Query critique Friday/Saturday/Sunday! Yes, it is that time of week, wherein we critique a page or query (this week a query). The query for critique is up in the Forums. UPDATE: my critique and more about the importance of conveying your protagonist's motivation, posted here.
Meanwhile, the books had a week...
There were some pretty great articles this week about where things stand in the publishing business. First up was Publishers Weekly, who discusses how authors who may previously been published by one of the major publishers are now being published by smaller presses that are taking advantage of the titles that the bigs are passing up. Meanwhile, my mom sent me an article from Stanford Magazine, which has a great overview of the current landscape in electronic and print publishing, and describes how this is simultaneously the best of times and the worst of times in the business.
And Publishing Perspectives has an article by the great agent Betsy Lerner (whose blog you should be following as it is amazing), who writes about whether you should or shouldn't be embracing Twitter and social media, and what it means to be an author in the new era. Lerner's advice: get on it, people. Priceless quote for which we should all be paying Lerner cashmoney/first borns:
Writing is easy compared to finding an audience... People who have long given up on Santa, on lower taxes, on the likelihood of Lindsay Lohan’s rehabilitation, still believe that Oprah would like their book. Is this the Quixotic self-belief that compels a person to write in the first place? Or that leads him to be believe that his book should be a bestseller, and that everyone on the planet would like it, no matter that it’s about copper buttons in 18th Century France.Actually the quote is even more priceless without the ellipsis, so click on through and check it out.
Meanwhile, e-readers are expected to be a big hit this holiday season, and some are suggesting that this is the tipping point for e-book sales.
But amid all of this transition, very very sad news this week as venerable 18-year-old Tricycle Press, which was recently acquired by Random House, was shuttered this week and its editorial staff let go. Blech.
Jim Duncan has a great post this week about Amazon's reviews problem and how there's really no way of controlling whether or not someone reviewing a book has actually read it.
The National Book Awards were announced! Patti Smith won for nonfiction and Jaimy Gordon for fiction.
And finally, Kate Shafer Testerman had a great breakdown of the business of book packagers, and differentiates between the reputable ones and a certain other one that came to light recently.
This week in the Forums, how to handle a request for an exclusive, should you reply to an agent who passed, writing fight scenes, non-stereotypical relationships, and are you more likely to buy a book that won an award?
Comment(s)! of! the! Week! You know, when I posted on Wednesday about everyone's greatest fear about writing, I thought it might be a little dreary. But you know what? I found it really amazing how many people weighed in with fears, at every stage of the publishing process. There's something really comforting about knowing we're all in it together. Collective comments of the week!
And last but not least, I really enjoyed the movie The Social Network and couldn't get enough of this parody, which shows The Social Network as directed by some other famous filmmakers:
Have a great weekend!