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The last few weeks! Books! Writing! All the stuff!
First off, thanks to everyone who voted on what my guide to writing a novel should cost. I have decided to accept your judgment and go with $4.99 to start. The guide should be ready to go in a little over a week, just in time for NaNoWriMo!
It’s been a while since I’ve done a link roundup and boy did the articles pile up. I even went to Europe and back since the last one, as the photo above can attest.
But the Internet has been cooking up a feast of good stuff. Here it is.
The eminently quotable uber-agent Andrew Wylie gave a pretty amazing interview to the New Republic, in which he talks about his newfound disdain for Amazon. Highly recommended reading.
This happened almost forever ago, but if you somehow missed it, J.K. Rowling is writing screenplays for new movies taking place in the Harry Potter universe. Fans, rejoice!
Has the era of bundled print and e-book sales finally arrived? Amazon recently announced Kindle MatchBook, which gives readers the option to buy discounted e-books for books where they bought the print edition. As Michael J. Sullivan points out, this may not be quite the game-changer it seems because publishers need to agree to it, and Joe Wikert is concerned it represents a further erosion of the perceived value of e-books.
Never let it be said that it’s easy to be friends with an author. As Mark Slouka writes, “Want to lose a friend who’s a writer? Ask her, a month in, how it’s going. Better still, ask her to describe what she’s working on.”
Meanwhile, it’s never easy to be a public figure period. My friend and former colleague Karyne Levy wrote a really incredible article on what it’s like to be on the receiving of Internet abuse.
Sarah McCarry (aka The Rejectionist) had a fantastic interview with Lisa Brackmann about the writing life and the pressures on authors. One of the fantastic quotes from Lisa:
Authors are responsible for more and more of their own promotion and are expected to do a lot of work that didn’t used to be part of the job description. I think most of us accept that this is the modern market and are willing to pull our weight. But these are things that take time and for which we are in general not directly compensated. If you’re working other jobs or if you have family responsibilities, the question becomes when, exactly, are you supposed to do all these things and still be writing books?
Meanwhile, I’m a pretty big Parks & Rec fan, and was intrigued to see Aziz Ansari got a book deal.
Bookstores are doomed to fail, right? Well, not so fast. Forbes has an awesome profile of bookstore owner Jeff Mayersohn, who is using an Espresso Book Machine to help close the inventory gap with Amazon.
Maggie Mason has a roundup of some pretty awesome children’s book tattoos.
Beloved Twitter spambot Horse Ebooks wasn’t a spambot after all, which made some people really sad. Which is somewhat funny and shows just how much we crave random serendipity and natural poetry in the world. Maybe we really do want a robot uprising?
Book consultant Mike Shatzkin wrote recently that marketing will replace editorial as the driving force in book publishing. Bloomsbury publisher Peter Ginna says not so fast.
Lots of famous authors had day jobs. Writers Digest rounded up 10 of the oddest ones.
Author Todd Mitchell has 10 great suggestions on creating book trailers that don’t suck.
Editor Alan Rinzler wrote about how to grab and delight your readers right from the start.
Jennifer Hubbard rounded up three posts on the need to take a break from time to time.
And finally, I missed this when it was originally posted, but my colleague Lindsay van Thoen helped put together this amazing stopmotion abbreviated history of Harry Potter. (Warning: SPOILERS!)
Have a great weekend!