Well, the votes for what-contest-we-should-have are in, and it’s official: you all want me dead. Er. You want to have a first page content. I was never good at math, but let’s see… 1 page x 500+ entries = hmm… carry the one… equals… well, multiple organ failure if I’ve calculated correctly. So tune in next week for that! Just to recap, we’ve had a title contest, then a first line contest, then first paragraph, now first page. At this rate we’ll have a “first three finished manuscripts” contest before the year is out. Rules, regulations, and hyperbolic title will be posted on Monday. It’s gonna be fun!
Meanwhile, in publishing:
OMG, my bff reader Diana Williams sent me dis article from da Times re cell phone novels n Japan. Thr ttly kool. LMAO! N e body like em? TTYL
The Wall Street Journal went on a hunt across the globe for DA VINCI CODE AUTHOR Dan Brown’s next novel. The verdict: unknown. Also no albinos. But they did interview the grand master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the District of Columbia. How’s THAT for thorough?
Reader Christina Parker sent me a link to an article on the website bookcrossing.com, in which people drop books off in random places and then track them on the website to see where they’ve been. Apparently 625,000 people in 145 countries have signed on, and there are all kinds of maps and things like that. The techie part of me thinks: cool! The agent part of me thinks: the poor authors don’t get royalties when the same book is read 20 times. And that’s kind of a shame.
Via GalleyCat, author A.L. Kennedy has won the Costa Award (formerly known as the Whitbread). Given the number of awards that are being announced this month I’m sure I’m missing some, so if I haven’t mentioned it: congratulations!
And finally, Sacramento Kings fans know Bob Delaney as one of the three referees on the court during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in 2002, when the Kings were SO COMPLETELY OBVIOUSLY JOBBED by the refs that Ralph Nader of all people sent a letter to the NBA urging them to review their refereeing policies. Think I’m kidding? Click here . Hmph. Where was I? Oh, Bob Delaney has a book coming out! You see, way before he was a ref, Bob Delaney was an undercover informant who infiltrated the mob. Crazy, right? I guess I’ll forgive him. Someday.
Have a great weekend!