Last Week! Books!
So in case we need any reminding why I changed the name of the weekly roundup from This Week in Publishing to This Week in Books… well, you need only see that I missed some big publishing industry news from a few weeks back. One that involved my old agency no less. Publisher/distributor Perseus is creating a distribution and marketing service for authors who wish to self-publish, and is only available to authors who are with an agency that has signed on for the service. A premium self-publishing option, if you will. Janklow & Nesbitt and Curtis Brown Ltd. are reported to be close to signing.
Meanwhile, the NY Times had an article about the myriad ways Amazon is competing directly with publishers, including publishing 122 books this fall and apparently offering $800,000 for a memoir by Penny Marshall.
The National Book Awards finalists were announced, congrats to all the nominees!
And in writing and publishing links, Shrinking Violet Promotions had a post I read very carefully on what sells middle grade books, Rachelle Gardner had a post on what not to say in a query, and Natalie Whipple had a really terrific post on writing and hope, and how even though the path is hard, hope is never the problem: losing it is the problem.
Oh, and in technology news, you may have heard that Apple released iOS 5 for the iPhone and iPad. CNET (which, disclosure, is where I work) has a truly fantastic roundup of everything you need to know.
This week in the Forums, the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards, discussing dialogue format, writing race in novels, and of course, NaNoWriMo approacheth! Who’s doing it?
And finally, not quite sure why this elicited such apocalyptic reactions on the Internet, but behold… a 1-year-old who thinks a magazine is a broken iPad (via CNET).
Hope you had a great weekend!