Local author Ronlyn Domingue in the middle of the Simon & Schuster/Barnes & Noble contract dispute

Recently, a friend of mine, Ronlyn Domingue, published her second novel, The Mapmaker’s War. Ronlyn’s a fantastic writer and The Mapmaker’s War is a inventive and inspired book. However, since her first novel, The Mercy of Thin Air, was published in 2005, the publishing industry has changed drastically. It’s often very hard for authors to make their books visible to the reading public.

It’s recently gotten even harder for some authors with recent titles from Simon & Schuster, including Ronlyn, because S&S is involved in a contract dispute with Barnes & Noble. This means The Mapmaker’s War, as well as other recent S&S titles, are not being carried in B&N stores.

The greater workings of this contract dispute are complicated, but the easy take-away is that authors with recent S&S books need help spreading the word about their books since there are no B&N front-of-store-placements or co-ops available to them right now. Please do them a favor and check out some of their titles here. Read them and tell as many people as you can to check them out, too.

Something else that’s changed significantly since 2005? Social media. Fans just voted on Facebook and picked Elizabeth Gilbert’s newest book cover. Together, we can tell people about the S&S titles we like and help the authors get read.

Ronlyn recently had book signing events in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, where she lives. Her books can be found at the great local booksellers Garden District Books and Cottonwood Books, among others.

Ronlyn signing a huge stack of books at Garden District Books. She put handmade bookmarks in each one!

Ronlyn signing a huge stack of books at Garden District Books. She put handmade bookmarks in each one!

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3 thoughts on “Local author Ronlyn Domingue in the middle of the Simon & Schuster/Barnes & Noble contract dispute

  1. You are such a gem, Emilie. Thanks so much for your support of me and my–OUR–colleagues. This is a really tough situation for everyone involved. In my opinion, we all need each other–writer, publisher, and bookseller.

  2. @Charlotte: I think one of the great things about social media is it allows us to amplify that word of mouth experience. Thanks for providing this platform for me to support Ronlyn and the other S&S authors.

    @Ronlyn: My pleasure. I think you’re right. I worked at several different B&N stores over a decade and before that I was avid customer, too. Nothing beats that experience of wandering in a bookstore and finding a book you’re going to love. Or having a random conversation about books with another reader or bookseller. That is an experience I hope never goes away completely. But e-books and Internet buying have changed the game enormously. I just hope we can all figure out a happy balance soon – so that writers can write great books (and make a living at it!), publishers can thrive by publishing great books and booksellers can get those great books into the hands of grateful readers.

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