Penguin Random House goes to the movies, A 2014 Survey gives some interesting insight, The restriction on women of color tightens, And as usual some Movers and Shakers…
Note: I experienced a few tech issues this week so there’s no video, but no worries my new webcam is safely on its way 😉
Penguin Random House inks big movie studio deal
Big publisher, Penguin Random House has just sealed the deal on a “first look” contract with Universal Studios. What exactly does this mean? For the next two years, Universal gets to examine PRH’s published, upcoming releases and backlist books for an option to turn them into films:
“Penguin Random House is deepening its commitment to bringing more of its books to movie screens. Through a two-year first-look agreement with Universal Pictures, which will be overseen by Random House Studios head Peter Gethers, PRH will be a producer on projects developed.”
On one hand I think this is great for PRH and its authors, on the other, I cringe at the thought of more of my favorite books being butchered on film. You can read more about the deal here.
Another Survey, Another Note on Diversity
A really interesting survey was released this month looking at publishing industry salaries for 2014. Not only did the results reveal some interesting salary trends, but as the case with most massive efforts in data gathering, we learned more than we expected and exactly what we already knew…
“While it’s no surprise that the publishing sector is overwhelmingly white, the lack of diversity is a bit eye-opening: of the 630 respondents who identified their race, 89% described themselves as white/Caucasian, with 3% selecting Asian and another 3% indicating Hispanic. Only 1% said they are African-American.”
Being a data maven in a previous career I found the numbers and resulting reports interesting, and the resulting conversations regarding not just a lack of representation and compensation amongst different racial groups but sexes as well, even more so.
“The dearth of minority employees directly affects the types of books that are published, industry members agreed, and for this issue to be addressed, there needs to be more advocates for books involving people of color throughout the business, including in management, editorial, and marketing executives in publishing houses, as well as among booksellers and librarians.”
You can read more of the results here.
Shonda Rhimes is a Restrained Black Woman
So speaking of diversity…This past Sunday this happened. Go ahead and read the absolute crazy and insulting text of the article that was voted by my temple, as the most eye twitch inducing thing I read this month. Normally articles that upset me this much wouldn’t get a link back, but you know that’s just the angry black woman in me speaking. Insert 1000 side eye images here.
The article has been discussed and rehashed all week, and yet still it burns. Why? Because, the article and the resulting “furor” forced women of color to once again be elegant, eloquent and restrained in their public response to a very personal insult. A pervasive stereotype, once again stripped the freedom of expression from an already restricted group.
Movers and Shakers
His Ward by Lena Matthews
Thanks to the generosity of her guardian, Misha Turkovic, Tionne Singleton has lived a life that others only dream of. Everything good in her world, he’s provided. She lives in a condo he owns, drives a car he bought, and wears clothes purchased with funds he deposits monthly into her checking account. Misha’s done everything in his power to insure she wants for nothing, yet the thing she longs for most is the one thing he’ll never give. Himself.
From the moment she became his ward Misha made it his life mission to protect and cherish Tionne; he has no intention of stopping now just because she’s no longer a teen. Taking care of her is his pleasure, loving her his secret shame. Misha knows keeping things strictly platonic is best for all concerned, but knowing the right thing to do and doing it are two different things. Especially since Tionne seems hellbent on showing him she’s not a little girl anymore.
Paying For It by Sherrod Story
Tunie Marshall didn’t have a lot of options left. She’d done all the right things, but somehow, in just a few days time she would find herself on the street. She didn’t mean to cry at work, but when Charles, a handsome regular, offered her his hankie and a sympathetic ear, she took it. But that wasn’t all he offered. By the time she ran down her tale of woe the millionaire also offered her the opportunity to solve all her problems – by becoming his mistress.
Dangerous Beauty, Part Two: A Mafia Princess by Michelle Hardin
Carterina Anastacia Stone wakes up from the most terrifying experience of her life to find that her life has been totally flipped upside down. Nathan Salerno is her gorgeous fiancé she can’t remember even meeting, and the mother she thought abandoned her, is demanding to be a part of her life.
Lies. Secrets. The truth. Each of them has a deadly consequence that seem to guarantee that Nathan and Carter will have to spend their entire lives looking over their shoulders. Carter feels like a walking target and Nathan’s determined to make her feel safe again. While revelations threaten to pull them apart, Carter and Nathan fight hard to keep their love strong.
This and more in Part two of the edge of your seat trilogy Dangerous Beauty Part Two – A Mafia Princess.
Some Bookshelf Porn
I’ve been all about the book nooks lately. I think it’s my inner book worm begging for some true down time and more than a few hours to spare with a book. With the holidays coming up you might see me carving out some space and making this gorgeous nook a reality in my own home 🙂
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. Come back on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month to get her romance industry news…with a colorful twist.