Yes, TWIP on a Thursday — I figure people are going to be cutting out early for the long weekend (who, you?), and thought I’d get a jump on things.
Next week my client Rebecca Ramsey is hosting a blog party at her amazing blog Wonders Never Cease! All you have to do is leave a comment on the official party thread, and then on September 3rd post your favorite Wonder of the World on your blog. Rebecca will link to you and you’ll be able to check out everyone else’s posts, which, as Rebecca says, will make it quite a Wonder-full Wednesday.
Anne & May (as in, Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt) are counting down to the release of their fourth book (and first YA novel) THE MIRACLE GIRLS, which kicks off a four book series about four high school girls who meet in detention and bond when they discover they’ve all survived near-death experiences. And in honor of the upcoming publication, they have written a series of very helpful posts on writing, including things you can do to help your writing career, how to balance the day job, writing and revising rules of thumb, and, of course, killing your darlings.
I’ve seen this all over the web after it was published by PW, and with good reason: this interview with superstar agent Molly Friedrich is fantastic. My favorite snippet: “But seriously, it is a business of staying with it long enough to really build up credibility and respect and a reputation for honesty. Always for honesty.”
Another week, another company purchased by Amazon. This time it’s book social networking site Shelfari, which, as GalleyCat notes, is currently third in the race to become the biggest book social networking site behind GoodReads and LibraryThing (although actually, as Joe Wikert notes, LibraryThing is also partially owned by Amazon since it was partially owend by AbeBooks, which is now owned by Amazon). At this rate, I am scheduled to be purchased by Amazon in approximately seven months.
Annnnnnnnd in still more Amazon news, new editions of the Kindle are slated to come out just in time for me to smack my head for buying one a few months before they announced new editions were coming out. But that’s ok, I figure when Amazon owns me they’ll just replace my forearm with a Kindle, which would be freaking awesome. UPDATE: Reader rhienelleth notes that Amazon has quashed these rumors (well, the one about a new Kindle this year, not the one about installing one in my forearm).
And finally, marketing book author Richard Laermer lent his own entry into America’s most crowded of genres: disgruntled author rants about the publishing industry. The litany: 22 year old editors deciding advances themselves (I want to meet these up-and-comers!), books are too expensive, the slow publishing schedule, resistance to putting things online… Oh, and it’s Part 1 or 2, so stay tuned for the sequel. Meanwhile, former book editor and current bestselling author Jason Pinter lent a measured response to Laermer’s article with a post entitled “Richard Laermer can kiss my young a**.”
Have a great weekend!