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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Industry News

Megan DiMaria is Novel Rocket’s industry news columnist. An author and speaker, she enjoys cheering on writers and loves to encourage others as they journey through life’s demands and delights. Megan is the author of two women’s fiction novels, Searching for Spice and Out of Her Hands

Welcome to the October edition of Novel Rocket’s industry news. Is it just me, or has this year flown by? Anyway, there's still plenty of 2015 left and goals to be conquered. Onward, friends!

  • Sales of print books rose in 2015. For more info . . . 
  • The LYRA Contest (to promote excellence in independent fiction by recognizing outstanding independently published eBooks) is open. For more details . . . 
  • The Christian Book Awards are now open to submissions. For more info . . . 
  • Deckle Edge, South Carolina’s newest Literary Festival, to launch early next year. For more info . . . 
  • Audiobook publisher Blackstone to expand into print with the launch of Blackstone Publishing. For more info . . .
  • Random House launches The Smitten Word, an email newsletter all about romance books, authors, and romance news. For more info . . . 
  • Remember Oyster, the Netflix of books? Well they’ve announced they’re closing in 2016. For more info. . . 
  • A viewpoint from the NY Times: “E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead.” For more info . . . 
  • And another opinion: “No, e-book sales are not falling, despite what publishers say.” For more info . . .  
  • And a third opinion: “From Books to Ebooks and Back: The Future of Literary Consumption Is Unwritten.” For more info . . . 
  • I’d like a cabernet sauvignon, please: Harlequin is now in the wine business. For more info . . . 
  • Author and founding editor of the religion department at Publishers Weekly, Phyllis Tickle, dies. For more info . . . 
  • American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) celebrates Christian fiction at annual conference and announce Carol Award and Genesis winners. For more info. . . 
  • Barbour Publishing partners with Teal Press in the U.K. For more info . . . 
  • New digital publishing venture, Serial Box, aims to be the HBO for readers (with serialized genre fiction). For more info . . . 
  • Another e-book price-fixing case against Apple? For more info . . . 
  • Startup Juggernaut to pursue mobile phone publishing. For more info . . .  
  • The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is feeling positive “going into the holiday season.” For more info . . . 
  • Authors Guild survey reveals that most authors’ earnings fall below the poverty line. For more info . . .  
  • So I guess we should readjust expectations when it comes to being a successful writer. For more info. . . 
  • The 2015 PEN Literary Awards announced. For more info . . .  
  • Not exactly news, but good info: ten tech tools for writers. For more info . . . 
  • Also, here’s 16 Facebook groups for writers you don’t want to miss. 
  • Pelican Book Group to launch new imprint, Crossover Books, with stories that appeal to non-Christians but intrinsically convey Christian principles. Info soon to come here.
  • 2015 National Book Awards Longlist revealed. For more info . . . 
  • The Pew Research Center’s survey reveals libraries are still important to communities. For more info . . . 
  • Good news, bookstore sales rose in July. For more info . . . 
  • And independent booksellers also did well. For more info . . . 
  • “Might consumers see e-book refunds from Apple in time for the holidays?” For more info . . . 
  • Family Christian Stores seek to repair relationships with vendors. For more info . . . 
  • Financial figures paint a grim picture for Barnes & Noble, but they’re still hopeful. For more info . . .  
Have a great month, friends. Write on!

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