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How Bestselling Authors Use Email To Interact with Readers

At BookExpo America last week, Copyright Clearance Center business development director Chris Kenneally led a panel discussion called “Self-Publishing: Disruptor or Defender of the Book Business?”

You can watch the CSPAN coverage of the event online. During the session, Carina Press executive director Angela James explained how some bestselling self-published writers succeed by collecting reader emails–but not for sending spammy messages. James explained:

I would [suggest] communicating with your readers.  We have found a lot of self-published authors.  I’ve heard Bella Andre, for instance, speak to this, and also Marie Force, who’s very successful in self-publishing, talk about just the idea of responding to every reader correspondence, being out where the readers are …. I see Colleen Lindsay from Penguin practically shaking her head off – totally agree with me.  Being where your readers are and talking to them and responding to them is actually your best publicity, more than an advertisement, more than just blasting on social media.  It’s actually communicating with your readers and fostering a relationship, because they will become – I don’t like to use this term, but your street team, basically, and they will do your publicity for you.

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GalleyCatnip: Edwidge Danticat Will Miss the Oprah Winfrey Show

20091120-tows-why-oprah-end-talk-show-290x218.jpgFor your weekend reading pleasure, here some publishing news briefs…

Oprah Winfrey announced today that she will end her popular show in 2011, closing the televised side of the most influential book club in America. Author Edwidge Danticat told the Wall Street Journal why she will miss the club: “When she calls to tell you that your book has been selected for the book club, she sounds so excited that you feel as though she’s both your ideal reader and your biggest cheerleader.”

To write its embargo-breaking scoop about Sarah Palin‘s memoir (which has reportedly sold 300,000 copies already), the AP ripped, scanned, and mined the text for juicy tidbits.

Kat Meyer interviewed Angela James, the executive editor for Carina Press on Twitter for her weekly Follow Reader Twitter chat. Read the whole exchange at #followreader.

Why author and literary blogger Maud Newton is writing a novel instead of a memoir.

Angela James to Helm Digital Press at Harlequin

AngelaJamesheadshot23.jpgToday Harlequin Enterprises announced the formation of Carina Press, a digital-only imprint with a special contract that “does not include an advance or DRM (Digital Rights Management), and authors are compensated with a higher royalty.”

The imprint will begin publishing in Spring 2010, focusing on romance and erotic romance. Angela James (pictured) will serve as executive editor of the new press. James has served as copy editor at the digital publisher, Ellora’s Cave and managed the publisher’s editorial services division at Samhain Publishing. Most recently, she worked on the now-disbanded digital outfit, Quartet Press.

Here’s more about submission guidelines: “Carina Press is currently accepting submissions in all genres of commercial fiction. Carina Press will 
consider shorter stories, genre novels of 50,000 to 100,000 words and longer, and complex narratives of over 100,000 words. Carina Press will also acquire books that have been previously released in print form, but for which the author has either retained digital rights or had digital rights revert to them. All submissions should be sent to submissions [at] carinapress [dot] com.”

Quartet Press Hires Angela James

AngelaJamesheadshot23.jpgYesterday Quartet Press announced that Angela James has joined the company as editorial director, acquiring titles while training and managing editorial staff.

James has served as copy editor at the digital publisher, Ellora’s Cave. More recently, she managed the publisher’s editorial services division at Samhain Publishing, editing 50 authors that included Lucy Monroe, Ilona Andrews and Deidre Knight.

Quartet co-founder, Kassia Krozser had this statement: “Her vision of digital publishing meshes perfectly with the Quartet Press philosophy, and her focus on the best possible reading experience means she’s always exploring new ways to connect books and readers. She is a leader in the digital publishing industry, both within the world of romance and the wider publishing community.”

Rogue Digital Conference!

rogue.jpgThis year’s Romance Writers of America annual conference will not focus on digital publishing, as GalleyCat editor Ron Hogan summarized in an essay last month.

A number of writers, publishers, and readers have organized a rogue digital conference on July 16 at 8 a.m. in the same hotel. Entitled “Think Fresh, Think Digital,” the line-up includes Sarah Wendell of SmartBitchesTrashyBooks, (who was quite recently profiled), Jane Litte from Dear Author, Angela James, executive editor of Samhain Publishing, and the authors Maya Banks and Lauren Dane.

Here’s more from the post: “While we have some great sponsors including: Books on Board, Red Sage Publishing, Samhain Publishing, Quartet Press, and Smart Bitches, this is a streamlined event and we would ask you to bring your own tea, coffee, hashbrowns or donuts. That’s right, it’s BYOTCH-D.”