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Forewords - The Books Before the Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!

DEBUT AUTHORS

Mainstream - In Bob Prohel’s debut, Unstable Molecules, the former bookseller tells the story of four people whose lives cross paths in an alternate universe of comic-cons. Readers will meet former sci-fi TV star in the midst of a mysterious cross-country road trip. Coming soon in 2016.

Historical Fiction - In Alyssa Palombo’s The Violinist of Venice, passion and music come together as composer and priest Antonio Vivaldi and his secret mistress let their love continue to grow. Set in Venice, this heartwrenching tale is sure to leave readers breathless.

NEW SERIES

New Adult - Surrender, the first in Violetta Rand’s Devil’s Den series, stars a sexy MIT graduate who returns to his Texas hometown and meets an alluring college student who works as an exotic dancer.


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Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

In its continued attempts to win the Iron Throne of Booklandia, Amazon has formally announced their ebook and audiobook subscription service, Kindle Unlimited. Rumors of the service had been swirling for the past couple of weeks, and the service officially launched this morning.

For $9.99 a month, Kindle users can access 600,000 Kindle ebooks and over 2,000 audiobooks from Amazon’s Audible service. Kindle Unlimited subscribers will be able to access up to 10 books at a time. Titles offered include The Hunger Games series, Tolkein’s classic The Lord of the Rings trilogy and other contemporary bestsellers. However, titles from the "Big Five" (Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, Macmillan and Hachette) are not included, not a big surprise given the current dispute between Amazon and Hachette.

While the service is currently only available to U.S. residents, those eligible will have the option of signing up for a free 30-day trial and a free 90-day audiobook trial. Additionally, readers do not need a Kindle device to use the service. Readers can continue using devices that support Kindle's free reading apps, including tablets and mobile phones.


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Samhain Publishing Announces Major Changes

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 19, 2014 | PERMALINK

Samhain Publishing has long been a driving force in the romance world thanks to their extensive list of authors, unique books and savviness in the digital market. Today, the company announced a few major changes that mark a new chapter in the publisher’s life.

In an effort to develop stronger industry relationships and stay ahead of the game, Samhain has announced owner Christina Brashear has returned as Publisher, resulting in changes in the editorial staff. Current Publisher Lindsey Faber will now serve as a consultant while Editorial Director Heather Osborn will now act as a freelance editor.

Brashear hopes this reorganization will bring Samhain back to “its roots of finding and publishing best-selling romance writers.” She also pledges to “continue to nurture and support our current authors while looking to find that next generation of best-selling writers…”


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Harlequin To Be Sold To News Corp/HarperCollins

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 02, 2014 | PERMALINK

Harlequin logo

Torstar, Harlequin's parent company, announced today that they will be selling the publishing powerhouse to News Corp., where it will become a division of HarperCollins. Harlequin sold for $455 million (Canadian) and the transaction, which will need clearance under competition law, is scheduled to close by the end of September. Craig Swinwood, Publisher and CEO of Harlequin, is optimistic about the deal: "This transaction will allow Harlequin to continue to operate as a distinct and successful brand within a larger publishing company. We're excited to be able to take full advantage of HarperCollins' robust resources, scale and capabilities to expand the reach of our books and grow our business." Harlequin's headquarters will remain in Canada.


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New Publisher Alert: ReShonda Tate Billingsley & Victoria Christopher Murray's Brown Girls Publishing

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

The business of publishing is always fascinating, especially in this digital age we find ourselves living in. A new development we’re excited about is the creation of Brown Girls Publishing, run by bestselling authors ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray. We wanted to know more about this new venture, and the ladies were kind enough to oblige.

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The cover of Open Door Marriage

Why did you decide to start Brown Girls Publishing?

Our motivation for creating Brown Girls Publishing was the fact that there are so many talented authors who for various reasons, don’t have a publishing deal, or aren’t able to write in genres that are near and dear to them. We also saw an opportunity to introduce some fresh voices in a market where so many genres have become formulaic and repetitive.

Tell us about some of your recent and upcoming releases, and why you decided to publish them?


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Self-Pub Like A Pro: Beverley Kendall Details Her Comprehensive Survey

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

Self-publishing! It’s been the buzz word in the publishing world for quite some time, as authors, editors, agents and more debate just where the future of publishing is heading. To help us all figure it all out, we'll be spotlighting various self-publishing heavy hitters — including authors, editors and industry professionals — here on the RT blog each month with our new Self-Pub Like a Pro column.

