Meet the Burrowing Owl. He has recently lost his mate to a large predator that is hunting in his treacherous natural habitat. How will he survive in this dangerous wilderness alone? This is a story of love lost… and survival.Add a Comment
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Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you! My new release is coming October 21st and it's going to be on sale for $.99! This is the first book in the Starlight Chronicles and I'm very excited about this series! Check out the excerpt below! A great YA read! Lark Singer’s relationship with her mother is prickly to say the least. As she enters a musical competition that couldAdd a Comment
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Let the hunt begin!
Curse of the Granville Fortune officially releases into the world today! This middle grade fantasy adventure involves a race to a treasure, so there's a scavenger hunt to celebrate.
But first, check out the cover and blurb:
They've announced the shortlists for the Augustpriset, one of the leading Swedish literary prizes.Add a Comment
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Ever wonder what categories are the most popular in graphic novels?
Think it’s all manga and superheroes?
Well, as you can see on the chart to the left, it’s fairly diverse.
How did I come up with these percentages?
First, there’s this group called BISG. They make sure all the standards that booksellers and publishers use work. One thing they standardize are called BISAC subject codes. These help booksellers to categorize what they sell, either online or onshelf.
Books In Print is a big database run by R.R. Bowker, who also manage EANs and ISBNs for Anglo-American publishers. If it’s got an EAN, they list it. Even for the rinky-dink publishers you’ll never hear of.
With a little trial and error, and hacking of URLs, I figured out a way to search BISACs for specific years. That’s a work in progress, and I’ll publish that data at a later date.
But it’s quite easy to search for EVERYTHING by a specific BISAC code, regardless of date.
Here are the numbers for the above chart:
|TOTAL Everything Else||21,240|
Some caveats: BISACs are assigned by publishers. A title may have more than one BISAC subject code. A title may have a “graphic novel” BISAC, yet not be a graphic novel. (For example, a Golden Book easy-to-read Spider-Man story book.) Version 2 of the BISAC subject codes dates to November 1997, which predates the modern era which started in 1999 with the importation of Pokemon titles by Viz Media.
(Library subject headings are just as muddled. Some titles use “Comic books, strips, etc.”; some use “Graphic novels”. But if we standardize the search terms, one can still study trends.)
Note that graphic novels for kids outnumber superhero titles for a general trade audience…
Manga’s numbers have decreased over the years (2013, Manga only had 14% of the titles), and “everything else” has grown (36% in 2013).
What’s it all mean? Stay tuned… I need to fill in the years from 1970 to 2011.
Here’s the raw data for each BISAC subject I could find, including ones since deactivated. (Yes, they still show up…)
|CGN000000||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / General||17,996|
|CGN001000||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Anthologies||880|
|CGN002000||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Comics & Cartoons||393|
|CGN003000||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Educational||9|
|CGN004000||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Graphic Novels / General||1547|
|CGN004010||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Crime & Mystery||1309|
|CGN004020||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Erotica||522|
|CGN004030||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Fantasy||2778|
|CGN004040||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror||2056|
|CGN004050||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / General||10291|
|CGN004060||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Media Tie-In||1426|
|CGN004070||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Science Fiction||2322|
|CGN004080||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Superheroes||8811|
|CGN004090||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Romance||266|
|CGN004100||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Crime & Mystery||169|
|CGN004110||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Erotica||56|
|CGN004120||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Fantasy||2004|
|CGN004130||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / LGBT||57|
|CGN004140||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Historical Fiction||126|
|CGN004150||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Horror||412|
|CGN004160||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Media Tie-In||237|
|CGN004170||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Nonfiction||42|
|CGN004180||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Romance||816|
|CGN004190||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Science Fiction||754|
|CGN004200||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Sports||117|
|CGN004210||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Yaoi||62|
|CGN004220||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Religious||7|
|CGN005000||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / History & Criticism||175|
|CGN006000||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary||1479|
|CGN007000||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction||752|
|CGN008000||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Contemporary Women||159|
|CGN009000||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / LGBT||138|
|CGN010000||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Historical Fiction||319|
|CGN011000||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Religious||93|
|CGN012000||COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Adaptations *||21|
|ART004000||ART / Techniques / Cartooning||905|
|HUM001000||HUMOR / Form / Comic Strips & Cartoons||3642|
|HUM002000||HUMOR / Comic Books, Strips, etc.||42|
|JUV033070||JUVENILE FICTION / Religious / Christian / Comics & Graphic Novels||117|
|JUV008000||JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General||6025|
|JUV008010||JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga||867|
|JUV008020||JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes||1306|
|JUV008030||JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In||413|
|JNF028010||JUVENILE NONFICTION / Humor / Comic Strips & Cartoons||239|
|JNF049190||JUVENILE NONFICTION / Religious / Christian / Comics & Graphic Novels||40|
|JNF062000||JUVENILE NONFICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General||327|
|JNF062010||JUVENILE NONFICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Biography||166|
|JNF062020||JUVENILE NONFICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / History||302|
So far there have been few articles about the sales-effect of the announcement that Patrick Modiano is this year's Nobel laureate -- in part, in the US/UK, no doubt because almost none of his works are actually available or in print (a situation that will be changing in the coming weeks).
