Book By Legal Scholar Gets the Chick Lit Cover Treatment

The Divorce Papers, by Susan Rieger, which was first released in hardcover by Random House this past March, is a fantastic book that traces the protagonist's high-profile divorce through a modern-day paper trail of emails, office memos, and legal documents. This is Rieger's first novel, which she published following a… » 10/26/14 4:45pm Sunday 4:45pm

The Threatening Meltdown That Got a Book Blogger Kicked Off Twitter

Last night, a Brooklyn-based literary blogger/podcaster/personality named Edward Champion suddenly began attacking the novelist Porochista Khakpour on Twitter, after Khakpour tweeted about Champion’s private threats against her. Before the night was over, Champion had been kicked off Twitter, and several other… » 9/26/14 5:17pm 9/26/14 5:17pm

Dolce & Gabbana Ask Anna Wintour to Squash Tax Fraud Exposé

Last year in Italy, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana — the designers who founded luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana — were found guilty of tax fraud. Now they're reportedly trying to squash an exposé to be published by Vanity Fair — and asking Condé Nast artistic director (and Vogue editor-in-chief) Anna Wintour… » 8/04/14 3:20pm 8/04/14 3:20pm

Women aren't just destroying science fiction, but other genres too

Looks like someone touched a nerve. The Lightspeed Magazine kickstarter to raise money to publish a special "Women Destroy Science Fiction" issue of all-women contributors has massively exceeded its goals. So now they're doing "Women Destroy Fantasy" and "Women Destroy Horror" issues too. » 2/15/14 4:40pm 2/15/14 4:40pm

Amazon is making it harder to sell Bigfoot porn ebooks

Erotica featuring Sasquatch, minotaurs, aliens, and boar gods may not fit everyone's tastes, but some authors have made a killing selling monster sex ebooks. But some ebook retailers, notably Amazon, have been cracking down on cryptozoological smut, making it harder for writers to sell their books to readers who are… » 12/22/13 2:26pm 12/22/13 2:26pm

Major eBook Publisher Sides With Alleged Pedophile

Thanks to leading eBook self-publishing website Lulu.com, 20-year-old Emily Kwissa was able to share her own account of surviving years of domestic violence and sexual molestation at the hands of her former stepfather — the version that's been doubted and ignored by doctors, lawyers, and other adults throughout her… » 8/19/13 2:25pm 8/19/13 2:25pm

J.K. Rowling Secretly Publishing Under Male Pseudonym

The author of the Harry Potter novels is using her known witchcraft to trick us muggles into not purchasing her latest book. Published under the name "Robert Galbraith", The Cuckoo's Calling is a detective novel about a troubled model who falls to her death — and the wily private dick who wants to get to the bottom of… » 7/15/13 9:30am 7/15/13 9:30am

How Many Awful Euphemisms for ‘Penis’ Can One Magazine Invent?

The answer, according to former Playgirl editor Jessanne Collins in her new e-book How to Be a Playgirl, is a lot, more than there are stars in our galaxy. Basically, anything with a vaguely cylindrical shape can be repurposed as a dick euphemism, although Playgirl newbies were apparently handed a 13-page thesaurus… » 6/16/13 2:00pm 6/16/13 2:00pm

The editor of SFWA's bulletin resigns over sexist articles

Jean Rabe, editor of the SFWA Bulletin, has stepped down in the wake of tons of criticism of the organization's official magazine, which featured regular contributors talking about "lady editors" and commenting on how hot they are. (Plus there's the cheesetastic cover you see at left.) » 6/06/13 10:53pm 6/06/13 10:53pm

Handy charts reveal why you've never heard of most female SF authors

Over at Strange Horizons, the editors have done their yearly assessment of the state of gender in genre publishing. The good news is that men and women are published in almost equal numbers. The bad news is that books by men are reviewed far more often. So when women get published, you rarely hear about them. » 4/23/13 6:12pm 4/23/13 6:12pm

Fifty Shades of Making It Rain at Random House: E.L. James Is…

Not only was E.L. James' cult sadomasochistic masterwork Fifty Shades of Grey far and above the bestselling Random House title this year, it single-handedly helped keep Random House parent company Bertelsmann maintain overall group profit levels despite stagnant conditions in its TV, magazine, and music publishing… » 3/26/13 3:50pm 3/26/13 3:50pm