Lit Happens

Why do virtual events have higher attendance but lower sales?

  After a monumental shift to hosting 2020 author events online, many bookstores reported that attendance for virtual events is higher (sometimes much higher) than for physical book events–but event-related sales are way down. In fact, during a briefing at the SIBA/NAIBA trade show in September 2020, Brooklyn bookstore Greenlight Books (who had hosted 150+ […]

Our favorite books we’ve received as holiday gifts

When you’re a kid, seeing a book-shaped present under the Christmas tree can be a letdown — many would rather have a toy or cool game to play with. But as we’ve grown up, we’ve grown to appreciate the thought and care that goes into receiving a book as a gift. Whether it’s a new-to-you […]

4 tips for writing a great book synopsis

  A succinct, compelling book description is a crucial element in any book marketing campaign. Yet, for many authors, penning a well-constructed description of their work is easier said than done. This is understandable. Who wants to see the fruits of their labor crammed into the space of a couple of paragraphs? No one wants […]

Christmas Movie Matchup: All your Christmas movie favorites paired with festive books to read

by Angela (@angelareadsbooks) It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Time for all the festive Christmas movies and books! If you are anything like me, you have Christmas movies going and a Christmas book in hand, with a cup of hot cocoa and some cozy socks! I have my list of must watch Christmas […]

Relax and read with an ambiance room

My focus has been a little … scattered in recent months. But one thing that has helped me concentrate is ambiance rooms! These videos are usually a scene or several scenes that run for hours. You can keep them on the in background — some have music, and some are just accompanied by light sounds […]

Twin Cities mystery series continues with thrilling adventure that also boasts absorbing character studies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Northfield, MN — Staying alive depends on knowing whom to trust and when to run. In Should Grace Fail (Dec. 8, 2020, Coffeetown Press), Priscilla Paton once again shows her deft skill at creating a whodunit that contains adventure and intrigue, but also delves deeply into the psyche of its characters. When […]

BIG FREEDIA: GOD SAVE THE QUEEN DIVA! by Big Freedia available in paperback

New Orleans, LA — The critically acclaimed memoir Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva! (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster; $16) will be released in paperback on December 1, 2020 and is available for pre-order now. “I am so excited about the paperback release,” says Big Freedia, whose star has risen since the release of the […]

Evocative poems capture a world shattered by stroke and the hope that remains via a powerful image of the Red Sea

NEW YORK, NY– Annette Libeskind Berkovits’ poetry offers a searing portrayal of a mother’s anguish after a sudden hemorrhagic stroke renders her son, father of two young daughters, quadriplegic in the prime of his life. In her stunning use of poetry as memoir, Berkovits wrestles with questions of faith, hope, and guilt, and presents an […]

Debut Author’s Tweeted Pitch Earns Six-Figure, Multi-Book Deal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: J. Elle’s YA novel “Wings of Ebony” tackles racism, privilege, empowerment HOUSTON, Texas – With one tweet, first-time novelist J. Elle rocketed from obscurity to earning a six-figure book deal with Simon & Schuster for her YA novel “Wings of Ebony” (January 26, 2021, Millner Books), described as “The Hate U Give” […]

Health psychologist’s new self-help book inspiring readers to live, laugh, and let sh*t go

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DETROIT – A global pandemic, disastrous climate events, erratic U.S. politics and … murder hornets? 2020 has been rough, and our inner voice doesn’t have a problem reminding us. Tell it to f*ck off with this new irreverent, laugh-out-loud guide, “Move on Motherf*cker,” (Nov. 3, 2020, New Harbinger) by board-certified psychologist Jodie […]