New York City here I come!! Next week I will be living and working in our fair epicenter of publishing, having meetings, eating lunches, commuting on the 6, arguing about which pizza place is the best (DiFara and I don’t even want to hear otherwise), yelling at taxi drivers, debating which subway line is the worst, and demonstrating that I am a seasoned New Yorker by saying things like, “I remember when that bar used to be another bar before this neighborhood was trendy and it was so much more authentic and actually I even remember when the bar was a paint store and the guy who ran it was totally insane so how you like me now??”
It’s going to be great.
I’m not sure when I’ll be able to blog next week, but I will keep you posted on everything that has changed since the time when I lived in Brooklyn and worked in the NY office. It will be riveting I’m sure.
Meanwhile, this week in publishing:
First off, an addendum to last week’s This Week in Publishing. Chronicle Books tells me that the Newsweek article was incorrect and they will not be receiving a fee from Blurb when they refer authors to the self-publisher, and it’s not going to apply to all of their rejection letters, just ones they feel would be appropriate. It’s really just a mutual referral plan. So there you have it. Blurb and Chronicle are both San Francisco companies, and I’m guessing they just happened to find themselves on a cable car together, confessed how much they love each other, hatched the referral plan, and then had sundaes at Ghirardelli Square. At least that’s how I like to imagine it.
This post from The Millions is seriously awesome. Not only did the author of the post talk to a nail polish executive about how and why they name colors of nail polish things like “Moscow nights” and then asked their naming committee to suggest some titles for her short story, she also links to this blog post from Virginia Quarterly Review in which they list the ten most common titles of short story submissions. I’m seriously shocked that “darkness” and “rising” didn’t make their list, but the word “revelation” is definitely creeping up my most-common titles list.
Jonathan Lyons is back with a great post on whether you should revise your work based on an agent’s recommendation. He’s also going to be starting a list of websites writers should avoid, so please send him your suggestions.
And finally, faithful reader Jordyn was concerned that I had not talked about the Hills for a while, so here goes: I continue to love everything that comes out of Spencer’s mouth, and frankly, a few episodes back when he was having dinner with Heidi’s parents and said to them “What an angel” in the most insincere and fake manner you can imagine when Heidi walked away, I nearly died of giddiness. But the last episodes have been focused on LC and Jason, which were a tad underwhelming. Where is Justin Bobby during all of this?? Was he kidnapped by pirates again? Has he started a renegade hair stylist union for hair stylists with bad hair? Has he washed the very dirty white t-shirt he likes to wear or is it still a mess? I NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS.
Have a great weekend!