December Writing News
By Word Alive Press

The passing of a well-loved crime novelist, many reading lists revealed, and even celebrities are taking to self publishing now—it’s been quite a month for publishing news!

Queen of Crime passes away
Crime novelist P.D. James passed away November 27, at the age of 94. Well known for her Adam Dagliesh novels and the dystopian fiction Children of Men, James was a prolific and well-loved author. She will be missed. Via The Guardian

Top Everything
From the New York Times Top 100 Books to _Time_’s Top 10 Young Adult Novels, the lists are in and we won’t be short of fresh reading material for a long time. Via GalleyCat
New York Times Top 100 Books of 2014
Time’s Top 10 Fiction Books 2014
Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books 2014
Time’s Top 10 Young Adult Books 2014
Good Reads Choice Awards

William Shatner joins the ranks of self-published authors
After having traditionally published his first two novels, the ex Star Trek star has chosen to go the self-publishing route with his third book, and is turning to crowdfunding to raise the money for it. Why would a well-connected, popular celebrity opt out of a traditional book deal? Read more here. Via The Guardian

Kindle sales are up
Ebook authors rejoice, Kindle eReader sales were up 4x this Black Friday! Via GalleyCat

Kids are reading more eBooks
More great news for eBooks: A new Play Collective survey reports that 45% of parents polled intend to buy an eReader for their children this holiday season! Via DigitalBookWorld

Big chances for Nook
While Kindle sales soared, Nook sales have taken a plung. Microsoft and Barnes&Noble have terminated the deal that created Nook Media 2 years ago, and declining sales of the Nook Digital device make the future of Nook hazy. Via Publishers Weekly

Last chance for The Word Awards—Deadline December 15!
If you published a book in 2014 and are still hoping to enter it in The Word Guild’s annual Word Awards, get those entries in now! Contest closes December 15. Via The Word Guild

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Word Alive Press is a Christian book publishing company that provides professional book publishing, sales, marketing and distribution services all in one facility!

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