This week in the industry that is Publishing:
Are you sitting down? Well, if you’re not, I think you probably should. You’re in for quite a shock. The NY Times Book Review just discovered that publishers sometimes cherry-pick reviews for blurbs like “genius” and “suspenseful” when the reviews were actually lukewarm. I KNOW. Consider my youthful naivete and innocence irrevocably shattered. The next thing you know the NY Times Book Review is going to tell me there is no such thing as an Easter Bunny. (Someone put that candy in a basket, and it wasn’t me.)
Lawrence Wright will soon have a closet full of awards to even rival literary-award-receiving machine Cormac McCarthy. Wright first won an LA Times Book Prize for THE LOOMING TOWER, then he followed that up with the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for excellence in journalism. Did I mention that book is awesome? I think I did.
Do you like Spelling Bees except for all the spelling? Well, here’s your chance to hear words like “sesquipedalian” without worrying about whether it has a germanic or latin root! Houghton-Mifflin is sponsoring a “Define-a-Thon,” which is just as gleefully nerdtastic as it sounds. The Grand Prize Winner will be placed in a trash can by school bullies. (Sesquipedalian of course is used to describe someone who uses excessively long words. Seemed appropriate. I know you are but what am I?)
And finally, Dr. McSteamy wrote a book! Here I was just going through my Publishers Marketplace email when I saw this: “Pediatric specialist Dr. Mark Sloan’s BIRTH: The Wonders and Oddities of Life’s First Day, combining memoir, history, biology, anthropology and contemporary culture, showing how millions of years of human history are encapsulated in the universal experience of birth, and the first day of life, to Susanna Porter for Ballantine, in a pre-empt, by Sarah Jane Freyman at Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency (world).” But wait, Dr. Sloan is a plastic surgeon! What in the name of Seattle Grace Hospital is going on here??
And finally finally, I would like to apologize to the real Dr. Mark Sloan, who I’m sure was living a completely normal life before the identically named Dr. McSteamy appeared on Grey’s Anatomy. I am guessing the universe will seek retribution when a literary agent named Nathan Bransford appears on a television show, wins a define-a-thon, and is placed in the nearest trash can.
Have a great weekend anyone!