|Soho at sunset. Photo by me. I’m on Instagram here!|
Whew! Lots of things have happened in the past few weeks. Let’s get to it.
Very sad news as bestselling author Vince Flynn passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 47, and one of the most successful authors who started out as a self-publisher.
Ever wonder what the first outlines of great works of literature look like? Me too. Thank you, Flavorwire. (via Crystal)
Congrats to Rysa Walker, who won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel award!
Do authors deserve higher e-book royalty rates? Agent Brian DiFiore argues a very passionate yes, based on numbers from publishers. I would tend to agree.
The BBC posted a fascinating article about an analysis of a short story competition for children that generated 90,000 entries, looking at which words the children used most and what it reveals. The results are a must-read for children’s book authors especially. (via Egya)
The LA Times profiled a new book-oriented social network that hopes to compete with Goodreads called Booklikes.
Publisher Melville House argues that there are zero defensible reasons for authors to link to Amazon. Welp. Here’s one: Some people like to read books they bought at Amazon? Who are authors to dictate how people should buy their books?
Lots of people were shocked by the “Red Wedding” episode of Game of Thrones. Including, The Onion would have it, George R.R. Martin: “Oh s*** I totally forgot that happens!“
On a more serious note, io9 looked at 10 sources George R.R. Martin drew upon for GOT.
And finally, you may have seen astronaut Chris Hadfield’s totally incredible cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” which Hadfield shot in space. Which raises the question: Um, how does copyright work in space, anyway? The answer is surprisingly interesting. And here’s the video, in case you missed it:
Have a great weekend!