THIS week in publishing…
So after my snit on Tuesday during which I complained about query quality as the world’s smallest violin played in the background, I would like to update you that as the cosmic fates would have it things have very much improved in both the quality of queries and my own temperament, so I hope history will judge said snit as a momentary bout of frustration in a business in which frustration is not only a stock in trade, but practically an overinflated currency. It happens. As you were.
Meanwhile, in other happy publishing news, Moonrat joyously points out the incredible significance of Jhumpa Lahiri’s new book UNACCUSTOMED EARTH debuting at #1 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction list. Not only is it significant that a work of serious literary fiction is debuting at #1, but this is a collection of short stories no less, puncturing several “rules” of publishing all at once. So congrats to Jhumpa Lahiri, and we’ll see if this marks a trend or an outlier.
Maya Reynolds has continued her excellent series of posts on the ramifications of Amazon’s move to pressure POD presses to use their BookSurge program. The latest news is that writers groups, headed by the Authors Guild, have urged the Washington State Attorney General’s office to investigate whether Amazon’s move represents a monopolistic practice, and apparently the Washington AG has agreed to look into it. Stay tuned.
The Pulitzers have been announced, and Junot Diaz has capped a wondrous year of praise and attention for his novel THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO with a Pulitzer for fiction. Other book winners included WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT by Daniel Walker Howe for History, EDEN’S OUTCASTS by John Matteson for Biography, TIME AND MATERIALS by Robert Hass and FAILURE by Philip Schultz for Poetry, and THE YEARS OF EXTERMINATION by Saul Friedlander for General Nonfiction. Congrats to all the winners.
HarperCollins continues to make aggressive moves to woo editorial talent, and announced this week that Hyperion Children’s editors Alessandra Balzer and Donna Bray are joining HarperCollins under the newly formed imprint Balzer & Bray. Hyperion also announced that they will be putting Disney in their name and will be henceforth known as “Disney-Hyperion.”
And finally, Editorial Anonymous has a fabulous post on what happens to your manuscript once it lands on an editor’s desk. It is a journey fraught with peril, lonesomeness and, hopefully, redemption.
Have a great weekend!