Week This Publishing In
Over in the domain of Moonrat I offered my own contribution to her celebrating reading series. I dissected the appeal of THE CAT IN THE HAT. Things One and Two still freak me out.
Kristin Nelson relayed the results of a Publishers Weekly poll on the preferences and habits of book buyers, and solicits a poll of her readers, which made for a very interesting comments section.
Ulysses pointed me to a Toronto Star article about Canada’s contemplation of a revision of copyright laws, and interestingly enough, the primary concern among Canadian booksellers isn’t piracy, but rather the territorial integrity of e-book sales. There those darn e-books go again, breaking into countries and stealing stuff. E-books, what are we ever going to do with you!
Two articles of note came via Publishers Lunch. First, Smart Bitches Trashy Books interviewed AP book reporter Hillel Italie, in which he makes a hilarious analogy about dire predictions being to book conventions what balloons are to political conventions.
Second via Publishers Lunch, in case you had any doubt that bestsellers don’t just drop from the sky, the Wall Street Journal breaks down the early success of THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE, which was championed by Amazon, which subsequently drove demand at the other chains. The lesson as always: get Amazon to pick your book out of all the books published and you shall do well. A glowing review from Janet Maslin never hurt anyone either.
And finally, some people have pointed out in response to yesterday’s post that characters should come before plot. Personally I don’t think plot and character can be separated from each other, and I’m hoping to post more about that next week.
Have a great weekend!