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Quirk Books is “Looking for Love” with $10,000 unpublished love story fiction contest
June 19, 2013 | 10:45 am

Quirk Books[PRESS RELEASE] Quirk Books has announced its "Looking for Love" fiction contest and invites writers to submit unpublished novel-length manuscripts containing a love story. The prize is publication by Quirk Books and a $10,000 advance against royalties. Since 2009, Quirk's fiction program has introduced readers to YA fantasy (including the #1 New York Times best seller Miss Peregrine 's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs), and Edgar Award-winning mystery (The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters), and epic masterpieces of zombie literature (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith). "We’ve had a lot of success with our fantasy and horror titles," says Quirk Books Publisher Jason Rekulak, "but we’re eager...

Simon & Schuster to publish more reworked Twilight fanfic
November 8, 2012 | 8:04 pm

Ever since reworked Twilight fanfic Fifty Shades of Grey hit bookstore shelves and immediately burned a path up the charts, many publishers have been giving more serious consideration to fanfic. Might it make a decent source of publishable stories, a sort of Internet slushpile they could mine for nuggets at their leisure? But it seems that history shows yet again that you can always count on someone to learn the wrong lesson: If one Twilight fanfic is able to strike it big, why not try again with another one? A Simon & Schuster imprint has just made a “substantial” book deal...

Twilight fanfic, pulling to publish, and the fandom gift economy
June 19, 2012 | 10:29 pm

Doctor Science, the blogger who wrote a couple of installments on the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon last month that I blogged about at the time, actually wrote a third piece, which I only just noticed when I went back to check references for the fanfic article I posted earlier. The first two parts talked about “the decline of the publishing industry,” indicating that (at least in some cases) fans were providing a lot better value when it came to editing fanfics than publishers were to editing submitted manuscripts. (Not surprising, in light of a study showing that...

Fifty Shades of Grey and the decline of the publishing industry
April 22, 2012 | 11:49 pm

Related to the Kristine Kathryn Rusch post of earlier today comes an interesting series of posts on the blog Obsidian Wings about the Twilight-fanfic-turned-pro novel Fifty Shades of Grey. In the first part, blogger “Doctor Science” summarizes a long post and follow-up elsewhere by Tom Simon on the overall decline of the publishing industry. The overall point is that publishers (though I suspect he’s talking mainly about the Big Six publishers here, not smaller or independent publishers) are providing a whole lot less value than they used to in return for what they take. But Science also links to that “publishing...

New York Times bestselling erotic novel originally launched as FF.net fanfic
March 11, 2012 | 8:15 pm

50-shades-of-grey-oYou may have heard the T.S. Eliot quote that says mediocre writers borrow, but good writers steal. Sometimes this can be astonishingly literal: PaidContent reports on a New York Times bestselling erotic novel that started out as alternate-universe Twilight fanfic, originally posted in its entirety to (though later deleted from) fanfiction hosting site FF.net. The novel, Fifty Shades of Grey by British author E.L. James, reimagined Twilight set in contemporary Seattle, apparently without the supernatural elements found in the original vampire novels: instead of a werewolf, Edward is a “masterful billionaire with secret sexual predilections.” Presumably the published...

Judging books by their thickness: ‘Kids won’t read that!’
January 28, 2012 | 2:09 pm

harry-potter-spinesWe know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but what about by its spine? On the Scholastic “On Our Minds” blog, Jessica writes about the common misconception that kids won’t read books that are too lengthy. But she notices there is significant evidence that this is a misconception. Look at some of the titles being read by kids and teens.  Besides the Steve Jobs book weighing in at 656 pages, the smallest book in the Twilight series clocked in at just fewer than 500 pages.  The rest of them were bigger.  The...

Twilight publisher drops e-book price after consumer protests
August 20, 2010 | 1:48 am

twilight The UK e-book price of the last Twilight novel, Breaking Dawn, has been “defanged” by consumer protests. The Bookseller reports that publisher Little, Brown is dropping its e-book price from £13.99 ($21.79 at current exchange rates) to £4.49 ($6.99). Graeme Neill of The Bookseller writes: Publishers have said they want to see e-books priced at close to parity with the prevalent print edition, but the publisher has been criticised by customers on Apple's iBookstore for its pricing of Breaking Dawn, with the Kindle edition available for £3.59 [$5.59], and the hardback priced at £7.49...

New Twilight novella free to read on-line for 30 days
June 9, 2010 | 12:22 am

breetanner Stephenie Meyer has released a Twilight novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, as a free-to-read-online e-book that will be available until July 5th. The book can only be read on-line, not downloaded to a computer or e-book reader; a Kindle version is being sold by Amazon (and an iBooks version by Apple) for $9.99 (though the physical book is only $7.54) where it is currently #4 on the paid bestseller list. I’ve complained vociferously in the past about free e-books that aren’t really free, and this just seems to be more of the same. It...