Unsurprisingly, he got a nice boost in France -- though not enough of one for his new novel to top last week's (through 12 October) bestseller list (you can see how Le suicide français would be hard to top, regardless of international honors ...).
Ahn Sung-mi reports, in The Korea Herald, that Nobel prize boosts Modiano's book sales in South Korea, as, for example:
Online book retailer Interpark said Missing Person recorded 300 books in sales over a four-day period since the announcement. "This is a drastic change from 2010 when the book was first published and total of 120 books were sold that year," said Jeong Ji-yeon from Interpark.And:
"Prior to the award announcement, less than 10 copies of his books were sold on average in a month at bookstores," said a representative of Munhakdonge, publisher of seven books of the author. Munhakdongne printed 13,000 Modiano books upon the Nobel Prize announcement, and plans to print 10,000 more copies as the demand is increasing.More surprisingly and impressively, the Tehran Times reports that Patrick Modiano's books soar to Tehran bestsellers list, with six Modinao titles among the top-five at various Tehran booksellers.
Okay, so in South Korea there are apparently seven Modiano titles available, in Iran -- Iran ! -- there are six, in the US/UK ... less.
Yes, the situation is changing/improving: Yale University Press' three-in-one collection, Suspended Sentences (see their publicity page, or pre-order your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk), substantially increases what's available (from those two Godine titles, with one more reprint to follow soon), and the University of California Press has quickly resuscitated Dora Bruder -- a re-issue is due out next month (see their publicity page, or pre-order your copy at Amazon.com; no Amazon.co.uk listing at this time). (The University of Nebraska Press seems also to be working on resuscitating Out of the Dark -- see their publicity page, or back-order at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.) Still, overall: a sad state of English-speaking affairs -- and surely yet another counter-example to all the supposed translation-enthusiasm that everyone is so excited about: the down-to-earth reality looks like this: a lot uglier, with even the Iranians managing to do a better job in at least some (and possibly many ?) cases. Add a Comment
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“Because this business of becoming conscious, of being a writer, is ultimately about asking yourself, How alive am I willing to be?” ― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and… Continue readingAdd a Comment
In The Bookseller Joshua Farrington reports that IPA: UK publishers 'published most in the world' in 2013, summarizing the new International Publishing Association Annual Report (warning ! dreaded pdf format !), as:
UK publishers released 2,875 new titles per million inhabitants, more than 1,000 titles ahead of the nearest nation, Taiwan. In absolute figures, 2013 saw the UK publish 184,000 new titles and re-editions, the highest figure in Europe, with only the US and China publishing more, with 304,912 and 444,000 titles respectively.I do note that Iceland is not included in the reckoning; the most recent statistics I could find, covering 2012, report 1349 published titles; with an Icelandic population at the end of 2012 of 321,857, that makes for 4,191 new titles per million inhabitants .....
Nevertheless, the UK totals are impressive. Those from Georgia, too -- what the hell is that about ? On the other hand: South Africa only published 68 titles per million inhabitants ? (Okay, those are 2010 figures; not necessarily directly comparable -- but it's still shocking.) Add a Comment
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of A Father's Memoir in 424 Steps, Diogo Mainardi's The Fall.Add a Comment
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MU HA HA HA! Let the fun begin!
- What’s your favorite thing about Halloween?
- What’s your favorite type of candy?
- What are you being for Halloween this year?
- What’s your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
- What do you usually do for Halloween (trick-or-treat, party, stay home)?
- What’s the most IDEAL Halloween costume?
- Do you have any Halloween traditions?
- On a scale of 1-10, how much do you like Halloween?
- Do you know the history of Halloween? Do you care?
There are lots more questions to answer in the Halloween Quiz post. Go check them out and tell Moderator Katie I said, “Hi!” Happy Halloween!!Add a Comment
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I didn’t hear it coming.
For an opening line I think it works. What do you think?
See what coming? Exactly!
The reader is going keep reading to find out, and isn’t that the overarching purpose of the first sentence—to compel the reader to read the second sentence. Etc.
