Busy week in publishing!
The Wall Street Journal profiled another literary success story, this time for Andrew Davidson, who opted for an out-of-the-box query to Eric Simonoff that outlined why Eric shouldn’t represent him. (Kids, don’t try this at home. These stunts were performed by professionals). Doubleday snatched it up for quite the load of cash, and THE GARGOYLE comes out in August.
And in a completely opposite success story, via Publishers Lunch, the New York Times profiles THE SHACK, a book that is storming the bestseller lists based entirely on word of mouth and a blockbuster marketing budget of $300. And by storming the bestseller list, I mean STORMING — it’s #1 on the NY Times paperback list a year after it was published. THE SHACK is about a guy who meets God in the form of “a jolly African American woman.”
The lesson in all of this? There is no lesson, people. This business is nuts I mean unpredictable.
That rascally Google is at it again! Now Google Book Search has put all the copyright information available anywhere into one xml document that you can download and search. Although Google notes that “there are undoubtedly errors in these records,” so… uh… copyright searcher beware I guess.
In other rascally news, Dennis Cass is also at it again. This time he has penned a meta query which is quite hilarious and also meta. Now I’m going to get all meta on you and insert a joke here, maybe about a reality show ha ha Spencer’s funny.
Watch out, Kindle, tech companies are gunning for you! Yes, the miBook is the latest e-reader aiming to compete with the Kindle. This one has a color screen, it retails for only $130 (Kindle: $350) and you can also can play multimedia content (such as cooking instructional videos) and music. Also it doesn’t look like it was invented in the ’80s, although, strangely, the miBook website does.
And finally, hope everyone had a Happy Draft Day! I went “um” along with everyone else when the Kings took Jason Thompson at #12 (I liked him… but maybe more at #25), but the last few times I was surprised by a Kings pick were when Kevin Martin and Peja Stojakovic were drafted, so…. I’m just going to go ahead and trust Geoff Petrie on this one.
Have a good weekend!