Busy week in publishing (at least for this publishing employee)!
Did someone say contest? Well, it wasn’t me! The very good people over at BookEnds LLC are having what they promise to be a series of contests, and first up is a first-100 words of a mystery contest. Good luck! To BookEnds!
Also hosting a regular contest (of the monthly variety) is Josephine Damian, who recently wrapped up her “Magnificent 7” first page contest, in which she read and critiqued seven first pages and chose a winner. Keep checking for her next contest, which, if my math is right, should be in a month.
Publishers Lunch reports that Borders is unveiling a “concept store” in its hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, which will feature digital kiosks and digital centers and emphasizing digital options in popular categories such as travel, cooking, and children’s books. Could a digital employee who smirks when you buy a romance novel be far behind?
Also via Publishers Lunch, HarperCollins is experimenting with free downloads of certain books, including Paulo Coehlo’s THE WITCH OF PORTOBELLO, and Neil Gaiman is polling his readers to see which of his title should be included. The experiment is aimed at assessing the impact of the availability of free books on book sales. Care to weigh in with predictions?
And finally, if you DON’T already love San Francisco I challenge you to watch the below video and see if your cold, black heart doesn’t change right back to red. Every year on Valentine’s Day San Francisco has the world’s largest pillow fight. I heart SF!
Have a great weekend!