Is New Adult a genre? An illustrator proposes to his girlfriend in his acknowledgments, Amazon’s bestselling list of 2012 is out (spoiler: I’m not on it). Hans Christian Anderson’s once again delighting the world with a fresh story, and we have infographs! Because we know how much our readers here at Cuddlebuggery love their infographs!
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Dang Nammit! What is this fangled New Adult thing?
So here’s a thing everyone is talking about. New Adult, folks! Let’s sell it! Wait…er. What is it? Well since nobody seems to know what Young Adult is, do we have any hope of sussing out the New Adult conundrum?
Well, until then, it sells so let’s not over think it!
But that’s not going to stop people from talking and talking and talking about it. Some are all Yea!
“One of the marketing goals of the term is to catch what editors and agents call the “post-YA reader.” Merrilee Heifetz, an agent at Writers House, who recently sold two books she classified as new adult, said this element is key. “We had this huge boom in the YA market, and now we don’t want to lose those readers. For a teen who was a voracious YA reader [the new adult tag] offers a way to say, here, these books are for you.””
And some are all Nea!
“Kenny Brechner, owner of Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers in Farmington, Maine, said he doesn’t think the term will have much appeal to readers. “If there was a great category name that I thought would attract customer interest and generate sales, I would take it on. I’m not going to try and market something I’m reasonably sure will be perceived as lame.””
Ball’s in your court, readers.
Its the worst kind of problem a zaney book illustrator could face: maintaining expected coupling traditions – but how to make it different?
The answer of course, for Sam Zuppardi, was to slip his marriage proposal into the acknowledgment of his debut children’s book illustrations for, Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe: The Tell-Tale Start.
“Jade has been such a massive support all through the process of my starting to illustrate for children,” Zuppardi says of Jade Amers, his girlfriend of five years. “So putting something [for] her in this book felt really appropriate. Making it into an outright proposal was like one of those happy, light-bulb moments.”
“The proposal was tucked into the acknowledgements in the back of the book rather than showcased in the dedication at the front. “I thought it’d be nicer if it was kind of sneaky,” November recalls. “I also made the decision not to put it in the galleys. My feeling was, if you’re going to propose to your girlfriend this way, you’ve got to do it right…. You do it in the finished book.””
Okay, I lied but writing the title made me feel better for a moment before delving into the reality of the list. Actually Fifty Shades is on it twice. Which, as it turns out, is exactly how many times it takes before I weep for humanity.
1. “Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy” by E.L. James
2/ “Gone Girl: A Novel” by Gillian Flynn
3. “Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed 3-volume Boxed Set” by E.L. James
4. “Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel” by Sylvia Day
5. “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden” by Mark Owen
6. “The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire)” by Jennifer Probst
7. “Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel” by Sylvia Day
8. “The Racketeer” by John Grisham
9. “Defending Jacob: A Novel” by William Landay
10. “The Innocent” by David Baldacci
So put your hand up if you love infographics! Because I just flipping love those things. Can’t get enough of them. Even better? An infographic about publishing! Well, 3D Issue is here to meet all your Publishing/Infographics needs.
Even better? There’s an emerging trends section! I flipping LOVE emerging trends!
Although, it would seem there are those willing to take advantage of our vast love for information presented with cute graphics and trendy colour schemes.
Because, ya know, SEO scammers are a thing and they like using Infographics. But since I don’t know what an SEO is or what it does or why it matters, I’m just going to nod along and smile politely.
Self-Published Best Sellers List
Self-publishing a book isn’t for the faint of heart. It can be a difficult journey filled with its own set of unique challenges different from those who attempt to traditionally publish their novel. So every time Kat and I see a bestselling self-published list, we can’t help but to salute these rockstars!
For the week of December 10th 2012:
1. The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
2. Stop the Wedding! by Stephanie Bond
3. The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders
4. Accidentally on Purpose by L.D. Davis
5. Fade into You by Kate Dawes
6. Rock the Heart by Michelle A. Valentine
7. Some Kind of Wonderful by Barbara Freethy
8. All In by Raine Miller
9. Fade Into Me by Kate Dawes
10. Fade into Always by Kate Dawes
1. His Every Choice by Kelly Favor
2. DISARM by June Gray
3. ENGAGE by June Gray
4. BESIEGE by June Gray
5. RETREAT by June Gray
6. The Henry Sessions by June Gray
7. Chosen by Denise Grover Swank
8. Here by Denise Grover Swank
9. The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
10. Wanted by Kelly Elliott
1. Spinward Fringe Broadcast 7: Framework by Randolph Lalonde
2. With Everything I Am by Kristen Ashley
3. Into the Hollow by Karina Halle
4. Incendiary: The Premonition Series (Volume 4) by Amy A. Bartol
5. Come A Little Bit Closer: The Sullivans by Bella Andre
6. Wisdom by Amanda Hocking
7. Something in the Wine by Jae
8. The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
9. Settling the Account by Shayne Parkinson
10. Malice In Wonderland by HP Mallory
European Comission Whoops Apple’s Ass (and some other publishers were involved)
So the times, they are a changing. At least for European ebook users. The European commission has approved commitments from Apple, Hachette, Harper, Simon & Schuster and Macmillian to stop regulating the prices of ebooks.
