First up, get your Query Critique Friday on in the Forums! UPDATE: my critique (and more about avoiding perspective shifts in queries if at all possible) posted here.
One of the larger ongoing news items in the publishing world is the board spat between CEO Len Riggio and investor Ron Burkle. Confused about what's going on there? The NY Times has a very helpful breakdown of the who what when where why how of the whole thing.
In an interview, author Danielle Steel denied that she is a romance writer, which for some reason set the blogosphere a-sneerin'. For the record, I think the distinction she was making was between category/traditional romance and the novels she writes, which, sure, often have romantic plotlines, but which fall more in the women's fiction realm. Not sure why this one became news, but hey...
Flavorwire had a pretty priceless collection of cliches in author photos, and, as he was wont to do, Oscar Wilde stole the show. And over at AbeBooks, a pretty cool gallery of authors and pen names.
The world's first Wonka candy store is opening in the Times Square Toys R Us, and.... searching..... searching..... nope. No golden ticket necessary. Whew!
In writing advice news, Laini Taylor discusses the importance of writers having a cheerleader (preferably more than one), Moses Siregar writes about the difference between one, two, three, and four word adjective descriptions, agent Jennifer Laughran writes about the pros and cons of multi-book deals, and agent Kristin Nelson talks about how the best way to approach daunting query odds is by covering your ears and saying "La la la!"
And finally, coinciding with the upcoming Banned Books Week, YA author Laurie Halse Anderson posted about an editorial that called her novel SPEAK "soft pornography" because it deals with two rape scenes. Say what? The writing blogosphere rose up with a collective UM NO I DON'T THINK SO EDITORIAL and The Rejectionist, Janet Reid, Pimp My Novel, Matthew Rush, Laini Taylor, Stephanie Perkins, and Tahereh Mafi were among those eloquently weighing in.
Speaking of which, in honor of said Banned Books Week, Tahereh and The Rejectionist are co-hosting/sponsoring an Internet Happening wherein bloggy people will post about their favorite banned book next Thursday, September 30th. If you plan to participate, please be sure and enter your blog on Tahereh's master list.
Oh, and thanks to GalleyCat for their roundup of the #BadJobsInNovels Twitter hashtag related to Wednesday's post. There were some seriously hilarious entries.
This week in the Forums, how much money would someone have to pay you to make you never write again?, what is the extent of a writers' social responsibility?, if you were an agent what kind of agent would you be?, the dreaded synopsis, does the final battle have to be a cliche?, and discussing Arcade Fire's new album.
Comments! Of! The! Week! Go! To! There were some great responses to Wednesday's post about bad jobs in novels. Some highlights:
Amanda: Definitely the wench: always serving, never served...
T.N. Tobias: Think about who has to clean-up after the 30,000 strong orc war party comes strolling through town. Fantasy settings seem to leave out the sanitation engineers that must exist...
Jenn Marie: The beat cop or security guard in suspense novels. Just doing their job, thisclose to a commendation or promotion for noticing a clue that nobody else did, when WHAM. Serially killed.
Nate Wilson: It's gotta be tough being the chief inspector or head detective in a mystery. Not only do they arrest the wrong guy every single time, but they're constantly shown up by someone with no formal training whatsoever. Those poor, arrogant fools.
Anonymous: The poor soul that has to clean up the tavern after the fight, of course. Funny how they never mention him, huh? Chapter one, the tavern is in complete shambles. Chapter two, it is nice and clean and everything is put back just the way it was. Who did that? Not the innkeeper, of that you can be sure.
And finally, via Gizmodo is a video with three different e-book experiences OF THE FUTURE. I just want an animated cover.
Have a great weekend!