fairly. Meanwhile, Litte at Dear Author read the pleading and provides both short and long summaries of it in clear language

Porter Anderson’s latest Writing on the Ether touches on many subjects, including the Harlequin suit, Pearson’s buy of Author Solutions, and the brouhaha about Brazen Careerist Penelope Trunk’s apparent decision to renege on a publishing contract in order to self publish. In today’s  Extra Ether, Anderson further explores the ramifications of Pearson’s acquisition of Author Solutions.  The deal is controversial for at least two reasons: Author Solutions enables writers to self-publish for a fee/fees, while Pearson is the parent of publisher Penguin.

No, you’re not imagining it. There’s been a spate of book covers with hand-lettered titles. What’s more,  covers that feature a woman’s face often show that face turned away from the viewer. In The Atlantic, Ashley Fetters discusses book-cover clones.

The Rejecter, an anonymous assistant at a literary agency, offers an agent’s reaction to requests for representation for self-published books.

Author/blogger Roni Loren learned the expensive way not to use copyrighted photos on her blog

Shelf Awareness reports bookstore sales rose 5.7 percent in May, 2012, compared to May 2011, according to preliminary data from the Census Bureau.

Agent Rachelle Gardner suggests writers try interval writing: short but intense bursts of work followed by periods of rest.

Social-media expert Kristen Lamb has a message for traditional publishing: “Yes, you rocked publishing for over a century, but now? Not so much.” She wishes traditional publishers paid more attention to social media and to advances made by publishing newcomers.

Safe travels for those heading to RWA 2012 inAnaheim, where bursts of work will be long and intense. Industry News returns August 5.

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