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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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Tags: Publishing Industry News, RT Daily Blog, Erotica
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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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Harlequin Makes Waves At BEA 2013

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 17, 2013 | PERMALINK

On the evening of Wednesday, May 29, Harlequin was in full-force at BookExpo America. The publisher's titles were showcased at not one, but two parties in Manhattan. The first party was the Harlequin High Tea at the historic Woolworth Building. Then, Harlequin and Cosmopolitan magazine co-hosted the launch of their new e-book imprint, Cosmo Red Hot Reads, featuring one of today's hottest romance authors: Sylvia Day. If you missed the events, or could only make one, read on for photos and details of all the fun that was had!

Harlequin editors and bloggers gathered for High Tea to discuss the hottest upcoming reads which included a paranormal series from Diana Palmer, Bella Andre's Sullivan series and Jason Mott's science fiction/fantasy novel The Returned.

Angela James, Carina Press' Editorial Director, was on hand to talk about great e-book releases including Stephanie Tyler's New Adult dystopian series starter Defiance.

Sweet treats and roses decorated the room.

And free books were handed out!


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Brenda Jackson Secures Director For The Film Adaptation Of A Silken Thread

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 07, 2013 | PERMALINK

We've got great news for Brenda Jackson fans — the movie adaptation of the author's A Silken Thread now has a director. Debbie Allen, who's worked on many television shows including Grey's Anatomy and The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, will be adapting Jackson's 2011 contemporary romance, about a man and a woman destined to be together, until the woman's mother uncovers a painful secret about her future son-in-law.

Jackson couldn't be happier about the partnership saying, "I spoke with Ms. Allen a few moments ago and she indicated that she is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring my book to the big screen. We had a wonderful conversation and I believe she will do a great job directing the movie."

Director Debbie Allen with Leon Youngblood, Sr.


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BookExpo America 2013: Workshops, Signings, Parties And More!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 06, 2013 | PERMALINK

Last week BookExpo America, the largest annual book trade fair in the U.S., hit New York City. The RT staff braved the crowds of bloggers, authors, readers and publishers that packed into the Javits Center to attend industry events and discuss the future of publishing. And what was on everyone's mind? Lots and lots of e-talk — digital formats are more popular than ever before — and the Young Adult genre. However, the conference wasn't all business. We also took time for some late night fun at parties where we mingled with authors, editors and more. Next week we will bring you an insider look at several events, but first, check out some photos we snapped at BEA 2013.

Workshops about social networking, digital formats and industry trends were packed. 

 

Mary Higgins Clark signed her newest book chatted with readers. 

 


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Amazon's Kindle Worlds Allows Fan Fiction Writers To (Legally) Sell Their Work

BY Cyndy Aleo, MAY 22, 2013 | PERMALINK

Amazon has some big news for fan fiction authors and readers alike this morning, announcing the launch of Kindle Worlds.

The e-commerce company's latest project is an online platform for fan fiction authors (writers who use characters or settings created by someone other then themselves) to publish — and sell — their creations. On Kindle Worlds, these new works will be licensed, with profits shared by the fan fiction authors and original creators.

The launch is specific to certain fandoms — Warner Brothers Television Group's Alloy Entertainment division's Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, and Pretty Little Liars. While these franchises are all teen focused, Amazon anticipates adding more licenses "soon" so perhaps we will get adult centered worlds. 


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Tags: Publishing Industry News, E-Book
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