From my lips to Oprah’s ears, right? Right? No? SHOOT. In a rather shocking announcement, or at least as shocking an announcement as is possible in the book world, Oprah has chosen Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD (previously discussed on this blog) as her next book club pick. Cormac McCarthy!! The guy who does not give interviews, lives anonymously somewhere in the Southwest, and writes books that feature violence, cannibalism and horses, will soon be sitting on Oprah’s couch. I’m stunned. Next up for Oprah’s book club: JD Salinger, Bobby Fischer, Elvis Presley and Tupac Shakur.
In other, decidedly less shocking book news, newspapers have discovered that the whole end-of-the-world apocalyptic novel thing might be popular. The LA Times is all over this development, and cites the aforementioned THE ROAD as one of the examples that the apocalypse isn’t just for the Left Behind series anymore. Isn’t it refreshing to see that we’ve totally come to terms with dying in a horrific global catastrophe?
Also in LA Times news, the standalone book review section will soon get out of the Sunday issue’s car. Beginning on April 15th the book review section will merge with the Opinion section, and more book reviews will also be scattered throughout the rest of the newspaper. The LA Times, strangely, is not all over this development. Editor & Publisher is though, and you can find out more here.
Racing to fill the vacuum left by the retirement of PODymouth, there are two new blogs that will review self-published books: POD Critic and iUniverse Book Reviews. I salute these hardy souls and wish them godspeed on their quest for the holy grail. Watch out for the Knights of Ni.
Exciting news, authors now have a way to track their Amazon ranking! Not that anyone does that. Or knows the exact minute every hour their sales ranking will update. Or tracks it twenty four hours a day on separate computers to maintain accuracy. As linked to by Thomas Nelson CEO/Blogger Michael Hyatt, the website TitleZ does everything for you, including graphs and charts and records of your top and low ranking — better yet, you can even track your bitter rivals I mean fellow authors. Even more amazing, the TitleZ website has not yet crashed under the weight of thousands of authors frantically signing up. Oh, and the service is free. For now.
The Hugo Award nominees for Science Fiction have been announced, and best of luck to the nominees. The winners will be presented with a spaceship that will cause catastrophic global warming and wipe out the human race unless the winner can successfully use the ship to secure a base on a new planet that is guarded by homicidal plants, a super hot alien girl, and one very smart orangutan.
And finally, have you ever watched American Idol and thought to yourself, “You know, I really like this show except for all the singing?” I know I have! Well, we’re all in luck because in the UK they are going to start an American Idol for books. Yes, you’ve heard correctly, an American Idol for books. As reported by The Bookseller and Publisher’s Lunch, Simon Cowell’s brother is launching a show on Britain’s ITV in which aspiring authors will pitch their projects to the other Cowell, agent Ali Gunn, and an as yet to be determined bestselling author. The guy with the completely true memoir about his alien encounters will be the new Sanjaya.
Have a great weekend everyone!!