This week….. publishing….
Lots of links this week, but first comes news that Dan Brown’s long long long awaited follow-up to THE DA VINCI CODE just might be finished! He would have delivered it sooner, but he was caught up in a global conspiracy involving an ancient Sanskrit text, the National Security Council, aliens, and, of course, the Catholic Church. It was epic. I’m told the ordeal also had impeccable pacing.
My colleague Tracy Marchini attended the O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference, and has a must-read series of posts on what she learned. Absolutely worth spending some time there to learn more about eBooks, the future of free content, books and social media, and all kinds of other good stuff.
You might have heard about a little device called Kindle 2, which a little company called Amazon will be shipping out in a couple of weeks now. Kindle 2’s birthing was met with a touch of controversy, as the device includes a feature where you can have the Kindle 2 read to you in a digital voice, which Amazon may not have the right to offer as they may not have secured, you know, audio rights. Stay tuned for this one.
Meanwhile, reader John Askins pointed me to this New York Times article about an upstart challenger to the Sony Reader and Amazon Kindle. Plastic Logic debuted a prototype eReader with a 10.7 inch display (compared to 6″ for the Sony and Kindle) that will support a variety of formats, and they’ve already begun reaching agreements for content.
As we all know, confidence is essential for any writer, and super-editor (I’m pretty sure that’s his actual title) Alan Rinzler recently wrote a great series of tips on how to keep up the writerly self-esteem.
Reader Neil Vogler pointed me to a BBC article which poses the question: when you have mobile devices and a short attention span to distract you, are you still reading?
Jan Markley was the first to point me to an “End of Publishing As We Know It: Canadian Style” article from the Globe and Mail about the increasing necessity of authorial self-promotion and what’s perceived as declining promotional efforts on the part of Canadian publishers, who are battling small margins. Sounds pretty familiar, eh?
The good people over at Book Roast have an anonymous publisher writing some great posts, and the most recent discusses what goes into a book cover.
One of the very most common questions I receive: how should an author conduct themselves when they have an agent? Agent Richard Curtis has drafted a 10 Commandments on this very subject, and quite a few of the points boil down to: let the agent do the talking. (hat tip Josephine Damian)
Several different blogging agents, including this one, have noted a serious uptick in queries in ’09, and particularly of the “Dear Agnet, Ive written a book I need an agent please write me back, Sincerely, Author” variety (often with the word “query” misspelled in the subject line). Janet Reid, needless to say, has some hilarious choice thoughts.
And finally, because we all need a little more pig in our life…
Have a great weekend!