Archive | December, 2013

New Dystopian Novel To Have 3-D Art Cover

17 Dec

Next month author Chang-rae Lee has a new dystopian novel coming out, and it is set to be released with a limited-edition 3-D printed art cover!  Called On Such a Full Sea, its 3-D slip-cover will be printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. Only 200 will be made, and each will cost $150. It’s not particularly practical, but it is rad!

3D cover

Picture from Riverhead Books

Lee’s release is on Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin, and reminds me of Jaded Ibis’ project “Legend“, in which globes were created out of 3-D printed sections of The Book of Earths. I hope Lee’s release is a sign more publishers and writers will fully embrace book projects as works of art, and stretch into cross-media forms of expression.

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Chang-Rae Lee’s Book to Have Limited Edition MakerBot 3D Printed Cover:

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Vellum Makes Life Easier for Authors

17 Dec

I get excited about almost anything that will make author’s lives easier.  A new program called Vellum helps self-publishing authors and small, indie publishers create iBook, EPUB and MOBI files without having to learn a complex program or computer language. Hooray!  Vellum offers lots of options to beautify an e-book, and you can see your changes immediately, right in the e-book display, including formatting and inlaid art. It runs only on Mac OS X at this point, but it seems like a great step in the pub-for-all direction.


You can download Vellum from creator 18og’s website, and generate books at incremental prices.

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Vellum Simplifies Ebook Conversion so Authors can Focus on Their Craft:

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Harlequin Teams Up with Wattpad, Signs Contest Winner

13 Dec

The trend of offering contest winners book contracts continues. Harlequin held a So You Think You Can Write contest earlier this year and offered the winner a two-book contract. Interestingly, for this contest Harlequin partnered with Wattpad and entrants uploaded chapters to that site as they wrote them, getting immediate feedback from Wattpad’s readers (numbering around 20 million). Originally, Harlequin was going to choose the top four authors for contracts, but they were so impressed with the writing, possibly because of the vetting process provided by throwing every chapter through the Wattpad wringer, that they opted to take on the top six for various free editorial services.

In this current world of abundance, where anyone can self-publish a book, traditional publishers are often waiting for authors to prove their worth (often via self-publishing or by winning short-story or long-form contests) before signing them to contracts. Authors can bring their established fanbase with them when they continue to write with an established publisher, and the publisher is taking on decidedly less risk when producing these authors’ works.

SYTYCW authors will be published through Harlequin’s adult digital romance series, and the winner, Tanya Wright’s, first book will be published in early 2014. This is a recurring contest, and will begin again in September of 2014.

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