Hello all, it’s summertime, which means publishing news is not exactly burning up the telegraph wires. And plus I still have to finish packing up my office for its impending extreme makeover. The office building manager just told me that the interior is going to be either bright yellow or brown. Please please please cross your fingers for me that it’s brown. And no, I don’t have a choice.
So anyway, rather than summarize the very non-exciting publishing news this week, I thought I would do a quick roundup of some of the great advice that has been offered this week on my favorite publishing blogs.
Over at Bookends LLC, Jessica Faust, in typical helpful fashion, provides a really succinct and effective explanation on why it pays to be classy when you interact with people in the publishing industry. And in a post that should be nominated for a Best Publishing Advice of the Year Award, she provides a breakdown of some warning signs that you might have a bad agent. Such a difficult thing to explain, and yet such a good breakdwon.
One of things authors keep hearing again and again is how important it is to be your own publicist and build your own buzz, etc. etc. Over at MJ Rose’s Buzz, Balls & Hype, agent Simon Lipskar provides an interesting and honest counterpoint that suggests that yes, while all those things are important, the burden on making a book a bestseller is still on the publisher.
Kristin Nelson explains why you shouldn’t tell an agent you have 10 unpublished novels in your drawer.
Jonathan Lyons is doing a running series of agent-perserverence stories. Keep watching there because you might just see a certain Sacramento Kings fan posting his own tale.
And finally, the Millions just ran down its list of the most anticipated books of the rest of 2007, just in case you wanted to get a head start on your cocktail party banter.
Have a good weekend everyone!