Phis Teek Wn Iublishing
Also, before we get to the links, just a heads up that I’m participating in author Swati Avasthi’s charity auction to benefit the Family Violence Prevention Fund. There are lots and lots of great things up for bididng, including many signed copies of great books, and a query critique from yours truly.
Also also, in yesterday’s post I reversed the character names in FAT KID RULES THE WORLD. Gah! Please forgive me. Further proof that I need a copyeditor by my side at all times as an urgent public safety precaution.
The Rejectionist is having an incredible uncontest wherein people approximately a million times braver than I are sharing their hilarious/awesome/embarrassing writings from childhood. Head on over to enter yours!
There’s a new e-readable tablet on the horizon as Blackberry has introduced the Playbook, which will be released in early 2011. CNET’s got the specs along with a guess of pricing between $500-$1,000, and PWxyz has the publishing news: Kobo is planning a social book reading app that will incorporate BlackBerry Messenger, and Amazon announced that it is planning a Kindle app for the Playbook as well.
In other e-reader news, e-book platform Blio, which promises a more interactive e-book experience, was launched amid what PWxyz characterized as a “shakey” debut. Blio is working to fix the issues and will be expanding on its initial slate of 11,000 titles.
And in still further e-reader news, a Scholastic study reported that kids say they would read more if they had an e-reader. Oh yes. I remember that trick. But MOOOOOMMMMM, it’s EDUCATIONAL!!! Oh. And the same study suggests that 39% of kids think information on the Internet is “always” correct. Okay, wow. Kids, for the record: there IS a Santa Claus, everything you’ve read about Chuck Norris is completely true, and JACOB WONDERBAR is a work of nonfiction, so you might want to stock up on corndogs in case a man in a spacesuit comes around willing to trade you a spaceship. Just wanted to clear that up, there’s some bad information out there.
In writing and life of the writer news, in an article I agree with 1,000%, author Ann Patchett talks about the primacy of plot, Bryan Russell/Ink talks about choosing what to work on next and relates it to gravity, Tahereh has a hilarious post on the ten phases of rejection, Kate Schafer Testerman tackles one of the oft-asked query etiquette questions: can you resubmit a query?, and New York Magazine spotted American Book Review’s list of the 100 Best First Lines in Novels.
In a provocative post on Shrinking Violet Promotions, and perhaps a further sign that author sentiment toward social media seems to be ebbing, Sarah Prineas talked about how social media is a place to connect, not a place to sell. She couldn’t put it more starkly: “author shilling does not sell books,” and she cites blog tours and contests, Facebook fan pages, and retweets of book mentions as things that don’t work, and concludes that authors have more to lose than gain with self-promotion. Agree? Disagree? Personally I feel like it’s the execution of the marketing that’s more important than the method.
Further to Wednesday’s post about which book would prompt you to stop and talk to someone, The Rejectionist pointed me to a post in the new Paris Review blog, which has some great advice about which books to read on which NYC subway line. Hint: better bring a tome for the G.
And very sad news, literary agent Ralph Vicinanza, who over his long career represented many great authors and repped the foreign rights for Stephen King, Norman Mailer, and other luminaries, passed away this week.
This week in the Forums: there’s been an overall re-organization of the Forums including a new redesigned Ask Nathan forum that will hopefully result in easier browsability, so please check that out. Among the topics being discussed: paperback originals, whether to get an agent before submitting to a small press, gender roles and the pressure of Prince Charming, the passive voice is debated, dealing with getting stuck 1/3 of the way through a novel, and what’s your favorite song that tells a story?
Comment! of! the! Week! Goes! To! Honestly there were so many great comments in Tuesday’s post about Banned Books Week in the Internet Era that I couldn’t bear to choose just one. So I’m bestowing a collective Comment on the Week to everyone in that thread. Thanks for such interesting thoughts!
And finally, as I’m sure you’ve heard by now, in the 13,872,985th sign of the supposed impending literary apocalypse, Snooki from Jersey Shore will be publishing a novel. There’s always a ton of handwringing about The State of Publishing and The End of Literature As We Know It whenever one of these celebrity deals gets announced, but as this great Millions article (and comments section) demonstrates: books by celebrities have a very long history. The literary world will keep turning.
Have a great weekend!