So what’s really going on behind the curtain? Author Beverley Kendall recently conducted a comprehensive survey to find out just that, and the results were surprising and illuminating. We got in touch with Beverley to find out more.

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What are the top three most important takeaway points from your survey?

My first takeaway from the results of the survey is that self-publishing definitely isn’t a “get rich quick” scheme. It requires hard work and being successful in it takes time.


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(More) Thoughts on the 50 Shades Of Grey Casting

BY Elisa Verna, SEPTEMBER 03, 2013 | PERMALINK

A lot of people, myself included, have lots of things to say about the recent Fifty Shades of Grey casting announcement, which was unveiled yesterday and confirmed by E.L. James via Twitter. Dakota Johnson will be playing the oh-so-innocent Anastasia Steele, while Charlie Hunnam is taking on the icy role of Christian Grey. Whether or not you enjoyed the books, there's definitely something to be said about the casting for the film adaptation of what is probably one of the most influential novels of the decade.

First, Dakota Johnson as Anastasia "Ana" Steele. I have to be honest, I'd barely heard of Dakota Johnson before yesterday. She's had some roles in a few recent comedies, like the 21 Jump Street film adaptation and The Five-Year Engagement. She also played Kate on the short-lived Fox TV show Ben and Kate and is the daughter of actors Don johnson and Melanie Griffith. The fact that she isn't an established star is good, because it means we won't have to live with Alexis Bledel, who will forever be Rory Gilmore, playing the controversial character. Still, it's a bit hard to see Johnson playing a virginal college student.


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The Publishing Community Remembers Matthew Shear, VP And Publisher Of St. Martin's Press

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 29, 2013 | PERMALINK

The publishing community is grieving today, as Matthew Shear, Executive Vice President and Publisher of St. Matin's Press, passed away earlier this week after a three-year battle with lung cancer. Shear, 57, was one of the earlier supporters of RT, and kept in contact with our founder Kathryn Falk over the years, playfully referring to her and the RT community as "The RT Mafia."

"He was a lovely soul, and we had so many laughs through the years," Falk said today. "Rest in peace, Matthew."

RT's Publisher Carol Stacy said, "My heart aches for the St. Martin's family, who lost a champion of the industry. There are few in the business today who enjoyed publishing like Matthew, with his passion for books and love for the authors. He will be sorely missed."

Prior to working with St. Martin's, Shear was the VP and Publisher of Bantam Doubleday Dell and joined St. Martin's in 1995, where he was named Publisher in 2010. Many authors and industry professionals remembered Shear fondly today. Below are some of their kind words. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Matthew Shear, his family and friends, and the St. Martin's family.

 

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Beth Ciotta, St. Martin's author

 


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RWA Announces The 2013 RITA Award Winners

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 22, 2013 | PERMALINK

On Saturday, the Romance Writers of America announced the winners for the 2013 RITA Awards at the annual conference in Atlanta. We were excited to see a mix of debut authors along with some fan favorites pick up trophies. For those who couldn't attend, you can get a glimpse of the ceremony here. And check out all of the award winning books below. 

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Nominated for Best First Book:


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Self-Publishing On The Rise (No Surprise Here)

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 28, 2013 | PERMALINK

In a recent study regarding the way self-publishing affects the market, Bowker Market Research concluded that self-published works make up 12% of all e-book sales. When looking at specific genres, such as crime, romance and popular fiction, this percentage rises to 20%, which indicates a shift in the way consumers purchase books.

Steve Bohme, UK research director at Bowker, said this research marks the first time the company has “looked at self-publishing in this depth to find out what part it plays” and Bohme hopes this data will enable self-published writers to better navigate the market.

The market can indeed be tricky road to travel, as it is always changing and is heading deeper and deeper into digital territory. With Barnes and Noble’s selection of free Nook books and the extremely low prices of Kindle books on Amazon, more and more consumers are browsing online rather than in store. Since self-published authors release their works primarily in e-format, this enables consumers to discover self-published material easily and quickly. Bowker’s research also shows that online recommendation sections and special e-offers help spotlight self-published works as well.


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