Another relatively quiet week in books this week, so just a few quality links for you. Also, on Monday and Tuesday I shall be away from the blog and will be posting blog posts of yore, which will possibly incorporate my new kick of including art from yore.
First up, the big news in the social media world is that Google launched Google+, its direct challenge to Facebook (disclosure: link is to CNET, I work at CNET). My first impression: Awesome! I'm a big fan, and you can find me on Google+ here. I also participated in CNET's hands-on look at Google+ using Google+. Add me to your Circles!
Though I'm also still kind of trying to figure out how to calibrate my Google+ presence. The people following me thus far are mostly techies, so I will probably be sharing mainly social media and tech-of-book posts until I can better target my posts. But so far I'm extremely impressed with the interface and am enjoying re-building my social network from scratch.
Speaking of social media news, the Wall Street Journal has a great article on the social media prowess of author John Green, whose unpublished novel is already #1 on Amazon & B&N. (via SideKick)
Major congratulations are in order to my former client Natalie Whipple, who just announced her new book deal with HarperCollins for her debut novel TRANSPARENT!! If you've been following Natalie's blog you know that this has been a long time coming, and having worked with Natalie for several years I can tell you the book deal couldn't have happened to a more deserving writer! So excited for her.
In other awesome former client news, Jennifer Hubbard has a really cool look at some first lines from great novels. (Jennifer also has a really cool cover for her forthcoming novel TRY NOT TO BREATHE).
Roger Ebert took to his blog to lambast an "intermediate level" version of THE GREAT GATSBY (via Rick Daley), whereas Jessa Crispin took a more measured approach and noted that comic version of great novels aren't so bad. I don't know, I'm in Camp Ebert. Turning this...
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning----into this...
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Everybody has a dream. And, like Gatsby, we must all follow our dream wherever it takes us....is, as Ebert says, an obscenity.
Some unpleasant people became part of Gatsby's dream. But he cannot be blamed for that. Gatsby was a success, in the end, wasn't he?
And riffing off my post about why you're getting rejections, agent Rachelle Gardner adds one more reason: It's the crowded marketplace.
This week in the Forums (which have a newly simplified security question in case you had trouble registering), the sharing good news thread is still going strong, the New York Observer dumps on literary readings, a peace blogfest scheduled for November, getting swept up in your own story during revisions, and is anyone else struggling with their genre?
And finally, if you want to see more about what Google+ is about, check out this First Look by my colleague Rafe Needleman:
Have a great weekend!