We had some database issues over the summer that have since been repaired. The archives are once again searchable, and I hope to have a new custom WordPress theme installed in the very near future.
Stand by for heavy rolls.
I’ve always been fascinated by WordPress.
It’s an open source platform, and the brightest minds in technology constantly improve and expand its functionality and uses.
The WordPress team recently released Twenty Ten, a new theme that’s included with every new installation. It’s highly customizable with a wide variety of bells and whistles (called plug-ins and widgets,) and it can also be stripped down and used for ecommerce when combined with a shopping cart solution, such as Mal’s cart.
A great example of a slick online store built on the theme is Hamagram.
The first draft of SEAL of Honor is complete, and we’re now lining up strategic partnerships with an eye toward production in Spring 2011.
From Publishers Weekly:
After a lengthy holdout, John Grisham is allowing his books to become available electronically. One of the most notable bestseller authors to withhold his titles from being converted into e-books, Grisham’s entire backlist–23 titles in all–is now available in the format. Grisham’s publisher, Random House, made the announcement this morning, noting that the prolific author has written one book per year since 1988, each of which has gone on to become a national bestseller. Grisham’s latest title is Ford County, which came out in November, and he has a forthcoming thriller due out in October.
John has been holding out for some time on principle; he believes digital downloads will hurt small bookstores.
For those of you who track such things, Publishers Weekly has a new set of deals listed here.
I find book deals fascinating, especially in the literary fiction and young adult categories. These genres are driven by cultural trends, to wit: zombies. If you write tight zombie fiction for teens these days, get yourself an agent, pronto. Vampires were recently hot thing, and still continue to generate sweet deals for new twists on a very old (and overplayed) theme.
What’s the next hot genre? If I knew I wouldn’t tell you. Heh.
Examining the year-end figures from Nielsen BookScan, Crain’s NY cautiously concluded that the bookselling business might not be as bad as the gloomy critics say.
The article began by noting the year’s declines. Compared to last year, “overall unit sales” fell by three percent and adult non-fiction plunged 7 percent–despite Sarah Palin’s blockbuster memoir. Nevertheless, adult fiction sales did not decline, and adult hardcover sales actually climbed by three percent.
Here’s more from the article: “‘Bottom line, it’s really pretty impressive,’ said Lorraine Shanley, a principal of consulting firm Market Partners International. ‘When you look at every other medium, and you look at books, and you see they held their own in one of the most difficult years we’ve had in a generation, that’s good news.’