This week! The publishing!
And speaking of booming business, this week’s “Self-publishing is the wave of the future” article is brought to you by, who else, the New York Times, who looks at the booming biz of POD. Motoko Rich begins with the ominous words, “The point may soon come when there are more people who want to write books than there are people who want to read them,” for which I hope she paid Sean Lindsay a royalty.
This week in celebrity publishing news: Molly Ringwald. Yup.
HarperCollins has built quite a following behind its new site Authonomy, whose devotees are so rabid they make English football fans look like well-behaved choir boys. Anyway, Harper announced that they had given three book deals to authors they found on Authonomy. Meanwhile, one of the devotees of the site, Alexander McNabb, posted a great rundown on his experiences and thoughts on its future. (thanks to C. Michael Hall for the link).
An aside: what’s most interesting to me about Authonomy is how thoroughly populated it is with people who grew tired of the “gatekeeping” system of publishing and networking. So they upload their manuscripts, then participate in a Darwinian system of elimination and calculated networking that would make Machiavelli blush, all in the hopes of making it to the editor’s desk and hopefully pleasing Harper’s…. gatekeepers. Also: just pointing this out will spawn a thousand e-mails, outraged anonymous comments, and message board threads. I’m telling you, these people are intense. (I kid, Authonomaniacs! I kid! I hear it’s fun and you get good feedback! Please don’t burn my virtual image in effigy!)
In depressing news: the Washington Post Book World will no longer be a standalone book section and layoffs at Publishers Weekly.
And finally, our first page contest ended a year ago now and…… people are still entering.
Have a great weekend!