NEXT week in Publishing is Thanksgiving week, and in honor of the festivities I will be running a series of posts called “Thanksgiving Leftovers!”
Yes, these are just re-runs of old posts AND YOU’RE GOING TO LIKE IT.
Ahhh, nothing like a lot of yelling to make everyone know they’re around family. Pass the sweet potatoes.
Anyway, this week in publishing there was some really big publishing news. One story in particular. And if you think I’m touching it with a one million foot pole in this blog you’re crazy.
Congratulations to Robert Hass, Sherman Alexie, Denis Johnson and Tim Weiner, YOU are this year’s National Book Award winners. Denis Johnson had his wife read a letter in lieu of an acceptance speech because he’s in Iraq on a writing assignment. Also Denis Johnson could totally take Chuck Norris.
Paperback Writer wrote a devastatingly awesome post on whether you are writing McNovel. You should get over there and McCheck it out before you send me a McQuery.
And finally, I don’t often fill you in on my correspondence with aspiring authors (and I don’t usually mess with aspiring authors), but I just couldn’t help it this time and I feel it is in the public good for me to share this because people saying they’re including a SASE in e-mailed queries has become shockingly common. (Author’s reply is adapted/fictitious/possibly pulled out of thin air. As far as you know.)
Author: …I have enclosed a SASE for your reply.
Nathan: Hey, I didn’t get the SASE in your e-mailed query. Could you send that to me?
Author: I don’t think it would work to include a SASE in an e-mail
Have a great weekend!