Hello. Nice to see you.
First up, an update on the Be An Agent for a Day contest. Thank you so much to the hundreds and hundreds (and hundreds) of you who have volunteered your query. When I started I thought, “I sure hope I can get 50!” That was misguided.
I’m going to finish up automating the 50 lucky queries over the weekend, and I’ll set a “Tips and Reminders” post to go live at 7:45 AM Pacific time Monday morning. The queries will start posting automatically starting at 8:00 AM. I’m definitely excited to see how this will go!
Meanwhile, there was a week in publishing, and I was following it even when I was in Tulsa. Publishing: I’m watching you.
Pretty big news from HarperCollins, who will be publishing two posthumous Michael Crichton novels. The first is about pirates, which sounds like a pretty awesome combo, and then the second is going to be one that’s finished by another author. Hmmm…
In grammar news, John UpChurch wants to make sure you know your en dashes from your hyphens. That sounded dirty.
My esteemed and wonderful colleague Ginger Clark was interviewed by her client Gretchen McNeil about her response to AgentFail, including why it’s not as easy as one might think to set up automated responses to queries. Allow me to add my own four cents: 1) separate e-mail addresses are a pain, 2) you don’t want editors and your clients getting annoying auto-replies when they accidentally trigger the keywords, 3) auto-replies are hardly fool proof, 4) it’s all up to the agent anyway. There. You almost have a nickel.
Agent Rachelle Gardner has been bringing it with the awesome blogs lately, and she has an excellent post this week about what your queries say about you. We agents read a lot between the lines.
I forgot to put this in last week’s TWIP, but on April Fool’s Day Kassia Kroszer linked to some (fake) book smell products and said,”enough with the smell of books, already!” And you just know I’m with her. No one gets into a car and says, “Gee, I sure wish this car smelled like a horse.”
In publishing terminology news, The Book Publicity Blog explains the difference between advertising and publicity. The primer: advertising = bought. Publicity = exchanged.
And finally, you know those articles about self-publishing that make it sound like self-publishing is the easiest way to riches since being born an oil heiress? Well, Victoria Strauss has a hilarious breakdown of the way these articles are always written. Take a few success stories, subtract crucial details, and add a dash of “the publishing world will never be the same” and you have yourself an article!
Have a great weekend!