2011 Nebula Award Nominees
The Nebula Award Nominees are out, from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), selecting the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the United States in 2011. My vote is for Kingdom of Gods by N. K. Jemisin for best novel.
50 Books Every Geek Should Read
InsideTech presents a comprehensive list of genre fiction for the geek who works in the industry, or likes to spend his or her time reading Endgadget, Lifehacker or BoingBoing.
Top Ten Horror Books of 2011
Gothic.net presents its top ten horror books of 2011, with some giant-sized covers. Stephen King’s 11/22/63 makes it in at no. 2.
13 Ways to Impress an Agent
Literary agent, Rachelle Gardner, presents a succinct and very useful list of ways to help writers get their foot in the door and make sure an agent at least gets to read your work.
Amazon Pulls IPG E-Books
Amazon, not garnering any support, makes the big decision to pull all ebook titles published by Independent Publishers Group, after IPG refused to kowtow to Amazon: “They decided they didn’t like the terms we offered, and we said, ‘We’re not going to change.’”
Who Controls Your Amazon E-book Price?
Did you know if you’ve listed your ebook to sell on Amazon, they reserve the right to change the price of the list price you selected, and to pay you royalties at that sale price? Jim C. Hines has much to say on this very personal experience with Amazon.
Violating Street Dates
Many books have specific release dates, which can be really important for up and coming authors, as that first week of sales can determine future publishing contracts, how the publisher sees that author through sales of their book, and have a significant effect on their career. So, when Amazon blatantly violates the street date, they lose what little respect they have.
Paypal has given Smashwords (an ebook publisher) an ultimatum over Smashwords offering certain categories of erotica through their site, saying that if the categories are not removed, Paypal will stop doing business with Smashwords.
The Uncertain Times of Books and Publishing
Fantasy author Myke Cole, in this heartfelt guest post, presents the status quo of books and publishing and where it could be headed, and why he’s one of the people fighting to keep it alive and kicking.
Rowling Returns with a New Book
For those who may have been busy with things like work and life this last week not to be online enough and hear the news, here it is again: J. K. Rowling has released the news to the world that she has written a new book, aimed at adults this time. While there is no release date or title yet, she has signed a contract with Little, Brown and Company.