Thanks again so much to everyone for your kind words about JACOB WONDERBAR, I really, really appreciate it!
But meanwhile, there was a week in publishing and let’s summarize it, hmm?
First up, lest ye think I’ve gone all high-fallutin’ on you, Anne & May are hosting an America’s Next Top Model elimination pool where you make your picks for the top three and then guess who will be eliminated each week. The winner gets a $25 B&N gift certificate and the incredible, immense pride that goes with correctly picking the winners of a bizarre reality television show. In case you’re wondering: yes, I’m entering, and yes, I’m going to win. You’re know you’re too “catalogue” to beat these smiling eyes.
Your Amazon Controversy of the Week is brought to you by their Kindle loss/theft policy and the letters WTF. When your Kindle is lost or stolen Amazon refuses to shut it down or aid in its recovery unless directed by court subpoena. Yup. The article notes that they are hardly alone in this policy, but there is no real procedure for legally transferring ownership of the device. Or, you know, stopping the guy who stole yours from using it.
Amid rumors that Time Warner is contemplating entering the e-book reader device game, David Pogue caught up with Steve Jobs and asked him about the future market for dedicated e-readers. Jobs’ opinion may sound familiar if you read the comments section of this blog: “I’m sure there will always be dedicated devices, and they may have a few advantages in doing just one thing. But I think the general-purpose devices will win the day. Because I think people just probably aren’t willing to pay for a dedicated device.” I think a lot of people around these parts will concur.
In innovative book news, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman’s NURTURE SHOCK, an incredible book about the latest thinking in parenting, has an awesome blog over at Newsweek and, coolest of all, starting on September 14th, chapters will be posted on PoBronson.com, Nurtureshock.com and Twelvebooks.com, and readers will be able to annotate the text and add their own footnotes, creating a shared book. Should be pretty interesting.
The juggernaut that is James Patterson signed A 17 BOOK DEAL with Hachette. The best part? This only covers the books coming out in the next three years.
In other Hachette news, the NY Times was able to break the embargo on Ted Kennedy’s memoir by obtaining an unauthorized early copy. Yen at the Book Publicity Blog reflects on the history of embargoes and their importance. And it turns out that Hachette was so miffed about the embargo-breaking that they hired a private detective to sniff out who leaked it. Wow.
And this got me to thinking: which literary detective should they put on The Case of the Broken Embargo? Make your pick in the comments section. I’m going with Harriet the Spy.
Sad news this week as startup Quartet Press announced that it was closing, and Kassia Kroszer reflects on what she learned about the e-book market. Her post is an absolute must read about the challenges of this new marketplace.
Are Amish romances the new vampires? EW’s book blog investigates the pressing question of the day.
There have been a couple of blogging-related awards this week. First up, Book Blogger Appreciation Week has announced its shortlists for the Best Writing Blogs, and I’m flattered to be among some incredible company for Best Publishing/Industry Blog along with some of my very favorite sites: GalleyCat, Follow the Reader, Jacket Copy, and, of course, Pimp My Novel. Click through to vote for your favorite. Editor Unleashed also released a terrific list of the twenty-five best writing blogs. The good blogs! They abound!
And SPEAKING OF, over at Pimp My Novel, which, as you may recall, and if you don’t recall oh let me not so gently remind you, had its birth right here on this blog: an incredibly hilarious and informative take on a day in the life of a publishing sales assistant. At this point I’d say Pimp My Novel is the greatest thing since sliced bread, ONLY IT’S FAR, FAR BETTER THAN SLICED BREAD. It’s just an incredible blog. I can hear it now….. a tense moment on the Death Star…. lightsabers clashing….. Eric’s words echo: “When I left you I was but the learner, but now I am the master…..” Sheesh. The force is strong in this one.
My wonderful client Natalie Whipple has been hard at work on some revisions, but thankfully for all of us she took some time to provide a checklist of ways to beat revision fatigue. Really great advice.
And finally, one of my great loves is public transportation, and the Book Design Review has a pretty cool roundup of some transit map inspired book covers.
Have a great weekend!