This week in publishing…
Mushrooms!! Actually no mushrooms in this week in publishing. Sigh.
Via Publishers Lunch, fellow San Franciscans Chronicle Books are embarking on a venture with self-publisher Blurb to parlay their slush pile into a “mutual referral” plan whereby Chronicle will recommend the people they reject to Blurb and if/when those Blurb books become successes Blurb will repay the favor with a heads up to Chronicle. Symbiosis! Not just for whales and barnacles anymore.
Slate literary editor Meghan O’Rourke re-read A WRINKLE IN TIME and wrote about the experience, which may be of note to those of you who are doing the same. Of course, I also would be remiss if I didn’t point you to Slate’s video history of the laugh track, which has nothing to do with publishing but which is quite awesome. My love of Slate has recently moved from borderline unhealthy to kind of creepy to outright obsession. I just can’t help it, Slate, you’re just so amazing! Who else is going to give me a visual history of prefab houses??? I know you were only kidding about the restraining order!
The New York Times reported recently on the enduring legacy of Ayn Rand (who happens to be one of the many groundbreaking authors Curtis Brown Ltd. has represented over the years. You go, Curtis Brown!)
And finally, via GalleyCat, Hillel Italie reported that IF I DID IT publisher Beaufort Books went back to press for another 50,000 copies, bringing the total to 200,000 in print, and it is currently #2 on Amazon’s list of bestsellers. That sound you hear is me banging my head against the wall.
Have a great weekend!
UPDATE: Chronicle Books says that the information in the Newsweek article is incorrect — Chronicle does not receive a fee for recommending Blurb. It’s really is just a mutual referral plan if either Chronicle or Blurb thinks a project would be right for the other. So there you go.