This week in the industry that is publishing:
A couple of great new author websites: Bestselling author Torey Hayden has started a very fascinating blog, where she talks about her writing career as well as her work in child psychology. My wonderful and amazing client Rebecca Ramsey has started a myspace page as well as a website. Her debut memoir FRENCH BY HEART, about her Southern family’s hilarious and heartwarming four years living in France, will be published by Broadway Books in April. And lastly, another wonderful and amazing client, Jack Lopez, has a website here. The paperback edition of his magnificent (seriously, it’s amazing) young adult novel IN THE BREAK will be released on April 1st. IN THE BREAK was recently chosen as a 2007 pick of the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age — congratulations to Jack!
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Well, you know how fascinated I’ve been by the phenomenon that is THE SECRET, and apparently I’m not alone. Not only are there now somwhere between three million and four quadrillion copies in print, I just saw this little number in Publishers Marketplace: Thomas Dunne Books just acquired a book called THE SECRET OF “THE SECRET”, which looks at the phenomena behind THE SECRET, including the authors and its origins. Holy cow. The secret of THE SECRET??? Thomas Dunne Books, you just blew my mind.
Author and former editor Edward Tenner wrote a really fascinating article for the Chronicle of Higher Education, in which he discusses the effects of digital media on books. He does not, thank heavens, believe that reading online media will necessarily come at the expense of books. So hey, by my calculations that means that if you read this blog no poor author will go starving. Group hug!
And finally… uh, well, actually that’s about it. Slow week in publishing. Class dismissed. See you on Monday for the much-awaited Part 2 of Ex Publishing Insider’s post on what editors do, and of course, the final word on Herbert’s road to being a published author. Have a great weekend everyone!