This Week! Publishing!
This week marked the publication of CHURCHILL BY HIMSELF, edited by Richard Langworth, a book you also might know as one of the books that is posted to the right side of this blog. This is THE authorized collection of Winston Churchill quotations, it is exhaustively researched, superbly accurate, and is simply an amazing, authoritative, and essential book. It would make a fantastic Christmas present for your Churchillian-inclined friends and relatives. I’m just sayin’.
I’m still saddened by the death of Michael Crichton. C. Max Magee over at the Millions sums up what Chrichton meant to my generation — he was the guy who really sparked our love of reading when we were growing up. SPHERE, quite simply, blew my mind. What a great book.
In book promotion news, The Swivet recently featured a guest blog by Courtney Summers, who broke down the different social networking sites and provides pros and cons. Bonus points for a Phil Keoghan reference.
Also in book promotion news, at the indispensable HarperStudio blog, Seth Godin is sanguine about the powers of free. He offers this wildly comforting quote: “Novelists and musicians can make money with bespoke work and appearances and interactions. And you know what? It’s entirely likely that many people in the chain WON’T make any money. That’s okay. That’s the way change works.” Ahh… don’t you feel better already? Embrace the poverty.
Less sanguine is Booksquare, who notes the recent Random House e-book and downloadable audio adjustments as Not Good Things, and I think correctly notes that they are moving in the wrong direction.
Remember the hullaballoo when Knopf paid Bill Clinton seventy three gazillion dollars to write his memoir? Well, Hillel Italie assessed the interest for the coming Bush memoirs and……. not so much.
I can hardly bear to open Publishers Lunch these days for fear of reading about more horrendous publishing news. This week’s carnage: HarperCollins’ operating income fell to $3 million in the third quarter, Barnes & Noble’s CEO noted that we’re in the worst retail climate ever, and Borders lost its credit cover. Uncle!!!
And finally, in still more tragic news, I’m not sure if you heard but the Bachelorette has shattered my belief in true love YET AGAIN. Yes, Bachelorette Deanna Pappas and her erstwhile fiancee Jesse Csinsuiwnelkfj have shockingly called off their engagement. This marks the 14th time the Bachelor or Bachelorette has forever destroyed my belief in true love. Luckily we have an upcoming season to restore my faith that love can be found on a reality TV show in which you date multiple people simultaneously.
Have a great weekend!