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Dianna Dilworth

Dianna Dilworth is Editor of Mediabistro's digital publishing blog AppNewser and a contributor to GalleyCat. As a freelance writer, she has been covering technology, design and digital marketing for the last decade for publications including: The Architectural Record, The Believer, Businessweek, California Home & Design, DMNews, Dwell and PRWeek. She is also the author of the upcoming book, Mellodrama: The Mellotron Book, from Bazillion Points, a book that will change the way you hear the flutes at the beginning of The Beatles' song "Strawberry Fields Forever."

Fifteen Unpublished Elmore Leonard Stories to be Published Posthumously

authorWeidenfeld & Nicolson and The Orion Publishing Group will publish fifteen previously unpublished stories by the late author Elmore Leonard.

The stories, which will be published in conjunction with HarperCollins, are slated for publication in the fall of 2015.

The works come from Leonard’s early years. Here is more detail from ElmoreLeonard.com: “Largely written during his years as a copywriter at a Detroit advertising agency, these stories find Leonard exploring far-flung locations – from the bars of small-town New Mexico to a military base in Kuala Lumpur – and unforgettable characters, several of whom recur in his published work. With razor-sharp dialogue and headlong pacing, these stories reveal a master who honed his craft from a very young age.”

 

 

Scholastic Education Has Appointed Lee Peters as SVP of Strategic Marketing

12a79c4Lee Peters has joined Scholastic Education as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing. In his new role, Peters is tasked with helping to shape the strategic direction of the division. He will guide the imprint’s marketing and messaging across multiple major product lines, working closely with the Scholastic Education leadership team, as well as marketing and sales teams.

The position is based in New York and Peters will be reporting directly to Margery Mayer, President of Scholastic Education.

Peters brings 20 years of experience in education and technology to his new post. He has worked for Pearson, Microsoft, Certiport, Adobe, Sun Microsystems and ETS.  He comes to Scholastic from Pearson Education, where he served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing, North America, setting the vision and executing on marketing, data, and product.

Comics & Graphic Novels Market Reached $840 Million in 2013

29094Infographic4Web_LGThe market for comics and graphic novels in the U.S. and Canada hit $870 million at retail in 2013, according to a new study from ICv2 and Comichron.

These sales represent growth over the past couple of years. To break it down, the study revealed that comics periodical sales went from $300 million in 2011 to $335 million in 2012; graphic novel sales increased from $390 million in 2011 to $400 million in 2012; and combined comics and graphic novel sales grew from $690 million in 2011 to $735 million in 2012. “It’s great that the comics market has found new ways to grow even as the over-all book and magazine markets remain challenged,” stated Milton Griepp, CEO of ICv2.  “It’s proof of the fundamental entertainment and literary value of the comics medium.”

Here is more details about where these comics are sold from the press release: “According to the report by Comichron and ICv2, comics periodical sales occur primarily in the comics store channel ($340 million) and to a declining degree in the “newsstand” channel ($25 million).  For book format products, well over half of all graphic novel sales ($245 million) occur in the book channel, with a smaller share ($170 million) in the comics store channel.” (Via Publishers Weekly).

Publisher Revenues Up 6.5% in Q1 2014: AAP

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According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot report for the first quarter of 2014, publishers saw total trade sales increase 6.5 percent over the same period for 2013.

The report looked at net revenues for 1218 publishers from January through March 2014. The AAP also revealed that, “In categories, Children’s/Young Adults continued its double-digit growth in publishers’ total net revenue vs the previous period:  +31.5% for Jan-March 2014 over 2013.  Additionally, each of the four C/YA formats (Hardcover, Board Book, Paperback and eBook) showed double-digit growth over the previous quarter.”

The AAP chart embedded above shows total net revenue for the first quarter broken out by format as well as by category.

