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October 2014
A Message from Kristin Nelson

Frankfurt Book Fair

Kristin Nelson

For this year’s Fair, the guest of honor is Finland, a country of about 5.4 million people, all of whom are active readers and library patrons.

So why is it that we’ve only sold a few titles into translation for Finland? Could be that they prefer their homegrown authors to works in translation. Goodness knows, that’s true for a lot of Americans!

Meanwhile, perhaps you’ll want to check out Finland’s most celebrated writer, Aleksis Kivi. And although you might not recognize the name Tove Jansson, I’m betting you know some of the characters created by this Finnish illustrator.

I’ll be doing a lot of listening at this year’s fair to see what is working abroad.

Pub Rants University

Agent Reads the Slush Pile Intensive – 2014-11-19

Wednesday, November 19 at 6:00 - 8:30 PM MT

Class Limit: 15

Requirement: Attendees must use a phone for audio to call in and actively participate.

Please note:

  • This Webinar is primarily a workshop and does not constitute a query letter submission for NLA to request sample pages.
  • This Webinar is for works of fiction only. Non-fiction works will not be considered.

Have you ever wondered what an agent is thinking when he or she is reading the slush pile? What makes an agent stop or read on? If you’ve ever wanted an inside look at this process, then this webinar is for you. During this webinar, Kristin Nelson will read a slush pile–sample pages submitted in advance by our fifteen webinar participants–and give honest feedback about why she would or wouldn’t request more pages.

Previous attendees of this workshop have said “Hearing a top agent reading the slush pile in real time gave an interesting perspective that was quite different from having one’s work critiqued by another writer or a beta reader committed to reading a certain amount of our work. Stakes are better defined!”

In this intensive version of Kristin’s popular webinar, every registered particpant’s sample pages will be read.

Registered participants will receive instructions for submitting the first two pages of their novels. Pages should include the work’s title and genre, but not the author’s name (submissions are to remain anonymous). In random order, we will display submissions on screen and read them aloud. If Kristin would have stopped reading, she’ll say so and explain why in an honest but constructive manner. If she makes it all the way to the end of the second page, she’ll highlight why she liked it enough to read on.

Warning: This workshop is not for the faint of heart. Participants need to be sure that they are ready to hear blunt, honest criticism, however nicely it is delivered. The point of this workshop is not to dishearten writers but to give them a clear, inside look at how an agent really reads the slush pile.

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Is HarperCollins Pitting Authors Against Booksellers?

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Just this week, HarperCollins announced that they would give authors a royalty incentive (35% of net instead of 25% of net) on any sales of an individual author’s book(s) that are sold via an affiliate link to HarperCollins’ new consumer-facing branded book retail site.

In other words, if the author is directly responsible for the sale, they get a higher royalty percentage. (Note: this only holds true for sales of books by the author. Authors can’t provide HarperCollins links to other author books and get an affiliate commission on the sale.)

To sum up, authors are rewarded if the sale is made directly through their publisher.

So does that pit authors against booksellers?

In my mind, the answer is no. Here’s why. HarperCollins is not mandating that their authors provide and feature ONLY links to the HarperCollins’ branded retail site.

HC is simply asking that the link be included along with all the other retail links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google, Indiebound (the consortium of independent booksellers), etc.

If HarperCollins mandated that authors could only use their links on websites, newsletters, and email blasts, that could create a problem.

But it does raise another interesting thought. If Publishers have online storefronts? Are they in direct competition with booksellers? After all, they are now selling direct-to-consumers.

(By the way, Publishers have always had the ability to sell directly to readers via mail order, phone sales, catalog, and special sales, but it hasn’t been a big revenue avenue in the past, except for some specific titles.)

That answer is probably yes, if a publisher’s retail store starts building real market share.

Kristin's Book Club

Mixed Feelings?

Book Club has had a lot of scheduling difficulties in September going into October, but we will be meeting October 17 to discuss Kate Atkinson’s LIFE AFTER LIFE.

Just from the emails circulated to nail down date, book clubbers are reporting mixed feelings on this title.

I guess on Friday over margaritas I’ll find out why!

Right now I’m in Frankfurt for the Book Fair, and I mentioned to a Canadian friend which book we are reading. She professed to loving the book.

Could it be an American thing? Now that is an interesting question.

For those of you reading ahead, our next pick is the nonfiction title DRUNK TANK PINK: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think by Adam Alter

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