I was going to write a blog piece on “openings.” By examining the first paragraphs of my upcoming book, The Writer in Love, I would assess the effectiveness of my beginning, see if it…
- Established a Central Question
- Made a promise
- Set a trajectory
But that opening line got hold of me and wouldn’t let go. It wanted this blog post all to itself.
I sure didn’t see that coming.
Then it hit me—that line echoed far beyond Page One. So innocently tossed onto the page many months ago, it infected the entire manuscript, becoming a major motif throughout the book.
The cheetah is the first and most obvious thing I didn’t see coming. It approached me from behind and grabbed my hand in its mouth and wouldn’t let to. True story. I didn’t see it coming was the perfect way to establish an essential fact of fiction:
Protagonists never see it coming.
Drama depends on it.
Protagonists don’t see what coming? That which will destroy them. For their own good! It’s amazing how many times we can hear the poets and the mystics say something like this…
“Our body is a ship that sails on deep blue waters. What is our goal? To be shipwrecked!”
And still we complain, “I didn’t see it coming.”
Neither do writers see it coming.
We get in over our heads, trust me. We get excited about creating the kinds of payoffs that give readers their money’s worth. We find ourselves writing about characters whose only way out of Act II is to surrender to the storm, and by that I mean forsake who they’ve always thought they were.
I didn’t see that I was laying a trap for myself by trying to write in depth about such sacred story mechanics. I was in way over my head. I was drowning, myself. I almost quit. I didn’t see that coming, either.
I wrote a scene in which I drown. (That was fun.) I didn’t see that coming, either.
I never expected to take almost two years to write The Writer in Love.
To be honest, I never anticipated becoming a writer. I was going to be a mapmaker.
I never thought I’d have children until I tended my grandfather on his deathbed.
Nor did I imagine my children having children!
I didn’t foresee my website vanishing a few weeks ago. I thought I’d lost everything. I was resigned to starting over, but most of it is resurrected, and with a new design. Look, I’m blogging again!
The cool thing about blogging is you can start with a line like, I didn’t see it coming, and see where it goes. Because we don’t write to explain, we write to find out.
We might equally say that we live to find out.
I’ve found out a lot while writing The Writer in Love. And it all started with this opening scene:
I didn’t hear it coming.
It hadn’t finished devouring the bait when my Bolex ran out of film, so I retreated but slowly, walking away through the elephant grass when it surprised me from behind by clamping down on my hand hard enough to hold me but not break the skin. The growl in its guts, I could feel the vibration in my arm if you can imagine that. And then in my own belly. It’s a funny thing when your life stops suddenly dead in its tracks, it’s not funny at all because there you are for the first time without a future. As for the past, well, it’s your fault—my fault!—I had been carrying the bloody bait in that hand. Of course, the cat could smell it. I could see that now.
I should have seen it coming.
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NO FEE WRITING CONTEST: PRIZE: $5,000.00.
Black Balloon Publishing will accept submissions for the 2014 annual Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize between October 1st and October 31st, 2014. The winning author receives $5,000 and a Black Balloon book deal.* There is no reading fee.
Black Balloon Publishing invites entries of finished, unpublished and original fiction manuscripts of over 50K words to The Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize. The winning author receives a $5,000 cash prize and a book publishing deal with the company.Submit only unpublished fiction manuscripts (50,000 words and up) written in English. Short stories, previously published as collections, are still eligible. The initial entry process requires you to submit a partial manuscript of under 4,000 words.Black Balloon Publishing is a well-known author-friendly indie press based in New York, NY. The company publishes crossed genres of creative fiction, narrative, and nonfiction that showcase experimental forms of strong storytelling.
Black Balloon will announce a winner on Monday, February 2, 2015.**
- Fiction manuscripts only, please (novels or short story collections)
- Manuscripts must be complete, unpublished and original. Prior print or digital publication of individual stories from an unpublished collection is acceptable; please ensure your submission acknowledges all outlets in which individual stories have been previously published (if a work is discovered to have been posted or published elsewhere—and not openly acknowledged by the author in advance—we will remove the manuscript from consideration).
- Self-published novels and story collections are ineligible, including work that has been published digitally.
- Manuscripts must be over 50,000 words in length
- International English-language submissions are welcome
- Submissions must be received between October 1st and October 31st, 2014
DEADLINE: October 31, 2014
Use the link below to submit (scroll to the bottom of the page).
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They've announced the ten-title strong longlist for the 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
A couple of real heavyweights on the list: books by Jhumpa Lahiri, Khaled Hosseini, and Kamila Shamsie. Shamsur Rahman Faruqi's The Mirror of Beauty is apparently the only work in translation that made the cut (not that you could tell it's a translation from the Penguin India publicity page ...).
