Wow. I'm actually on time with This Week in Books. Who still doesn't believe in miracles??
First up, JACOB WONDERBAR cupcakes!! With recipe!! Yum, people. Yum:
On to the links!
There was rather large news in publishing this week as self-published superstar John Locke inked a deal with Simon and Schuster. FOR PRINT ONLY. As in, the deal the publishers had said would never happen. Only it's most definitely happening. Industry sage Mike Shatzkin says we can expect to see this type of deal again, and in characteristically understated fashion, J.A. Konrath says that the End is Nigh for traditional publishing.
My opinion: this is definitely a big deal. If publishers can't offer enough value to make self-published authors want them to publish and distribute their e-books you obviously have to wonder what value publishers are going to offer already-established authors in a world that is primarily e-books. I don't think it's the end of traditional publishing is here by any stretch and let's not forget this is still a print world, but more deals like this could at minimum prompt some traditional publisher soul-searching. (NOTE: Simon & Schuster is owned by CBS, which is the parent company of my employer. The opinions expressed herein are purely my own.)
In children's book news, The Rejectionist had a great response to Robert Lipsyte's It's the End of Books for Boys as We Know It article from the New York Times, and Le R's title says it all: Boys and Reading: Is There Any Hope of Someone Saying Something Intelligent?
Pardon me while I have a Tumblr moment, but every time I hear someone say there aren't any good books for boys anymore (or, as Lipsyte suggests, that books set in space are by nature appealing to the lowest common denominator) I'm all:
And then I'm all:
And then I go:
And finally I'm all...
Ahem. Also, credit where due, everything I know about Tumblr I learned from Tahereh, who owns Tumblr. Also gifs.
Happy 50th birthday to Walker Percy's classic THE MOVIEGOER! The Millions had a great tribute.
And there is a huge amount of hype this week around Erin Morgenstern's debut THE NIGHT CIRCUS, which actually had its start as a NaNoWriMo novel.
Oh, and apparently guys prefer tablets and women prefer e-readers.
This week in the Forums, how important are blurbs, a campaign to help authors build their platforms, your top 10 all time favorite books, asking for encouragement getting through the really difficult middle, how to be friends with a writer, and is it a series or is it one fat novel?
Comment! of! the! Week! goes to Mira, who, on Tuesday's post on the unreality of overnight successes, expresses a sentiment that you don't see enough of on the Internet: Compassion for the successful:
I guess I want to add that I agree with Susan Quinn. We don't really know what impact her success had on Stephanie Meyers. I'm not sure I'd trade places with her. Yes, Meyers earned money and admiration from scores of fans, but she was also widely critiqued, held up as an example of poor literature and Stephen King came right out and said she was a bad writer. Who knows what kind of pressure is on her for her next book. And will her books have any lasting value, or will they fade away, and who knows how that will impact her.
It's very hard to really know what someone else is going through just from the outside. What may look like a blessing can still hold some difficult challenges.
I've found, when I'm really on my path, there's a feeling of righness that comes to me. This is where I should be, and this is what I'm supposed to be learning and doing.Amanda Hocking actually had a great post on compassion too yesterday.
And finally, one last gif for the road.
Oh, and in all seriousness, be safe this weekend, East Coasters. I'll be thinking about you.