First up, for those who are in the San Francisco Bay Area and who also happen to write suspense or thrillers or related materials, I will be meeting with the SF Sisters in Crime tomorrow at noon out in the Sunset. Dana promises to follow with details in the comments section, so if you want details: Dana has them.
Also, if I don’t turn up to blog on Monday, well, my obituary will probably read that I should have known better than to agree to meet with a group that calls themselves Sisters in Crime.
In friend-of-the-blog news, Stuart Neville aka Conduit is celebrating the release of the terrifically-reviewed THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST (congrats, Stuart!) with a very cool Twitter contest. If you fancy that you could write a scary story in 124 characters: you too could be a winner.
You may have heard about the Twitter books, but did you hear that a man’s Facebook status was given a book deal? The Onion, as always, is there with the crucial details. (via Erin Clifford)
In e-book news, they announced…. wait… no! Don’t skip the paragraph!! I have to report on this stuff!!! Darn it. The e-book news always scares them away. Anyway, for the two people still reading, I’ll make this as fast as possible: Sony and Smashwords partnering up, Daily Beast and Perseus teaming up for rapid e-books, maybe publishers withholding e-books actually kinda makes sense after all (except for readers), Amazon settling lawsuit with angry kid whose Orwell notes were deleted, and Simon & Schuster is going wild for Vooks, aka video books with web stuff.
Oh. And remember all that news about how the Dan Brown e-book was outselling the print book and much more than the usual 5%? Yeah, not so much.
Kristin Nelson has a must must must must must (that’s five musts) read guest post by Megan Crewe obliterating the widespread myth that you have to have connections in order to get a book deal. Now, obviously I am not exactly the poster child for puncturing this myth, but luckily Megan’s there with actual stats.
Neil Vogler passed along a great post from the Independent that looks back on some classic bedtime stories that are actually pretty gruesome and terrifying.
In book piracy news, as a reminder of how book piracy has been with us forever, GalleyCat has an awesome post about how angry Charles Dickens was about rampant piracy of his books in the US. And the post has actual video footage!! Or old episodes of Bonanza. Either way.
If you’re not reading anonymous agency assistant The Rejectionist, well, make ye haste, people. Make ye haste. R has a post that is both hilarious and helpful about the many book topics that are not in fact inherently interesting. In other words: yes, you can write a book about these topics. But you’re going to have to work at it.
And finally, this week….. in rice harvest:
Photo by my dad.
Have a great weekend!