First up, thank you to everyone for reviewing 'Jacob Wonderbar!' And the winner of the signed copy is... Redd! I'll e-mail you arrange delivery.
Also this week I was interviewed at Read is the New Black and at Cynsations, wherein I talk my real-life experiences with substitute teachers, the astrophysics class I took in college and completely ignored while writing Wonderbar, and my love for Calvin & Hobbes.
Quiet week in the writing blogosphere this week. How could that be? Well, let's face it. As Eric from Pimp My Novel so eloquently states: It's summer.
Lots of talk of self-publishing this week, and in fact they comprise the bulk of the links. So let's do this in bullet point fashion.
- Agent Rachelle Gardner examines whether self-publishing will hurt your chances at traditional publication.
- Author Anne R. Allen wonders if agents are becoming extinct and looks at some new strategies for agents and authors in the new publishing paradigm.
- Guest posting at Joe Konrath's blog, author Barry Eisler makes some important distinctions about agents acting as publishers, and argues that agents facilitating an author self-publishing doesn't have to be a conflict of interest.
- The CEO of e-distributor Smashwords, Mark Coker, argues that agents who facilitate self-publishing are fulfilling an important service.
This week in the Forums, what should you ask a small press before signing a contract, are you on Goodreads?, some light YA recommendations, and a very important topic: reading like a writer.
Comment! of! the! Week! I really liked Cathy Yardley's answer about what she wished she had known when she started writing, because it's something I believe in wholeheartedly:
I wish I'd know that everybody writes alone, but nobody becomes a writing success that way. Not just the critique aspect, but the support. It's too tough a business to lone wolf.And finally, I had almost forgotten what a great show Animaniacs was, but my coworker Laura reminded me with this video. It works particularly well in a "Wonderbar" conext:
Have a great weekend!