With the popularity of e-book publishing, I often speak with newly signed authors who are ecstatic about their digital deals. The electronic "presses" are making it easier than ever for aspiring authors to find homes for their books. However, traditionally published authors (i.e. those published in print), are complaining that because of the new model of e-book sales, their contracts are suffering.
This week the Wall Street Journal reported:
"Priced much lower than hardcovers, many e-books generate less income for publishers. And big retailers are buying fewer titles. As a result, the publishers who nurtured generations of America's top literary-fiction writers are approving fewer book deals and signing fewer new writers. Most of those getting published are receiving smaller advances." Read the full article here.
So where do you stand on the e-book debate? Do you think that these digital deals will ultimately be good for authors or bad?
Author Jennifer Allison is best known for her Young Adult series about the psychic investigator Gilda Joyce. However, the author has written a different type of paranormal tale for the anthology Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror. Her new story “The Perfects” combines several classic spine-tingling elements: creepy little kids, freaky dolls and a house of horror. So we had to know, what frightens Jennifer Allison?
When I was a child, I often awoke in the middle of the night and stared at various objects in my room. If you have any sort of imagination at all, this is a very bad idea. Naturally, my eyes played tricks on me, and I still remember my horror as I saw the shadowy figures of my plastic Barbie dolls appear to move in the darkness.
As the nights get longer and the days get colder, who doesn't love to curl up with a good book? (Or even better, a good series?) We stocking up on the paranormal romances and urban fantasies that keep us up at night and helping readers find the best chilling tales because October is Paranormal Month on the RT Daily Blog!
The publishing industry is certainly making this easy. Last week eight new paranormal and urban fantasy titles from our TBR list hit the bookstores. And throughout the month the latest novels will become available from fan-favorites L.A. Banks, Ilona Andrews, Meljean Brook, Rachel Vincent and more!
We will be celebrating the paranormal genre on the RT Daily Blog with video interviews, guest blogs and great giveaways. You will also find out who are our favorite vampires, what urban fantasy creatures have us staying out of dark allies and which evil villain we'd fight in our own adventure. Want to take part in the action? You can with our month long "Dress The Character!" costume contest that will be revealed next week. And all the action leads up to our "Haunted Halloween" Giveaway!
To give you a taste of the action coming out this month - take a look at October's Paranormal Top Picks!
The trailer has been released for the I Am Number Four movie-adaptation project! Back in August, I told you how excited I was about the casting news about I Am Number Four. The paranormal YA novel written by James Frey and Jobie Hughes, under the name Pittacus Lore promises to be a blockbuster film. And now you can get the first look at Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron in action!
RT's web team wants to thank everyone for joining us for our first "theme" month on the RT Daily Blog. We have had a ton of fun covering Young Adult novels during September with amazing videos, guest blogs, giveaways, reviews and more from some of our favorite YA authors. (You can check out the all of the action here.)
As a parting gift to the readers, we thought we would make a list of some upcoming YA reads that we can't wait to get our hands on. Do you have an upcoming book you are dying to read? Let us know in the comments!
The RT editors have been talking about this book for months - a heavy hitting subject matter (date rape) is delved into in this hauntingly powerful tale.
For my weekly column Scooped!, I scour the Internet, contact authors and pick my fellow RT editor's brains to make sure no reader question goes unanswered. This week, I share my reading habits, offer some aspiring author advice and get reading suggestions for Regency rogues and chilling anthologies. Still have questions? Send them to me here and you may be featured in an upcoming post.
Question: What is the best book you have read recently? - BB
P.S. Just how many books do you read in a week anyway?
Morgan: Well BB, that depends on the week. I would say that I generally read about a dozen or more books per week — I've got to keep up with what's out there! I try to find a good mix of both print and e-books with paranormal romances being on the top of my TBR pile.
Historical author Nicola Cornick’s new series starter was inspired by her own Arctic adventure. Learn how a winter wonderland became fodder for the regency romance, Whisper of Scandal. And don’t miss the excerpt of this new novel at the end of the post!
Unusual backgrounds and settings have always inspired me. I love to read them and I love to write them. Right from my very first book, which featured a Somerset cider wassail, I’ve enjoyed incorporating different elements into my Regency historicals. Whether this takes the form of a plot twist or a setting doesn’t really matter but there is always something unusual going on!
With Whisper of Scandal I have taken this to a new level by setting the book in Regency London – and the Arctic. Two years ago I was on a small cruise ship sailing around the island of Spitzbergen in the Arctic Circle. It was the most extraordinary trip of my life. The land was stunning – remote, lonely, beautiful. The history of the island was fascinating and I knew I wanted to set a book there. So the idea for Whisper of Scandal was born.
What would you wish for if a genie offered to make your dreams come true? A healthy family? The perfect job? A chance with your one true love? The possibilities seem endless! In author Mindy Klasky's newest novel, To Wish Or Not To Wish, a genie agrees to grant Erin Hollister three wishes. But with only three chances to get it right, she’s faced with a serious dilemma. So, we asked the author what she would wish for...
One genie... Multiple wishes... When I started to write the As You Wish series, I let my imagination run wild with possibilities.
Okay. For storytelling purposes, I needed to put a limit on the wishes my characters could make. I mean, world peace, the eradication of poverty, and a cure for all diseases might make for a wonderful place to live out the rest of our natural lives, but as background for a romance? Not so much fun...