This week! Books!
There are so many publishing scams out there it’s hard to keep track of them, but Anne R. Allen has a really great post on 10 new publishing scams to watch out for in 2020. Be careful out there, people!
The Authors Guild released its 2020 report on the writing and publishing landscape and… wow. There are lots of different things you could take away from it but I couldn’t shake this one: more people are writing and fewer people are reading.
The Atlantic has been on a fan fiction kick lately. Not writing it (though I would love to see that), but rather with two deep dives on fan fiction. For instance, did you know that there was erotic 18th century fan fiction based on, uh, Gulliver’s Travels? They also took a look at deathfic, the apparently oddly satisfying fanfic where people write the deaths of their beloved characters.
Before he was a president he was a writer, and before he was a writer he was a reader. I found this look at Barack Obama’s early adult reading life really fascinating, and it includes details I didn’t realize about his first memoir, Dreams from My Father, including that he had to return the advance on his first book deal because he couldn’t get around to finishing it.
In industry news, Penguin Random House (I’m still not used to that name) announced that they are making progress on their green initiatives and they pledged to be carbon neutral by 2030.
I also loved Jessica’s advice for authors who are planning to write in multiple genres: focus on the present you.
This week in bestsellers
Here are the top five NY Times bestsellers in a few key categories. (All links are affiliate links):
Adult print and e-book fiction:
- American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- Golden in Death by J.D. Robb
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Adult print and e-book nonfiction:
- Open Book by Jessica Simpson with Kevin Carr O’Leary
- A Very Stable Genius by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig
- Profiles in Corruption by Peter Schweizer
- Educated by Tara Westover
- On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
Young adult hardcover:
- One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus
- A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
- Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Middle grade hardcover:
- Legacy and the Queen by Annie Matthew. Created by Kobe Bryant
- Epoca: The Tree of Ecrof by Ivy Claire. Created by Kobe Bryant
- The Wizenard: Training Camp by Wesley King. Created by Kobe Bryant
- Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison with Kwesi Johnson
- Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney
This week on the blog
Don’t forget that you can nominate your first page and query for a free critique on the blog:
In case you missed them, here are this week’s posts:
- One of the fastest paths to rejection: implying you don’t read much
- Clear out the clutter around your verbs
- Sharpen your characters’ choices in a query (query critique)
Comment! of! the! week! goes to Jon, who chimed in on this week’s query critique. Good copyeditors never fail to blow my mind.
FYI to all:
A citizen of Atlantis is an “Atlantean”, not “Atlantian”.
And finally, if you have ever worked in an office, particularly in the tech world, you probably found yourself using seriously strange words or normal words in seriously strange ways. I loved this article by Molly Young about corporate speak, or, as she calls it, garbage language.
Have a great weekend!
Need help with your book? I’m available for manuscript edits, query critiques, and coaching!
For my best advice, check out my guide to writing a novel (now available in audio) and my guide to publishing a book.
And if you like this post: subscribe to my newsletter!
Art: The “snow monsters” of Zao Onsen, Japan. Photo by me. Follow me on Instagram!