It’s Halloween, which means it’s NaNoWriMo Eve!
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It’s Halloween, which means it’s NaNoWriMo Eve!
I did not expect to arrive in New York and be greeted with an October hurricane, but hey, never a dull moment in NYC. The winds were really intense last night but I was fortunate to only lose cable and Internet, which were back up this morning.
In case you need a sense of the scope of the storm effects, this gallery will show you all you need to know.
Thanks very much to the courageous first responders out there, including my friend Daniel José Older, and to everyone who put themselves in harm’s way last night to help people out. Now is a great time to consider donating to the Red Cross.
It looks like it’s going to be a while before things return to normal, but hope everyone is doing alright out there and thanks for all the well-wishes!
It’s official – Penguin and Random House are merging their book business into “Penguin Random House.”
The initial reaction has focused mainly on the combined power the new behemoth will have to combat Amazon, though surely there are benefits in consolidation as well as the companies wind down print operations in the transition to the e-book era.
For authors, it will be interesting to see whether Penguin and Randon House imprints will continue to bid separately on projects or whether there will be a single house bid. If it’s the latter, that will have large implications as competition is reduced.
And, well, I guess this means I’m soon to be a Penguin Random House author.
What do you think of the merge?
It’s been a while since I’ve done a link roundup, but I’m starting to get settled in New York and hope to begin moving to a slightly more normal schedule. Famous last words! These links may stretch back a while.
Random Penguin? Penguin House? People have long speculated that there would be consolidation in the publishing industry, and now Pearson has confirmed that they are talking consolidation. It will be very interesting to see whether this comes to pass and how it plays out.
Penguin, meanwhile, has been suing authors over non-delivery of manuscripts.
There have been a few articles lately about how the publishingpocalypse has not exactly come to pass, no matter what breathless doomsday predictions you may have heard in the past few years. In The Atlantic, Peter Osnos writes that the industry is adapting well to the e-reader era, and Mike Shatzkin writes that Amazon’s publishing wing is not yet a threat to publishers.
Cynthia Leitich Smith has a great post on how authors can prepare for public speaking.
Editor Cheryl Klein writes about how you get a job in publishing.
Book Riot has a great take on Gillian Flynn and Gone Girl, one of my favorite books of the year, writing about how genre fiction sometimes doesn’t get the same social commentary cred as more “serious” literary fiction.
Butterfly in the sky, Reading Rainbow is back! This time in app form.
You’ve probably already read this, tweeted it and had a flame war, but there was quite the controversy a few months back about sockpuppet Amazon reviews and the authors who have used them.
Now being discussed in the discussion forums, which you should totally join, which TV shows are you watching?, agents and self-published e-books, where have all the review bloggers gone?, discussing the Casual Vacancy, how many characters do you have?, and prep for NaNoWriMo 2012!
And finally, for all you cooking fans out there, one of my friends has started a really cool site, Cook Smarts, devoted to recipes and learning new techniques in the kitchen. I highly, highly recommend her newsletter, which delivers some awesome recipes straight to your inbox every week.
And finally, finally, Apple released another big player in the e-reader world with the iPad Mini. Here’s CNET’s first look at the new game-changer (disclosure: CNET is where I work):
Have a great weekend!
I often get requests for a good editor to help out at all stages of the manuscript process, so I was extremely excited to learn that Christine Pride is going to start taking on freelance editing projects.
If you haven’t heard of Christine, she worked for many years at Random House and most recently at Hyperion, editing eight New York Times bestsellers and working behind-the-scenes on many more. She has a great eye and a wide breadth of experience that spans from novels to memoir to self-help.
She’s available for idea development, editing, book doctoring… you name it. I’ve known Christine for almost ten years, and she’s an awesome person in addition to being a talented editor.
Check out Christine’s website or contact her at email@example.com
Can good writing be truly taught? And could it underpin basic academic achievement?
The Atlantic recently delved into a new program that has shown very promising results at a troubled school:
And so the school’s principal, Deirdre DeAngelis, began a detailed investigation into why, ultimately, New Dorp’s students were failing. By 2008, she and her faculty had come to a singular answer: bad writing. Students’ inability to translate thoughts into coherent, well-argued sentences, paragraphs, and essays was severely impeding intellectual growth in many subjects. Consistently, one of the largest differences between failing and successful students was that only the latter could express their thoughts on the page. If nothing else, DeAngelis and her teachers decided, beginning in the fall of 2009, New Dorp students would learn to write well. “When they told me about the writing program,” Monica says, “well, I was skeptical.” With disarming candor, sharp-edged humor, and a shy smile, Monica occupies the middle ground between child and adult—she can be both naive and knowing. “On the other hand, it wasn’t like I had a choice. I go to high school. I figured I’d give it a try.”