Publishing decided to go and have a relatively quiet week this week. Thank you for the breather, publishing news! I had gotten used to the world being revolutionized. Every single day.
First up, for those of you in the vicinity of New York City, on February 18th there will be an upcoming panel on Digital Publishing and the Author with some publishing luminaries, including my quite brilliant colleague Ginger Clark. Be sure and check that out.
And speaking of digital publishing and the future, the NY Times found some customers who do not like e-books that cost more than $9.99. One. Single. Bit. Though I would have been more impressed if the NY Times found any consumer who would go on the record saying they like higher prices. Maybe someone living in opposite land.
The most helpful Stephen Parrish pointed me to an article wonder, so what in the heck is in J.D. Salinger’s safe anyway? So far the answer from everyone who might know has been “No comment. Hopefully this will end up being a tad more exciting than the time they opened up Al Capone’s vault on TV only there was nothing in it. Then again that might be kind of awesome too.
Jennifer Briggs pointed me to a very enjoyable post on the tacky book covers of yore. The cheesiness, it abounds.
In life of the writer news, @colsonwhitehead linked to a really interesting article by Dani Shapiro about the difficulty of making a living writing. She laments our current emphasis on publishing rather than creating, though I somehow suspect this isn’t actually a recent development.
In agent advice news, Rachelle Gardner has a great post on the three things that make her say “yes”: craft, story, and voice.
And finally, in an attempt to out-Twitter Twitter, Google Buzz launched amid a flurry of, well, buzz and controversy. Anyone checked it out yet? What do you think?
Have a great weekend!