Yes, this week in publishing on a Thursday. This afternoon I’m headed to the Pike’s Peak Writers Conference, and I’m looking forward to meeting some of you there!
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Now then! Onto the week in publishing.
First up: who wants a free printer? I see a lot of hands. My good friend Holly Burns is currently giving away a free HP Photosmart printer on her blog. You just have to leave a comment about why you want it. It’s that easy. (US residents only. Sorry furranners!)
Allison Brennan was extremely kind to include her query in the Be An Agent for a Day challenge, and this week she blogged about the experience and the odd (and not so odd) reasons why some agents for a day rejected her query.
Dan Brown’s new novel is dropping in September with a ridonkulously huge 5 million copy first printing.
Lynn Viehl was awesome enough to post her most recent royalty statement online, meaning you too can attempt to make sense of a document so confusing it may as well be written in Sanskrit. Luckily, agent translators are standing by. (I kid, Penguin. Your statements aren’t too bad. Your contracts, on the other hand, should be sent with a free magnifying glass).
Innovating editor Jon Karp of Twelve recently wrote a PW article with twelve (of course) recommendations for the publishing industry, including ending Kabuki publishing and putting out much fewer books. Dan Menaker posted a hilarious response with his own suggestions (sample: 2. No more landscape- or seascape-only cover images.) , and G.B.H. Hornswoggler (aka Andrew Wheeler) weighed in a bit more seriously. He’s less sanguine than Jon about the public’s supposed disdain for books like other books, and worries about the effects of massive downsizing on reader selection. (via Other Lisa’s Twitter feed, via lots of other @people)
Speaking of innovation, bestselling author David Hewson posted a seriously awesome article about the hypothetical possibility of an author self-publishing collective loosely based on the old actor-led movie studio United Artists. David knows there are some details still to be worked out, but folks, this is likely what at least part of the future will look like. (And yes, he notes that agents will still be important, although in a slightly different role). Via MJ Rose.
Ever wondered about the difference between galleys (bound and early designed) and ARCs? Ms. Sally Spitfire is here to help.
Have a good weekend! Colorado, here I come!