Whew! Lots and lots of links to share with you from the last few weeks, so let’s get straight to it.
Very sad news as one of my very very favorite writers as a child, and then one of my very very favorite writers I had the privilege of working with in the publishing industry, passed away recently. Jean Craighead George was the author of Julie of the Wolves and My Side of the Mountain, and a seriously wonderful person. She will be very very missed.
Some serious news from a publisher as Houghton Mifflin, saddled with debts and liabilities of over $1 billion, filed for bankruptcy.
You may remember a few months back when I featured a video by a web travel show I had come across by Sonia Gil. Well, we can now say we knew her when because she just won a Webby Award for Best Web Personality/Host. Congrats, Sonia!
Have a self-published novel and want it to get stocked by a bookstore? Might be helpful to see how things look from the other side. Here’s a guide to stocking self-published novels… for booksellers (via The Millions).
Industry sage Mike Shatzkin wrote an open letter to the DOJ about the collusion lawsuit and settlement, raising some objections on technical grounds. I feel like there’s been a whole lot of mud flung against people who are opposed to the lawsuit, and everyone would do themselves a favor by absorbing this letter and seeing that, agree or disagree, there are very intelligent reasons why some people are opposing the lawsuit and settlement.
My former client Jennifer Hubbard wrote an awesome guest post for Cynthia Leitich Smith on the power of the walking writer.
Self-published author seeks agent. What is an agent looking for? Rachelle Gardner breaks it down.
Author Barry Eisler has been a bit of a lightning rod lately with his decision to go to Amazon to publish his next book and his outspoken opinions on traditional publishing. Editor Alan Rinzler has a comprehensive post on what writers can learn from him.
Remember how Google scanned all the books in the world and there has been a lawsuit against them that has been pending for like seven thousand years? Well, a judge has paved the way for authors to sue Google for infringement.
Hilarious: Malcolm Gladwell Book Generator.
CNET (where I am employed) had a hands-on with Sony’s Wonderbook, which J.K. Rowling has a hand in, and which uses augmented reality to play with spells and such. CNET’s conclusion: it’s really more of a toy than a book.
This week in the Forums: Tumblr vs. Blogger, weird Google phrases that got people to your blog, Ray Bradbury passed away, the guilt of being a non-published writer, and how to identify the plot point.
Have a great weekend!!