This week! Books!
These are tough and anxious times for everyone, and it’s tempting to want your book to be the thing that is going to be the thing that lifts your spirits, naturally when it gets published and validated and you become rich and appreciated throughout the realm. At Jane Friedman’s blog, Susan DeFreitas cautions against holding out on publishing to make you feel seen and offers another path for giving and receiving the thing that all writers really need.
And speaking of which, I really loved this meditation on writing by Hilary Mantel, which spans why we write in the first place, to the affliction known as writer’s block, to the things writers need (demand?) from the people around them.
The publishing industry’s efforts to rectify its longstanding problems with diversity and inclusion continue apace, including a new imprint at Hachette dedicated to social justice and writers of color and new hires throughout the industry.
And your weekly reminder that it’s really important to know your book’s genre. Here are some tips from agent Rachelle Gardner.
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:
- A Time for Mercy by John Grisham
- The Return by Nicholas Sparks
- The Searcher by Tana French
- The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett
- Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Adult print and e-book nonfiction:
- Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
- Untamed by Glennon Doyle
- Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
- Accidentally Wes Anderson by Wally Koval
- One Vote Away by Ted Cruz
Young adult hardcover:
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
- A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
- Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha
- All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott
Middle grade hardcover:
- Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure by Jeff Kinney
- The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
- Wonder by R.J Palacio
- A Tale of Witchcraft by Chris Colfer
- Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander
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:
- How to keep up with the publishing industry in 2020
- How to weave more voice into a query letter (query critique)
And keep up with the discussion in all the places!
And finally, the last four years have revealed some very ugly truths about the United States. I thought this rumination on the America of the past and present by Wallace Shawn was really powerful.
Have a great weekend! Vote!
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