This week! Books!
A brief scheduling note that I am going on a post-vaccination blog holiday for a couple of weeks, and I’ll be back with fresh content on May 24. Hope everyone who has access to a vaccine gets one and please consider donating to countries in need if you have the means.
I’ll be checking email while I’m away, so please reach out to me if you need help with your manuscript or query letter or if you need some coaching!
Now then, on to the links.
Representatives Ted Lieu and Teresa Leger introduced legislation that would invest $60 million ($ link) inspired by the Depression-era Federal Writers Project. The bill would address unemployment among writers by hiring them to chronicle stories that help archive American history.
Writing at Jane Friedman’s blog, John B. Thompson discusses the current holy grail among publishers in the new online bookselling-oriented world: establishing direct relationships with readers.
At Writer Unboxed, agent Donald Maass has a great post on why fictional characters often act in ways that would make real life friends worry a great deal about them, and how it’s so important to create a sense of inevitability for their actions.
Anne R. Allen dives into unsympathetic characters and how to retain a reader’s interest.
And agent Janet Reid has a reminder that often when an agent passes it’s not even about whether the book is good or bad and it’s not something you can fix.
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:
- Sooley by John Grisham
- Finding Ashley by Danielle Steel
- A Gambling Man by David Baldacci
- Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells
- The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman
Adult print and e-book nonfiction:
- What Happened to You? by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey
- The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell
- You Are Your Best Thing edited by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown
- How Y’all Doing? by Leslie Jordan
- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
Young adult hardcover:
- Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
- Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
- Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
- One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Middle grade hardcover:
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio
- The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling
- The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
- Refugee by Alan Gratz
- When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
This week on the blog
In case you missed them, here are this week’s posts:
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And keep up with the discussion in all the places!
And finally, you must enjoy this wonderful interview with renowned tree scientist Suzanne Simard, who researches the interconnectedness between trees, something she recognizes that indigenous cultures had already long known.
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