I’m off to New York next week for a whirlwind round of approximately 2,274 1/2 meetings, so posting will be sporadic until my return. Now if New York would kindly cooperate and keep its weather below 80 degrees I’d appreciate it. I’m watching you, humidity. Don’t get sassy.
It may have been Gut Week in Publishing on this blog, but it was Sequel Week in the rest of publishing. That’s because two major, beloved franchises are getting sequels, and not your ordinary “let’s just put a sequential number at the end” type either. First, from Penguin’s UK blog came word that ARTEMIS FOWL author Eoin Colfer will be writing a sequel to the late Douglas Adams’ HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY series. Hyperion will be publishing here in the US. Hope Eoin brought his towel. Meanwhile, Publishers Marketplace brings news that Candice Bushnell just signed a deal with Balzer & Bray to write a YA novel based on Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years.
In a move that had me saying “Innnnnnteresting,” Sony announced that their Sony Reader would soon be sold in Target stores. The Kindle is still only for sale via Amazon’s website. Who wins in the brick and mortar vs. silicon battle of the e-readers? Grab your popcorn and coke, this one is going to be a barnburner.
That sound you heard is the economy melting down! And how are book sales doing? Um… Yeah. Maya Reynolds notes a PW report that book sales took another tumble in July, and are only up 1.7% over last year, compared to 3.2% in the entire retail sector. Blech.
This may explain why telling people to stop writing is a growth industry. Into the territory championed by Sean Lindsay at 101 Reasons to Stop Writing, GalleyCat noted an article by career specialist Penelope Trunk called 5 reasons you don’t need to write a book. #4 Reason is that you’ll make more money flipping burgers than writing, to which authors everywhere will respond, “Well, YEAH….”
Bestselling suspense author Jeff Abbott noted a recent study on the destructive force of the Internet on writing. Of course, if you’re reading this, the Internet is probably distracting you from writing. Ha! The Internet is a clever foe indeed.
My client Jennifer Hubbard, author of the forthcoming BLACK MOUNTAIN ROAD, wrote a seriously awesome post on voice. Among the insightful insights: voice isn’t just for first person, and a compelling voice is consistent and yet complex. There’s much more, and it’s terrific advice.
And finally, you know all those books we were embarrassed we hadn’t read? Well, along came British author Richard Wilson with an article on 10 Books NOT to Read Before you Die. Mine is #9, and plenty of popular answers were among those Richard says we shouldn’t read.
Have a great weekend!