Are you ready for the most linkerrific TWIP ever?? Yes? No? Oh. Well, here it comes anyway. Be careful with your carry-on items, these links may shift during flight.
First off, in philanthropic news, Moonrat is hosting a raffle for a friend who is battling cancer and is offering query and manuscript critiques for your raffling pleasure, so please please check out the raffle site. The very busy Moonrat also recently wrote about the myth that there are no great editors anymore, and gives some advice for all those people who want to prepare for a job in publishing.
Hot off the Pub Lunch wire: Sony has announced details about their new e-reader, which will feature a touch screen with a virtual keyboard, expanded memory, and an LED nightlight. Well played, Sony. Well played indeed. The sad: still no wireless or Mac compatibility. Tears.
Meanwhile, GalleyCat floats a question about whether there will soon be a book version of Napster. That sound you hear is my head hitting my desk. Ouch!
A few months back we debated Random House’s decision to cancel publication of THE JEWEL OF MEDINA, a novel about one of Muhammad’s wives. Well, that decision just got quite a bit more real as the home of the British publisher was firebombed (luckily no one was injured). So far publication is moving forward as planned, and my thoughts go out all of those brave publishing employees who are truly living the values of freedom of speech and press.
I tell you what, NY Mag’s End of Publishing article has generated quite the response, and perhaps none more eloquent than Kassia Kroszer’s over at Booksquare, who suggests that the teeth gnashing about the decline of literary fiction stems from a misguided notion about literary niches that were “never were as big and profitable as legend suggested.” The business of giving readers what they want: basically unchanged.
Lynne Spears was in the news last week wondering why mothers of pop stars are held to different standards than um… some unnamed prominent people who you might read about if this were a political blog. Why do I mention this? Because Spears has a parenting memoir out! And in case you’re wondering why religious publisher Thomas Nelson decided to publish Lynne Spears’ book, Thomas Nelson CEO/blogger Michael Hyatt recently wrote a post entitled Why Did We Publish Lynne Spears’ Book? There you have it.
Annnnnnnd speaking of giving readers what they want, Forbes tallied up the yearly earnings of the top ten moneymaking authors. JK Rowling led the way with $300 million, and the combined earnings of the top 10 was $563 million. Yowsa.
Annnnnnd speaking of the supposed decline of literary fiction, reader John Ochwat was first to point me to this quote from the head of the Nobel Prize for Literature Horace Engdahl, who, despite the existence of Cormac McCarthy, Michael Chabon, Stephen Dixon, John Updike, Paris Hilton and Jonathan Franzen, has the audacity to say: “The U.S. is too isolated, too insular. They don’t translate enough and don’t really participate in the big dialogue of literature. That ignorance is restraining.” Oh realllllllly. I know you are, but what am I?
Annnnnd speaking of that unnamed prominent person from earlier, Virgina Quarterly Review was thrilled to find out that Sarah Palin is a reader of VQR! Well. Technically.
In publishing advice news, do you need a literary agent? Agent Kate Shafer Testerman recently addressed an article on that topic, and her post is seriously worth a read.
And next in publishing advice news, the good and innovative people over at HarperStudio have good advice from a former publicity director on starting your publicity now.
And finally (no, really!), I had always thought of publishing as being a lot like a soccer — a lot of kicking the ball and waiting for something to happen punctuated by some exciting goals (well, hopefully). But reader Dawn Metcalf has perhaps the most apt comparison I’ve seen. CALVINBALL!!
Have a great weekend!