First up, one of my former clients, the great J.N. Duncan, is celebrating the electronic release of his fantastic vampire noir thriller DEADWORLD, which you should absolutely check out! The paperback will follow on Tuesday, so you paper fans don't have to wait long.
We all love libraries, right? Well, author Jennifer Hubbard is organizing her annual library fundraiser, in which you can leave comments around the Internet to raise money for a great cause. Click over! Click over!
Thanks again to Mur Lafferty for contributing Wednesday's guest post on using Kickstarter to fund a self-publishing campaign! Mur and I also had a chance to chat on her podcast, which you can find here.
Further congratulations are in order to Amanda Hocking, who recently sold film rights to her Trylle trilogy, with the co-writer of District 9 set to adapt. (via Stephen Parrish)
Does good writing really matter? Do people care about the standards set collectively by the publishing industry? We're about to find out in the era of self-publishing, and one author, Henry Baum, argues that bad writing doesn't matter. He writes:
At the risk of sounding like a snob: non-sophisticated readers will not care if writing is non-sophisticated, and there are a lot more non-sophisticated readers than sophisticated ones. That’s millions of potential readers. Publishers might like to believe that they have the finger on the pulse of what sells – or what should sell – but when mediocre writing is becoming a bestseller, this pretty much renders the slush pile meaningless.Agree? Disagree?
Smashwords CEO Mark Coker took to J.A. Konrath's blog for a guest blog and interview, where he lays out the background behind his e-distributing company. He calls the era of Big Publishing "over," though methinks it's a bit early for that.
There was quite an online kerfuffle this week after a self-published author fired back at her reviewer and some of the people in the comments section. While clearly yet another reminder that an author never wins when responding to a bad review and especially not with rudeness and profanity, am I the only one who sympathizes a bit with the author and not the people who piled on and are currently trashing her book on Amazon without having read it? This is a subject I plan on returning to soon.
Meanwhile, in the traditional publishing world, blogger Perez Hilton got a deal for a children's book. Which has the LA Times' Carolyn Kellogg asking one question: Really?
Borders raised some eyebrows as they sought to pay out $8.3 million in executive bonuses. (via Stephen Parrish)
And Tahereh Mafi has a hilarious new query assistant that you should totally download.
This week in the Forums, the self-published author review flap (with lots of great responses), discussing Barry Eisler's decision to pass up a big book deal, are textbooks obsolete?, a super sad true agent story, how much cursing can you get away with? and, of course, the billion bug highway.
Comment! of! the! Week! I'm going to Twitter for this one, as EvilWylie responded to my question about how authors of the future will make money:
And finally, speaking of libraries, not everyone knows that many libraries offer free e-book downloads. My colleague Sharon Vaknin shows how to set that up:
Have a great weekend!