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Prada Reviews...

Wow. Can I just say how freaking amazing it is to have my book finally, after all this time, be out there for everyone to read? There's something inherently nerve-wracking about that, but it's also jump-up-and-down exciting.

The reviews have started rolling in, so here are a few!

From Chicklitteens.com: "I fell head over heels for this book (pun intended) from the start....Prada and Prejudice is a wonderful, light-hearted romance that I can see myself reading over and over again. 5 stars!"

From Raven: "I give this story a 5/5. It was funny, thoughtful and beautifully written. Callie is a believable character and Alex will make you swoon many times. "

From The Story Siren, "Callie was a very 21st century character so having her wake up in the 1800's was rather comical!... A must-read for Jane Austen junkies!" 

From Lisa at Enchanting Reivews:
 "This is a fun romantic tale sure to appeal to Jane Austen fans. Callie's adventure into the world of 1815 London was fascinating with everything from huge estates, tight corsets, and hot English dukes. Hubbard creates a believable and likeable character in Callie."

I'm so thrilled that y'all are enjoying Prada & Prejudice!! I hope you will continue to share your thoughts with me...and keep sending the Prada pictures! i am LOVING them!! I don't think we authors truly realize that our work is actually out there--everywhere--until we see pictures of it. In Faribanks Alaska and Birmingham Alabama and down town New York. Totally crazy! 


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Jun. 18th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Congrats! totally great and not surprising at all!
Jun. 18th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Congrats, Mandy! That's awesome! I have nothing to add yet, since I'm buying my copy...tomorrow!
Jun. 18th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
oh my gosh!! I heard about your book Prada and Prejudice from some of the librarything.com members. They said it was great; some of them gave it 5 stars! I wanted to read it but it turned out it's not in my public library, so I can't. But I heard the book was great!

Jun. 18th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
Re: booklover101
What a bummer! Have you tried suggesting they stock it? Many of them are very good about ordering anything a library user suggests. :-)
Jun. 18th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
Re: booklover101
no. I'm not going to the library til Saturday. So I'll try.. Thanks for the advice.
But for now I'll just look at the reviews that the members on librarything.com left about your book.
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Jun. 18th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
yeah, I have not yet sold rights to australia, so it wouldn't be in stock at stores. :-(. I think the best way for you to get it is amazon.
Jun. 19th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
And of course my review...(:

Jun. 19th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
I can't wait to read Prada and Prejudice! It sounds exactly like something I'd love... lolz 3 weeks til my birthday then I buy it (I'm broke at the moment) :)

Jun. 19th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
Have you sold rights to Hong Kong yet?

I'm desperate to see your P&P in our local bookstore. I can totally imagine myself holding a camera to take pictures of your books on the shelf, and a shop clerk comes by to say something along the lines of 'No taking pictures'. Then I'll be like, 'I'm taking pictures for this author; I KNOW her!'


Just out of curiosity... How much do you earn from selling rights to one country? And what percentage of it is sucked out by your publishing house and agent?

Just curious. ;)
Jun. 19th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
Unf, it's just france so far!!

And just like any other type of book deal, rights can range in a major way-- you might get a thousand bucks for a small book in a small country, or you might get six figures (or more) for a big book selling into the UK or Germany or something similar.

The agent gets their standard 15% if the publisher sold the rights, or 20% if the agency sold it with co-agents.

Whether the pub gets a share depends on your oroginal deal-- mine was for "world rights", so that means the publisher sells the rights using their own foreign rights department in house, and retains a percentage...my share goes to earning out my advance first, then the rest in my pocket. It can be anything from 50/50 to 80/20 depending on how negotiations go when you make the original deal with your pub house.

Agents will try to sell only North American rights so that the agency can then sell foreign rights, and then you get the checks directly into your pocket (after agent fees, of course). It just depends on how negotiations go-- lots of give and take on a number of clauses.
Jun. 19th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
sounds so very complicated!

Hope you earn alot of money and get what you deserve :D From what I've seen, it seems like you've been through a long and gruelling publishing process, and I wish you the very best!
Jun. 20th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
The reviews made me excited! I wish your book is already out here in the Philippines.
Jun. 20th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
What great reviews! Although, not surprising! The book is wonderful!
Jun. 21st, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
my sister and I saw this book at Barnes and Noble the other day and almost got it ( in fact I don't know why we didn't, but we thought the title was really cute) I'll have to buy it next time I see it :)
Jul. 16th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Reading it now...
I'm 3/4 of the way through and it's cute so far. I really sympathize with Callie though as a historian, I probably would be a little more sympathetic to the rules of society but I would hate them as much as Callie. When I'm done, I will post a review on my blog

Jan. 18th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
Prada & Prejudice
Hey Mandy! Love your book, Prada & Prejudice! I especially love Callie/Rebecca and Alex's love/hate relationship! Callie's thoughts on her encounters with Alex are hilarious and cute, but I would love to see a version of Prada & Prejudice in Alex's perspective! It's great to see Callie have modern teenage slang and language, but what are Alex's thoughts on Callie as she tries to show that he hates him?
Hopefully you consider this idea, I would definitely read your other books.
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