In personal agenting news, I received some great news this week about one of the projects I recently handled: Audible announced that none other than Parker Posey is narrating the new audiobook of Betty Friedan’s feminist classic THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE. Pretty cool.
It’s apparently Google’s turn in front of the firing squad this week as the Google Settlement was criticized first by William Morris Endeavor in not one but two letters (to which the Author’s Guild issued not one but two rebuttals), and meanwhile, Microsoft, Amazon, and Yahoo announced that they were aligning against the Google settlement. Rising to Google’s defense was a Washington Post Op-Ed titled….. “Google’s Offer on Digitized Books Could Be Better.” Despite that headline the Wash-Po mainly thinks it’s a good deal.
NPR recently featured a new interactive book experiment by authors JC Hutchins and Jordan Weisman, published by St. Martin’s. To accompany their new novel PERSONAL EFFECTS: DARK ART, they’re including phone numbers and web links that provide an additional interactive experience. I’d be very curious to know what people think about this. (via David Moldawer)
Dan Brown’s THE LOST SYMBOL is dropping in September, and already some quarters of the publishing industry are wringing their hands that it could be the End of Publishing As We Know It. Since Doubleday is releasing the e-book simultaneously with the print book, some think it will trigger a significant shift to e-books (hat tip to Neil Vogler for the link), while former PW editor Sara Nelson dubbed it a “book killer” and found lots of people in the biz worried that the hoopla about THE LOST SYMBOL will drown out news about books by other (massively bestselling) authors. EW’s Shelf Life is all too happy to poke fun at the notion that a surefire bestseller can be considered a menace to the industry: “No wonder book publishers are in such dire straits. They even panic at the prospect of a big hit!”
Jofie Ferrari-Adler just completed the latest entry in his incredible series of interviews, this time with veteran agent Georges Borchardt, who, over the years, has, along with his wife and daughter, represented the likes of Samuel Beckett, Aldous Huxley, T.C. Boyle, Ian McEwan, and many many more. People often wonder how the industry has really changed over the years, and Borchardt has a wonderfully balanced take (and he should know).
Market My Words has a great interview with editor Molly O’Neill of Katherine Tegan Books (HarperCollins), who started on the marketing side of publishing and has some advice that may sound familiar: you need a web presence, you should know how best to use your online marketing tools, and communication is key. Check out the interview for more.
Jeff Abbott, author of TRUST ME, passed along a blog post from Dallas Mavericks owner/rich guy Mark Cuban about a really bad (business) query he received. UPDATE: You can follow Mark Cuban on Twitter here.
In writing advice news, my wonderful client Jennifer Hubbard has a truly insightful post on conflict: while you often hear that you must have conflict, sometimes the best way to build tension is to have your characters avoid conflict with each other.
Almost finally, ladies and gentlemen, as a front page article in the Wall Street Journal attests, there is a scourge sweeping my hometown and greater Colusa County. No, not meth. No, not tractor-battery burglary. Not even gas siphoning. It is the diabolical, evil fiends otherwise known as crayfish poachers. And yes, in case you are wondering, that really is where I grew up, and yes, that really was on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Also we call them crawdads.
And finally, finally, I won’t embed this video as it is decidedly not workplace friendly, and you should not click the link if you have an aversion to Rated R language. But given how much we talk about “The Wire” around these parts, I know some of you enjoy love this completely hilarious YouTube video: The Wire with a laugh track.
Have a great weekend!