PUBLISHING CRUSH OF THE WEEK For bringing libraries the popular ebooks of best-selling self-published author Hugh Howey (Silo Saga), I rain down my love on Cloud publishing partner NLA Digital. Howey’s first full-length story cycle since Wool, etc., is Sand, and it’s a Top New Release for 6/9/14-6/13/14.
A few things I learned from this grouping of titles, which were published originally a few years ago but have never been made available to libraries until now:
- Howey intermingles elements of horror and sci-fi in a traditional story line in The Hurricane (the Goodreads reviews are fascinating).
- Young adults can sample Howey’s plotting and command of genre tropes with Half Way Home, about kids who wake up on a distant planet.
- He’s clearly obsessed with outsiders, which is all good.
This means more mystery, science fiction, and fantasy titles for Cloud libraries.
KEY BACKLIST Little did I know that Cloud publishing partner Chronicle Books has an attractive selection of crime and mystery novels that perform well in ebook format. Take Nadia Gordon’s Sunny McCoskey Napa Valley mysteries or Kirk Russell’s John Marquez Crime novels. Austin Davis’s Shoveling Smoke, part of the City Parker Crime series, is available only as an ebook and is a best seller for Chronicle’s adult fiction ebook list.
Here’s Publishers Weekly on Shoveling Smoke (2012):
"Davis uses his quirky characters to capture the seat-of-the-pants flavor of law in a Texas backwater, and the charming but somewhat kinky romance between Parker and Dean works as a nice counterpoint to the legal shenanigans. The going’s a little rough in spots, but Parker is an engaging protagonist whose humor and savvy easily carry the inaugural volume of this promising series."
All three series were reviewed favorably upon their original publication two to ten years ago and would make excellent summer reads.
"Teens and adults alike are drawn to John Green’s earnest portrayal of the angst of young love. Readers connect with his self-aware characters and enjoy their witty dialogue. They appreciate his emotionally intense stories with their bittersweet endings."
Today, we’re pleased to announce the arrival of two major publishers for our Canadian business: Penguin Canada and Scholastic Canada.
Core Backlist for the latter is loaded in CAT (see French and English selections); the former TK!
I suppose it was bound to happen: People appears to be consolidating its reviews of media into one section. In other words, books will no longer get regular separate coverage.
Thanks for the heads-up, Nora.