Friday, May 6, 2011
Thanks for tuning in for How I Write week! To recap:
Monday: How I Write
Tuesday: How I Edit
Wednesday: My Query Letter
Thursday: Why I Chose a Traditional Publisher
Next week is WONDERBAR publication week and I'll be kicking off on Monday with a giveaway of some kind! And don't forget, if you're in the Bay Area next Friday please join me for the WONDERBAR launch party at Books Inc., Opera Plaza at 7pm. Here's the invite, hope to see you there.
Meanwhile, I caught a few links this week and here they be.
Lots of e-book news, and some of it came from CNET, where I am employed. First up, my colleague David Carnoy took a look at the new $114 ad-supported Kindle and found the ads unobtrusive and worth the savings. And although there doesn't appear to be a new e-ink innovation on the horizon, B&N is rumored to be set to debut a new Nook, which will most likely be an e-ink version update rather than a new Nook Color.
I've long said that the idea that there's no such thing as being "just an author," and the New York Times has a great roundup of some author-as-self-promoting-brands of yore, including Herodutus paying for his own book tour in 440 BC. Self-promotion is as old as writing.
GalleyCat recently linked to the 10 most popular professions for romance novel heroes. I'm shocked SHOCKED that Social Media Manager didn't make the list. I guess doctors and cowboys really do have all the fun. (Oh, and speaking of which, Amazon is now launching a romance imprint)
Agent Kristin Nelson has a great post on the art of the blurb request and how to go about that delicate task.
And Amanda Hocking has announced another deal with St. Martin's for her previously published Trylle Trilogy. This will be interesting to track as she acknowledges that the e-book prices will be going up from where they are now, but they'll probably still be lower than regular e-book prices.
This week in the Forums, I'm very pleased to announce that there's a new deputy sheriff in town, Sommer Leigh will be a Forum moderator alongside Bryan Russell, fighting spambots and keeping things running smoothly. Congrats and thank you to Sommer! Also in the Forums this week: soliciting women's fiction recommendations, topic #1,000 in the writing forum: do you panic as you reach the finish line?, do you warm up before writing, and, of course, a zombie-proof house!
And finally, via Tahereh Mafi's amazing Tumblr feed, yeah.... This is exactly what it feels like to read a good book.
Have a great weekend!