If you will indulge some JACOB WONDERBAR related books news, Goodreads is hosting a giveaway of a copy of said space adventure! So please check that out if you would like a shot at a freebie.
Meanwhile, the New York Times is reporting that post-holiday season The Kids are starting to read e-books in significant numbers, and according to HarperCollins, in January e-books represented 25% of sales. Yowsa.
Oh - and speaking of teens, if you yourself are a talented teen writer or know someone who fits that description, be sure and check out the Alpha Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Workshop for Young Writers in Pittsburgh in July!
In this day and age of vanishing midlist and difficult everything, the Financial Times checks in with one breed of writer who is still doing alright amid the change: the debut.
Meanwhile, USA Today catches up with some self-publishing success stories (via lvcabbie in the Forums).
Lots of people have asked me what happens when someone wants an author to sign a book but they only have an e-reader. Well, GalleyCat found one solution: have them sign the e-reader.
And in book definition news, Rachelle Gardner talks all about remainders and Eric from Pimp My Novel talks E-Pub.
This week in the Forums, the other ways we define success, whether to spend money on a freelance editor or attending a conference, and whether writing has to make you happy for you to choose to write.
Comment! of! the! Week! goes to See Elle Oh, who riffs off of Lauren's comment to get at the heart of some of the striving that happens when writing:
I agree that striving is at the core of writing. And I think Lauren brings up a great point that some of it may be striving to control the past (or at least make sense of it, make it "fit"). I think a lot of writing is about striving for understanding and connection, with others, the world at large, and, ultimately ourselves.And finally, a truly inspiring video that I hadn't yet seen, which so poignantly talks about how best to live one's life: Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement address. Well worth a view in full:
Have a great weekend!