A lot of bloggers are thinking about what the next steps are after this weekend. How do we react when negative status updates about a book can get you stalked? Is an author going to show up on my doorstep? Call me at work and harass me until I cry? Blogging isn't a job, it's a hobby. It's supposed to be fun, a way to connect with other book nerds.
It's not supposed to put you in danger.
Of the two big issues facing book bloggers right now, a major lawsuit looks like "lucking out."
That's fucked up.
And it's worse than authors showing up in your front yard and calling you at work. It's the people who automatically take her at her word that the reviewer was wrong and harassing her. She wasn't. I know. I'm shocked, too! A woman who thought that showing up on someone's doorstep was a rational response to bad status updates has a skewed version of the reality leading up to that point. Shocking! But there are a lot of people who are applauding her for "fighting back."
So, what's next? Do I seriously have to balance the safety of my family with my desire to talk about books? Is this a real live thought process I've been having the past few days? REALLY?
I blog and tweet with my real name. It's not that hard to figure out where I work. And part of this is on purpose--my blog is personal and mine and I do it on my own time, but to say it's 100% separate from work is hard. My day job (which includes regularly scheduled nights and weekends) affects the blog--it informs what I read, my library users inform my reactions to titles and my blog affects my day job-- it's opened up professional doors to me and given me opportunities I may not have had. Many of my blogging friends are also professional colleagues and part of my personal learning network. My blog is on my resume. Honestly, in the grand scheme, at this point, it doesn't make sense for me to change it to a pseudonym. But what am I leaving myself open to?
And here's another area-- I'm not just a book blogger. I'm also a professional reviewer. I regularly review for School Library Journal (paywalled) and the RT Book Reviews website. These are signed reviews and SLJ even includes my place of employment after my name. If anything, this is what makes the most sense to give up. The majority of my critical or negative reviews are professional (mostly because I'm not apt to finish a book I don't like unless it's assigned.) But, I really like reviewing professionally. It's made me a better reader and a better blogger. It has helped my career and sometimes I get paid. It's not something I'm willing to give up, and I don't think I should have to in order to protect my safety.
And then my thought process turns to the fact that the affected bloggers are much bigger than me, so it's not going to be an issue for me... except. I have had an author track me down at work about a review I wrote. This person used my library's "contact us" form to comment on my review of their book. Luckily, it was for one of the professional outlets, so I could just forward it to my editor and let them deal with it.
Who do I forward the scary lady on my front lawn too? What happens when someone defames me in an international newspaper? What happens if the it's the blog, where I'm the editor? Will my professional reputation be dragged through the mud and affect my ability to put food on the table?
Where do I go next? Do I give into my fear? Is that letting the terrorists win (in the parlance of our times?) Do I accept the risk, knowing there are more Kathleen Hales out there and if they can write well enough (and let's be honest, that article was fascinating and compelling. She can clearly write. She just can't recognize dangerous and probably illegal behavior) people will just take her word at it without even trying to hear the other side of the story?
In a month and a half, Biblio File will turn 10. Yes, a decade of book blogging. Posting has been spotty at times, and this is not the first time I've seriously considered stopping. But, every other time it was because of internal issues--do I really want to devote the time it requires or do I want to prioritize other things in my life? Do I still have the passion to make it worth the brain space? And I've always just taken a break or powered through. It's never because of something external before. And... I just don't know now.
I just don't know.
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At 91, French author Claude Ollier has passed away; he published his last book ... last year: Cinq contes fantastiques (see the P.O.L. publicity page).
Surprisingly little notice of his death so far, even in the French press -- but see, for example, Sabine Audrerie's Mort de l'écrivain Claude Ollier.
Several of his works have been translated; most of these were published by -- of course -- Dalkey Archive Press. (And, yes, Ollier's work fits the Dalkey-profile to a T.)
Only one of his works is under review at the complete review: Wert and the Life Without End.
See also Cecile Lindsay's 1988 A Conversation with Claude Ollier from the Review of Contemporary Fiction.
By Danielle Ellison My book releases today!!!! (I’m still trying to process that.) Giving birth to a book baby, creating something to put out there into the world, is a big deal. It’s not a feeling I can describe. Each book that you create comes with a new feeling. Follow Me Through Darkness is my third release this year. Third. Going from zero to three in a year has been a crazy journey. (Add a Comment
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Saving the Planet & Stuff is reviewed today at Reduce Footprints, a blog dedicated to researching and sharing information about easy ways to do positive things for the Earth. My favorite line--"The story is also wonderful for adults, of all ages, as it touches on the challenges of living life as a "greenie", in a fun and interesting way."
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