Okay, I seriously need a day between Saturday and Sunday that no one knows about but me.
No, really. I’d love to have 24 hours of uninterrupted blog posting because there’s just so much I want to share with you about my recent trip to BookExpo America in New York City and so many books I’ve recently read and need to review.
Welcome to today’s Hump Day Books Post. It’s Wednesday. Let’s talk books.
BookExpo America (BEA) was a blast – but hands down, the best part was connecting with friends at BookBuzz.
I especially enjoyed rooming with book blogger extraordinaire, Melissa Amster of Chick Lit Central and meeting fellow book blogger, Marlene Engel of Book Mama Blog. The three of us walked back to our hotels after the BookBuzz event, stopping long enough to snap this late night photo:
(From L to R) Melissa Amster, Julie Valerie, Marlene Engel
BookBuzz organizers Meredith Schorr (on left in photo below), Samantha Stroh Bailey (center) and Francine LaSala (right) did a great job of organizing the event. Here’s a late night photo (it’s dark, I know) taken after the event: It was so great connecting with these great writers featured at this event: Francine LaSala * Samantha Stroh Bailey *Meredith Schorr * Holly Peterson * Cat Lavoie * Lydia Laceby * Chantel Guertin * Samantha March * Glynis Astie * Sheryn MacMunn * Lynn Marie Hulsman * k.c. wilder * Marissa Stapley * Heather Wardell * Deborah Schwartz Okay, okay, I know. Another lousy photo. But hey! I’m sorry… It was dark and it was late. Oh, who’m I kidding? I took lousy photos the entire week. Oh, dang.
On to BookExpo America (BEA) . . . My gosh, was it crowded. A few highlights from BookExpo:
Interested in distributing your book far and wide? Keep an eye on the HOOPLA platform from Midwest Tape and its new app for ebook lending in the library market. Right now, much of the lending in the library market is a one copy/one user model but HOOPLA will work more like Netflix offering library readers instant availability, 24/7, and every time a book is borrowed the publisher gets paid. While this model of book lending is offered by other vendors, Midwest Tape has captured approximately 70% of the library media materials market so their entry will make waves.
I didn’t get a chance to really dive in and learn more about rights@pubmatch powered by RightsLink – but they sure caught my eye for their complete rights system and one-stop-shopping website. Originally launched April 1, 2014 this service is on my list of things I want to know more about. Here’s a little snippet from their website:
“For large publishers, it means giving new life to your mid and backlist titles that aren’t actively being sold anymore. For independent authors, it means being able to sell rights without the need for representation. For agents, it presents a whole new model for selling rights.”
June is Audiobook Month and SYNC www.audiobooksync.com is giving away two audiobook YA downloads each week for the summer (ending August 14, 2014).
I learned about them at BookExpo and this is what I found interesting:
(1) the pairing of a Young Adult title with a related Classic or required Summer Reading title; (2) the marketing toolbox developed to promote the program; (3) the idea that this format of promotion could be duplicated for other genres, too.
Participants registering for the Summer Reading Program online will find a complete tool kit to share the program at their school, blog, youth group or local library. Readers can text syncya to 25827 to receive text alerts about featured titles. (Requires OverDrive Media Console as the delivery software.)
June 19 – June 25, 2014 I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU by Ally Carter, read by Renee Raudman (Brilliance Audio) – paired with – ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery, read by Colleen Winton (Post Hypnotic Press).
July 31 – August 6, 2014 DIVIDED WE FALL by Trent Reedy, read by Andrew Eiden et al. (Scholastic Audiobooks) – paired with – RED BADGE OF COURAGE by Stephen Crane, read by Frank Muller (Recorded Books).
I still drive around town thinking about the pairings and imaging which women’s fiction books I’d pair with others were I to organize an event like this.
Now for some specific book news I’m sharing this week:
JUNE 30, 2014 BOOK RELEASE: Fallen For Rock by Nicky Wells
Fans of UK author Nicky Wells and her Romance that Rocks Your World novels will be thrilled to learn her fifth book, FALLEN FOR ROCK releases this month. Love, life, loyalties. Nothing stays the same when Emily gets drawn into the world of rock. “A thrilling and delicious story of love and self-discovery woven around a broken romance that will make you turn page after page and cheer to the end.” (Warning: FALLEN FOR ROCK contains some explicit content and strong language that may not be suitable for readers under eighteen years of age.)
Connect with Nicky: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Romantic Novelists’ Association | Sapphire Star Publishing | Amazon | Goodreads |
NEW COVER REVEAL: Big news from three-time author Meredith Schorr: New cover for the fantastic BLOGGER GIRL novel. I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing two of Meredith’s novels: BLOGGER GIRL (read it here) and A STATE OF JANE (read it here). What I really love about the new cover is the incorporation of Meredith’s other two books. JUST FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS is on the billboard in light blue and A STATE OF JANE is in blogger girl’s red shopping bag. So super cute!
Connect with Meredith: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads |
RELEASED ON iAUTHOR: BEWARE THE SEVENTH WAVE by Maureen Gregory – ready to discover on iAuthor.
Click HERE to browse and buy.
About the book: In the novel deceit, obsessive love, betrayal and murder are threaded alongside the fabric of normal life. Emma is convinced she has found the man of her dreams, until she suspects her lover may have a darker side. Was he a cold, calculated killer or a victim in someone else’s deadly game?
Emma believes she will uncover the truth, but are some lies better left undiscovered?
Connect with Maureen: Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads |
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OKAY! So that’s it for today’s Hump Day Books Post. (Whew! I’m exhausted.)
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