“The commission has been investigating the publishers Hachette Livre, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan, together with Apple, over “a suspected concerted practice aimed at raising retail prices for ebooks in the European Economic Area”, in breach of EU antitrust rules. It found that Amazon and other retailers were faced with “what we suspect was a concerted and coordinated demand” by the four publishers to agree to the so-called agency model, which allows publishers rather than retailers to set the prices of ebooks, and said that “the coordination of commercial behaviour between competitors – here, with the help of Apple – is forbidden by our competition rules”.”
So now the natural market is free to allow Amazon to take over everything. Which is strange considering Amazon is only the cheapest option for their top twenty list. Books outside are easily beaten by alternatives.
Han’s debut tale may have been found by experts in Denmark. This leads to classic questions like, did old Hansie make rookie mistakes? Does it stand up to his other work, and is it just as freaky as his other tales.
“The Tallow Candle was discovered by local historian Esben Brage in the dense private archives of the Plum family, revealed Danish paper Politiken, which printed the story in its entirety today. Brage was in the reading room at the National Archive for Funen in Odense when he stumbled across a small, yellowing piece of paper at the bottom of a box and realised it might be important. Two months later, experts have now confirmed that the story was written by Andersen.”
Interesting! But can you prove it?
“And I am in no doubt that it has been written by Andersen.” Experts Bruno Svindborg of the Royal Library and Professor Johan de Myliu have also agreed the text was written by Andersen.
Oh. Fine. The experts are convinced.
Apparently the story isn’t as polished and mature as Andersen’s other works. Oh well. Everyone has to start somewhere!
Amy Tintera’s Reboot about to have a movie reboot
Tintera’s upcoming sci-fi book, Reboot is looking at getting a movie adaptation.
“Chernin Entertainment is producing Reboot, an edgy YA story set after the world becomes infected with a deadly virus and killer slave soldiers are created from dead teenagers. Two re-animated teens decide to band together to fight the organization responsible.”
The book is due to come out in May 2013.
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.The perfect soldier is done taking orders.
Interesting! Can’t wait to see how this goes!
Monument 14 Gets a Movie Deal
Hollywood has apparently figured out there is a thing with YA books being made into movies. These says movie deals seem to be popping up left and right like wild daisies. This time it’s Emily Laybourne’s Monument 14. It’s about a group of teens that gets trapped inside what’s best described as a Super Walmart while on the outside the world goes to hell in a hand basket. What a fantastic idea. I’m totally heading for my local Walmart when the apocalypse hits. Reel FX and Andrew Adamson’s Strange Weather have acquired the screen rights, with Brad Peyton to adapt.
“As soon as I read the first chapter, I knew I wanted to do this movie,” said Peyton, who last helmed Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. “It’s such a great concept and the kids felt real to me. The whole experience of living through the end of the world is an exciting one to try to capture on film, especially from such an original perspective.”
Neither Kat or I have read the book, but the premise sounds interesting!
Cassandra Clare Teaming up with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson Collaborating on Original Novel
Okay, ha! Just joking again. They’re working on a digital short stories series entitled The Bane Chronicles – which is, as you probably guessed, an off-shoot of The Mortal Instrument series focusing on fan-favourite character, Magnus Bane.
“This spin-off series, set in Clare’s “Shadownhunters” universe, profiles the character Magnus Bane. Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint at Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, will publish the first title in February 2013. Each of the ten Bane installments will come out on a monthly basis leading up to the release of The Mortal Instruments film adaptation. In 2014, the publisher will release a single volume containing all ten stories.”
This is, obviously, exciting news for TMI fans who are always eager for more room to play in their preferred fantasy series. However, it has, once again, caused outcry from other fans who feel taken advantage of. Multiple negative comments have cropped up on Goodreads. Even from fans of the series.
In total, The TMI novels seem to keep piling up. In addition to this short, digital serial there are six of the original Mortal Instrument books, though that series was supposed to be a trilogy, and a Shadow Hunter guide. Then there is the Infernal Devices series which also takes place in TMI world at an earlier date. The Dark Artifices series is a planned spinoff that Clare signed to earlier this year. The Shadow Hunter’s Codex is due to be released Nov 2012. This, in addition to the Manga adaptation and the movie that is currently being shot. It’s a lot for one, originally planned trilogy, but ultimately good news for those still willing to partake in the world Clare has made.
Say what you want about the book blogging community, but they sure are passionate about matters that are important to them, and white washing of book covers is one of those things. But this also a case that’s a little more complicated than it seems.
Race representation on book covers is unfortunately limited. However, the race of actual characters is increasingly diversifying. However authors often, unfairly, shoulder some of the blame for the covers of their books that aren’t as diverse as their stories are. YALSA ran a post this week about race on covers. White washing is always worth discussing because intelligent and thoughtful discourse on this subject is imperative to the changing way we reflect the world through literature.
The article itself was not without criticism, particularly from the authors of the work mentioned. Diana Peterfreund wrote this response to the post. What do you guys think?