This week! Books!
First up, I swung by The Kidlit Social to give an interview about how to find your story’s hook, even if you don’t have a very hook-y book, and other assorted advice about the importance of getting good at pitching, even if it just means possessing the ability to talk about your book in polite company without boring people to tears. Check it out!
The publishing industry lost two legendary editors in the past year, and editor Jonathan Segal paid tribute to late Knopf editors Sonny Mehta and Dan Frank, along with the now-usual generational exhortation about the perils of cancel culture.
If you’re thinking about starting a newsletter, definitely check out this edition by David Gaughran about the subscriber journey and how to roll out the red carpet.
I enjoyed this roundup of books featuring characters with mundane occupations.
And what to do when you want to be a writer or artist but your parents want you to be a doctor, lawyer, or engineer? Viet Thanh Nguyen rounds up some strategies.
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:
- The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
- Nine Lives by Danielle Steel
- Falling by T.J. Newman
- The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
- People We Met on Vacation by Emily Henry
Adult print and e-book nonfiction:
- How I Saved the World by Jesse Watters
- This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan
- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
- Trejo by Danny Trejo with Donal Logue
- Killing the Mob by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
Young adult hardcover:
- One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
- Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
- Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
- Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Middle grade hardcover:
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio
- Refugee by Alan Gratz
- Ali Cross: Like Father, Like Son by James Patterson
- Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston
- The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling
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!
Have a great weekend!
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