An abbreviated week in publishing as I imagine the Americans among us will be jetting off early this weekend to celebrate our nation’s birthday. I’ll post the winners of the guest blog contest tomorrow and they’ll run next week.
First up, for all you Brits from whom we stole this fine country: longtime friend of the blog and early contest finalist Stuart “Conduit” Neville’s book THE TWELVE goes on sale today in the UK!!! The US version, GHOSTS OF BELFAST, publishes in October.
Via John Askins, Malcolm Gladwell published a review/takedown of freevangelist* (*trademarked – must credit Nathan Bransford) Chris Anderson’s new book FREE (which had previously been subject to some Wikipedia-plagiarism claims). Gladwell notes that free doesn’t really work as a business model. Seth Godin in turn published a takedown of Malcolm Gladwell, saying free is going to happen anyway. Who’s right? You decide. Also you don’t have to pay to read any of this.
Author/accused memoir fabricator James Frey recently co-wrote a children’s book project that sold to HarperCollins and has already been optioned by Michael Bay. The Guardian’s book blog has the rundown.
Mike Shatzkin wrote a provocative post on the evolving role of agents in the new publishing landscape, concluding that the new pressures on agents who previously specialized in mid- or lower-tier books (which are disappearing) could result in some new experimentation. It’s a thought-provoking article no matter your take on the future of publishing. (Via Jim Duncan’s Twitter feed)
And finally, the Millions put together a truly indispensable preview of one of the most indispensable publishing seasons in recent memory. This fall is going to be huge.
¡Que tenga un buen fin de semana!