SEEN This Week 4/8/13

AOS101 This week’s book, author, and event news:

From Shelf Awareness:

It’s been a tumultuous weekend in publishing.

Following the purchase of Goodreads by Amazon and reports that the European Union will approve the Random House-Penguin merger–which has already been blessed by antitrust regulators in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand–American publishers jumped on the consolidation bandwagon. The result, announced late last night: the merger of the Big Six into a single U.S. mega-publisher. As one senior publishing executive said, “If you can’t beat ’em, become ’em.”

High-level conversations began Thursday night after the Amazon-Goodreads announcement with a few furtive chats between U.S. heads of houses on burner phones and via handwritten notes folded into paper airplanes. Initially, HarperCollins and Hachette were in discussions to merge, while Simon & Schuster and Macmillan worked on an agreement to hook up. But soon those two groups began discussing a larger merger that would be a counterweight to Penguin Random House. That development alarmed executives at Random House and Penguin, who argued that there was a larger force to reckon with. As night fell on Easter Sunday, executives of the Big Six came to a historic agreement, after which they celebrated with a dinner at Picholine.

You can read more of the Shelf Awarness article at this link.

National Geographic leads the nominations for the National Magazine Awards, followed by New York Magazine and Bon Appetit. Read more on the nominees here.

Kharisma Rayne perspective on the piracy numbers of ebooks. It is a very fascinating read.

Congratulations to Scott Evans, whose novel First Folio was nominated for a Nobel Prize in Literature.

Ash Krafton’s latest book, Strangers at the Hell Gate, is now available on Amazon Kindle, three months before its official release on The Wild Rose Press.

John Green discussed his novel The Fault in Our Stars on a recent edition of The Interview Show.

Check out Tina Gayle’s new release Summer’s Growth at this link.

Dark Dragon Publishing is having their very first giveaway during the month of April. One lucky winner will receive an ecopy (choice of format, kindle/nook/etc.) of their collection of novels. Make sure you enter for a chance to win!

The official online book tour for Kristal McKerrington’s new release, In the Shadows, kicked off April 1 and will run through June 28. Additional details on the tour can be found here.

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Cree Walker received five stars for A Winter’s Grave from the Paranormal Romance Guild” “This is a paranormal romance filled with humor and is one that any lover of this genre should not miss!” Read more at this link.

Night Owl Reviews’ Spring Fling Book Scavenger Hunt is here! Be part of the literary fun at this link.

My News for the Week:

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After a little over five months in the making, Klass Act, third book of The Cruiserweight Series, is now available on both Amazon . The press release for Klass Act can be read at this link.

A news item for Klass Act appeared on WrestleView April 2.

The Cruiserweight #48 April 1 in Kindle Store – Kindle eBooks – Nonfiction – Sports – Individual Sports – Wrestling

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