This week! Books!
What a week.
Now that I’m the social media manager at CNET rather than a literary agent (Note for emphasis: Not a literary agent. No more queries, pleaaasssseeee!!!), I’m at the whims of the tech news cycle and it doesn’t get much bigger than this week. I’ve had my nose to a screen pretty much nonstop.
The life of Steve Jobs has been endlessly parsed and discussed and debated since his passing (here’s a massively comprehensive roundup from CNET), and it’s amazing how deep his influence runs. To just take one little corner of the world, the publishing industry, he had a massive impact. For someone who famously said that no one reads anymore, he sure shook up the book world.
The iPad ushered in a completely new way of reading that will transform books forever. Sure, e-ink readers are still popular, but tablets will soon be ubiquitous and we’ll increasingly do our reading not on paper but on screens.
And even beyond the reading experience, the app store model is now how the Big 6 publishers sell their e-books, resulting in curiosities like e-books sometimes costing more than hardcovers. His influence is everywhere.
We lost a great innovator way too soon. He’ll definitely be missed.
Meanwhile, I managed to snag some links from the past few weeks in between all the frantic tweeting and Facebook posting I’ve been doing for work, and here they be. Oh, and for all the latest tech news (and to see what I do for my day job, follow CNET on Facebook and Twitter!)
First up, it sure seems that interest in self-publishing is running very high, if the fantastic comments on last Thursday’s post are any indication. And agent Sarah LaPolla had a really awesome week of posts on all things self-publishing. First was her own take on the self-publishing landscape (along with three valid worries about it), and then some really great interviews with Marilyn Peake, Tracy Marchini, Karen Amanda Hooper, and Michelle Davidson Argyle. Check it out!
Dare I say blog fatigue is setting in among the bloggerati? Author Natalie Whipple admitted that she’s tired of blogging (Internet negativity being a big factor), and none other than J.A. Konrath is taking an indefinite hiatus, saying he’s tired of screaming. I’ll post more about this on Monday – speaking personally I haven’t lost the blogging love, but logistically it’s definitely hard to keep up.
In writing advice news, the Children’s Literature Network has an amazing collection of thoughts on voice, editor Alan Rinzler has advice on pursuing traditional publication from three amazing editors, Patricia Wrede talks about character development (via Livia Blackburne), and io9 has a great post by Charlie Jane Anders about the ten types of writer’s block and how to overcome them.
“Big” books seem obvious in retrospect, but they often start as seemingly small ideas. Agent Betsy Lerner has an amazing post on this phenomenon.
Reader Noreen pointed me to a really fascinating article on the way fiction has influenced our perception of reality, which wraps up with the layered satire of Stephen Colbert. Really interesting stuff.
And Jennifer Hubbard has a great collection of inspiring posts.
This week in the Forums, discussion Steve Jobs’ death, your most random writing fodder moment, multimedia e-books, is blogging a bad idea for writers, discussing CreateSpace, and the future of YA. Oh, and Rachel Ventura created a cool blog logo based on Nathan’s hot dogs!
Comment! of! the! week! I should probably say weeks! goes to Matthew MacNish, who had a great summary of Stieg Larsson’s prose:
The writing is kind of like Swedish architecture and design: austere, yet functional.
And finally, Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement address has been watched over 10 million times, but if you haven’t yet watched it please do yourself a favor and do so:
Have a great weekend!