This first week of 2008 in Publishing:
Esteemed fellow agent and intellectual property lawyer Jonathan Lyons is going to be giving a Mediabistro course on negotiating book contracts, so if you are going to be in the New York area on March 27th, definitely, definitely check that out. Your future book contract will thank you.
Central Connecticut State University released its rankings of the most literate cities in the US, and coming in first place is San Franc…. uh.. Minneapolis, Minnesota. San Francisco came in 7th. Behind St. Louis. The study’s methodology? QUESTIONABLE.
Via GalleyCat, Business Week has an article about the self-publishing boom (Lulu in particular) and benefits and shortcomings thereof. Pros cited in article: Low cost, easy to get published (and then some!), ability to market on Internet. Cons: Lack of professional editing, distribution. Carry on.
Who says publishing closes down over the holidays? Um. Besides me? While we were all sipping egg nog, Santa brought Karl Rove a book deal! Yes, Rove inked a book deal with Threshold, a conservative imprint at Simon & Schuster, for a reported $1.5 million. I would make a joke… but I’m too scared of Karl Rove.
Via Shelf Awareness, not only are the kids not reading, they are BREAKING INTO DEAD WRITERS’ HOMES. According to the AP, a wild pack of teenagers broke into former summer home of Robert Frost, destroying furniture, puking in the living room, and discharging fire extinguishers. Then again, maybe the teens had just read AN ARSONIST’S GUIDE TO WRITERS’ HOMES IN NEW ENGLAND. Who says literacy is dead??
And finally, the first episode of Season 5 of the Wire airs on Sunday! I’m extremely excited (because IT’S THE WIRE), but terribly sad, because it’s the last the Wire season ever. My prediction for the final season? David Simon gets Shakespearean and EVERYBODY DIES.
Have a great weekend!