PUBLISHING NEWSBITS – Feb 2014

Writer News

 Yes, things here at the old Faith, Hope and Grace blog look a little different! Updated for the new year and a growing business, the name of the blog is changed to Words Count – but I’ll still get the latest in writing-related information to you! Remember, you can drop editing and indie publishing questions to me at Nancy@ontargetwords.com. 

Writing is a business – so here are a few articles of encouragement about the business of writing a book! Keep reading and writing! N. Quatrano

Kobo Revenues Up 44% in 2013, User base up 50%

Amazon might not be releasing any interesting details about Kindle Store sales in 2013, but luckily for us Rakuten is more generous. This international retail conglomerate held their annual stockholders meeting on Friday, and they released a few details about Kobo.
Rakuten bought Kobo in late 2011, and while they’ve always been somewhat cagey about financial details they have in the past shared a few nuggets of info. For example, in their 2012 annual report Rakuten told us that Kobo revenues were up 143%, and that at the end of 2012 Kobo had 12 million users.
…For the complete article, visit Publishing Business Today: http://bit.ly/1cWBaF3

First Carla Furstenberg Cohen Lit Prize Winners Revealed
Feb 18, 2014

The family and close friends of Politics & Prose cofounder Carla Cohen announced today the establishment of a new literary prize in her memory, along with its first two winners. The 2013 prize, awarded annually to authors of first or second books in fiction and nonfiction, went to Anthony Marra for his first novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and David Finkel for his second book, Thank You for Your Service. Each winner will be awarded $5,000.
This year’s fiction judges included Politics & Prose cofounder Barbara Meade, longtime friend and buyer for the store Mark LaFramboise, and National Book Award-winning novelist Howard Norman. Nonfiction judges included Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Atkinson, longtime national public radio producer Darcy Bacon, and America’s Promise president and CEO John Gomperts. Jurors were chosen by a board made up Cohen’s friends and family. Neither the Cohen family nor the Politics and Prose current owners, Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine, and staff had or will have a veto over the selections.
……For the complete article, visit Publishers Weekly at: http://bit.ly/1bJtaMY

Hallmark Channel to Adapt Harlequin Author Sherryl Woods’ Novels For TV

The Hallmark Channel has partnered with Harlequin author Sherryl Woods to develop Chesapeake Shores, a series of romance novels, into a prime-time series that is slated to launch in 2015.

The novels are about the O’Brien family, an Irish American family living on the Chesapeake Bay in a town founded by the family. The TV series will focus on the drama surrounding the reuniting of the O’Brien family after years apart.
The deal comes after Harlequin just extended its contract with Woods. As a part of this deal, Woods will write two new Chesapeake Shores books in 2015, which may be published when the TV series launched.
…….For the full article, visit GalleyCat: http://bit.ly/1e57i96

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About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014.
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