This week……. in publishing.
San Francisco literary agent Nathan Bransford and a few of his friends destroyed the competition at Trivia Night at a local pub Thursday night, winning $50, which apparently is legal in California.
As promised in the previews for this week’s episode of This Week in Publishing, the Great Scrotum Debate of ’07, stemming from author Susan Patron’s supposedly controversial use of the word scrotum in her Newbery Award winning novel THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY, has gone from a listservosphere war to a small tidbit in a Publisher’s Weekly article, to this blog, to being on the front page of the New York Times, not to mention being discussed on CNN, NPR, MSNBC and, of course, The View. The New York Times article on the kerfuffle was the third most e-mailed article of the week. And, in a shocking revelation, it’s not a human scrotum in question, it’s a dog’s scrotum. You see, I wish books like THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY were around when I was younger — I would have known that dogs have scrotums. Publisher’s Weekly gives a fun update of the hoopla here.
Well, it’s all over — a judge ruled in favor of Perseus in the PGW bankruptcy case, which means…… uh, I’m not even going to pretend I know what it means. Apparently publishers can still apply to have their contracts with PGW terminated and those who haven’t signed with Perseus can go with the distributor of their choice and NBN is still offering 85 cents on the dollar. But uh, it’s over, right?
On a more serious note, PGW President Rich Freese suffered a fall on Sunday, breaking some ribs and an elbow. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! More eloquent than I, PGW blog Radio Free PGW writes, “Radio Free PGW wishes him a fast, full and speedy recovery. We also hope they are giving him some really good drugs.”
Christian publisher Thomas Nelson, who made waves earlier in the year by instituting a policy that all its authors must sign a pledge that they believe in the Nicene Creed, decided to forego attending the winter Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) trade show — which is too bad, because I hear those CBA trade shows are pretty wild.
And finally, just in case you feel like you haven’t accomplished enough in life and wish you had better utilized your youth, here’s something to make us all feel like complete failures: 15 year old Zach Hunter had his first book published on February 8th — it’s called BE THE CHANGE, and it is about ending slavery and human trafficking around the world. Young Zach has already raised thousands of dollars for the cause and is the youth spokesperson of Walden Media’s Amazing Change program. Zach has officially accomplished approximately 5,000 times more in life at 15 than I have at 26. But Zach didn’t win Trivia Night last night, did he?
Have a great weekend!