This week! Books!
We have some mighty fine links for you, let’s get started.
Your latest publishers vs. Amazon dustup is brought to you by the buy button, which Amazon has opened up to third party sellers. Agent Rachelle Gardner has a good overview of what’s at stake, and over at the HuffPost, Brooke Warner argues it’s going to drive down the value of books.
There are a lot of writing services out there, and they’re not all created equal. Two posts this week as a reminder, one from Tara Sparling (via Anne R. Allen) and one from Kristen Lamb. I’m going to blog more about this soon. Amazon told Publishers Lunch (subscription link) that they’re dedicated to removing potential bad actors.
Time Magazine took a look at six books to read before they become movies.
You need an elevator pitch for conferences so you can pitch your book at a moment’s notice, right??? Not so fast.
But you do need a good synopsis.
James Patterson and Bill Clinton are teaming up to write a novel so… yeah. That is happening.
And speaking of politics, this is a pretty interesting interview with a Berkeley professor who has a lot to say about the use of political language.
This week in the Forums:
Got any good music recommendations?
Is it okay to use a recently sold but unpublished book as a comp title?
What’s the best way to meet agents at a conference?
Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog
Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog
something like a fitbit only for writing. so when you’ve not written however many words in a certain period of time, the thing alerts you, in a kind but notable fashion, that you need to get off your ass.
And finally, real-life DuckTales money bin!
Have a great weekend!
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