Lion Forge Comics & IDW Partner to Bring Airwolf & Knight Rider Digital Comics to Print

airwolfLion Forge Comics has teamed up with IDW Publishing to introduce bring its digital comics library into the print comics market. This begins with print editions of the digital comics Airwolf and Knight Rider, which are based on the classic NBC Universal television series.

In addition, IDW has plans to publish a print edition of Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier, inspired by MMA fighter, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The partnership will include additional titles, which will be announced down the road.

“We are excited to be entering this creative endeavor with IDW, a company we feel is on the forefront of progressive publishing,” stated David Steward II, CEO, Lion Forge. “With IDW’s experience and reputation for innovation, this partnership will exponentially  increase Lion Forge’s potential to explore new and unique avenues for our content.”

Apple to Pay $450M in eBook Settlement

doj304Apple has agreed to pay $450 million in damages to put an end to the eBook price fixing case. The company agreed to the settlement last month, but terms of the deal were just disclosed this week.

The Washington Post has more: “The settlement, which would provide $400 million for consumers, is conditioned on the outcome of a pending appeal of a New York federal judge’s ruling last year that Apple was liable for violating antitrust laws. A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York reversing the judge could, under the settlement, either reduce the amount Apple pays to $70 million, with $50 million for consumers, or eliminate payments altogether.”

Apple was found guilty of eBook price fixing in July 2013. A trial was scheduled for this July to determine the damages that Apple would have to pay. Apple lost an appeal in the eBook judgement back in February, and had since been pushing to delay the trial.

Filip Sablik to Head Publishing & Marketing at BOOM! Studios

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Filip Sablik has been promoted from Vice President of Publishing and Marketing at BOOM! Studios to President of Publishing and Marketing at the company.

Sablik joined BOOM! in 2012 after serving as publisher at Top Cow. He got his start in comics back in 2000 when he joined Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2006, he joined Top Cow as VP of Marketing and Sales before his promotion.

BOOM! Studios is home to Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk, Clive Barker’s Next Testament, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ Planet of the Apes, as well as Charles Schulz’ Peanuts, Jim Davis’ Garfield and Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. In his two years at the publisher, Sablik is credited with masterminding the successful 2013 #WeAreBOOM campaign as well as relaunching the company’s website to boom-studios.com, which led to a 100 percent increase in sales. 

“There’s a reason Filip Sablik is recognized as one of the most respected executives in the business,” stated Ross Richie, founder and CEO of BOOM! Studios. “The guy’s a force to be reckoned with and has been instrumental to the company’s growth and critical to our operational excellence as BOOM! expanded.”

Amazon May Have an eBook Subscription Service in the Works

amazon304Amazon may be joining the likes of Scribd and Oyster to offer readers unlimited access to eBooks in exchange for a monthly subscription fee, in the same way that Netflix offers access to movies for paying members.

Community members have been discussing the potential service on the Kindle Boards. It is supposedly called Kindle Unlimited and will allow readers to pay $9.99 a month for unlimited access to Prime books. Posters shared links for the new service on the discussion board, but there is no longer any evidence live on these links. However, there appears to be a “KU” feature in the search menu indicating that perhaps this feature will go live soon.

Amazon already gives free access to streaming movies to Amazon Prime members. In addition, Prime members can borrow one book a month through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library to be read on a Kindle device. (Via The Digital Reader.)

Jon Stewart To Hillary Clinton: “No One Cares About Your Book”

Hillary Clinton was on the Jon Stewart Show last night to discuss her new book Hard Choices.

After making a joke about how long the book is, Stewart came right out and said that no one cares about the book, “They just want to know if you’re running for president,” he said. The former Secretary of State danced around the question and hinted at her interest without confirming that she is running for president.

We’ve embedded the video above for you to check out.

‘Where I Belong’ Holds No. 1 Spot on Self-Published Bestsellers List

whereibelongcoverWhere I Belong (Alabama Summer Book 1) by J. Daniels leads the Self-published Bestsellers List this week for the second week in a row.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. Read more

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