Lots of links again, so let’s get started! Also, thanks to the Hastings Entertainment Law class for hosting me this morning, you guys asked some really smart questions about the business. But then: you’re law students. Of course you people are smart.
First up: Blog reader plugs! Reader Scott Rhoades has an article called “Great Writing Software That Won’t Coast a Dime” in the May issue of The Writer magazine, which is in stores now. Mira started a blog called Come In Character, in which she offers prompts and writers respond in their characters’ voices, which is undoubtedly a fun exercise. And longtime friend of the blog Ray Rhamey is turning his popular blog Flogging the Quill into a book version, so check that out as well.
This week’s agentfail post at Bookends continues to spark reactions around the blogosphere. Victoria Strauss responds here and Jonathan Lyons here. Both, like me, are surprised at the venom. Only kind of unsurprised too. UPDATE: Jennifer Jackson weighs in here.
And to further respond to yesterday’s post, I understand that agents sometimes fall down at the job and do some things that frustrate and irritate authors. We’re human. But don’t forget that: we’re human. We’re not horrible weeds in the publishing garden. We love our clients, books, and the publishing industry, or else we wouldn’t be here.
Speaking of positivity, Bookends also started an Authorpass and Agentpass appreciation thread. Feel the love!
In actual book glossary news, Book Roast’s own anonymous publisher breaks down terms like launch and sales conference and discusses how publishers go about allocating marketing resources. An absolute must read if you’re curious about how that process works.
Influential blogger Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo recently bought a Kindle, liked it a lot, and then immediately began considering the potentially scary repercussions and the disappearance of paper books. A really nice summary of both the advantages of e-books paired with consciousness of their perils.
Via Moonrat comes word that the late Robert Jordan’s last book will be released in three volumes. This is big news to everyone who has read all 7,078,253,278,234 words of the series thus far.
Rachelle Gardner has a fabulous post on 10 things an author should expect out of their agent. Really a great list.
My client Jennifer Hubbard has another great writing post this week about what makes a book un-put-downable (and she should know, her upcoming novel THE SECRET YEAR absolutely falls into that category). She attributes it to a combination of a question to be solved and a compelling voice.
Reader Neil Vogler pointed me to an article that contemplates an interesting new avenue for writing: literary video games?
And finally, friend-of-the-blog Tanya Egan Gibson has a new book coming out called HOW TO BUY A LOVE OF READING, and she recently produced a really cool book trailer:
Have a great weekend!