Lots of links this week, and they don’t all fit neatly into the theme of Negativity Week, so in lieu of an actual theme to the news I will instead be saying “Bah!” at the end of every paragraph regardless of my feeling about the news I’ve just relayed. Consider it negativity, old man style. (Or sheep-style, I suppose, but that would be baaa. It’s all in the inflection.)
Reader/commenter Rick Daley has started a blog devoted to critiques of queries submitted by participants. It’s also a good time to remind everyone about agent Janet Reid’s indispensable/awesome/generous ongoing resource Query Shark. Bah!
Attention suspense fans, Barry Eisler, author of the very awesome and popular John Rain series, has a new standalone thriller just out this week called FAULT LINE. Barry also has a very interesting blog, and this week he reprinted a fascinating interview about his work. Bah!
And in case you needed proof that books or still selling…. well, just ask Pilot Sully, he of the artfully downed plane in the Hudson, who scored a reported $3.2 million two book deal, one for a memoir and the other rumored to be a collection of inspirational poetry. Bah!
Also scoring a big book deal this week was Audrey Niffenegger for her completely written follow up to THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE. After agent Kristin Nelson blogged about it and speculated on who triggered the leak. Niffenegger’s agent, Joe Regal, later chimed in and insisted they didn’t want the amount to leak, but also used the opportunity to say how much he admires that Ms. Niffenegger took her time to completely write a brilliant follow-up. Which, I agree, is admirable. Bah!
Among the great BookEnds LLC blog posts this week was one on a successful nonfiction query sample. Poor neglected nonfiction queries, they are so rarely used as examples! Jessica Faust also posted a list of query don’ts — you wouldn’t want your agent doing them, so don’t do them yourself. Bah!
Also in the hizzy is my colleague Tracy Marchini, who I reckon be droppin’ a hella wicked post on some fings to consider when writing slang (and yes, I tried to incorporate as many disparate dialects as possible in that sentence). Bah!
Lastly but not leastly in agent news is blogging agent extraordinaire Jennifer Jackson, who posted some of the wonderful things about being an agent. Bah!
Experimentation is definitely in the air, and from always-indispensable GalleyCat came word that Lexycle and Macmillan are teaming up to produce a book in standalone iPhone App form. Could this be a harbinger for more self-contained reading apps? Bah!
Also in that vein, reader Margaret Welman Paez was kind enough to direct me to an post in the Paper Cuts blog of the New York Times about a book by Clay Shirky called HERE COMES EVERBODY. Within the post there is a tremendous quote that I think sums up the coming deluge of content in the e-book era that I’ve blogged about before: “It’s going from a world of ‘filter, then publish’ … to ‘publish, then filter.” Well said. Bah!
And finally, Andrew Sullivan linked to this amazing short film by Bruce Branit, which I think captures what it’s like to be a writer:
Have a great weekend! Bah!