First up, unless you have been living under a rock (or somewhere other than the US of A), you probably know that today is the premiere of “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta, which just got a terrific review in the NY Times. On the other hand, you may not know that it is based on a classic urban thriller by John Godey that is truly awesome and gripping and a great look at 1970s NYC and whose tie-in rights may have been sold by a certain agent whose blog you happen to be reading. Please buy the book or e-book!
Meanwhile, a busy link week in the publishing industry.
Former Random House CEO Peter Olson is back with an essay about e-book pricing and, among many points, he argues that demand should drive the price point for e-books (not any relation to print prices) and also argues that publishers are not sharing enough e-book revenue with authors. To which authors and agents say: THANK YOU. (Via Pub Lunch [subscription])
HarperStudio recently spotlighted a cool interactive map of New York’s literary landmarks, which did not at all make me nostalgic for living in NYC. Nope. Not. At. All.
The millionth English word was invented!! Do you know what it was? “Web 2.0“. Which is, um, two words. Or, if you want to be specific, a word and two numbers and a punctuation mark. That were already invented. Way to go, people who decided what the millionth word was. (via Neil Vogler)
In agent advice news, if you’ve written more than one novel but none are published, is the fifth one you’re written still “your first novel” for the purposes of the query? Janet Reid says yes, and I agree.
Meanwhile, Jessica Faust tackles a tough topic. Surely in a free country everyone who wants to write should write. But should everyone seek publication?
And some funny stuff this week: first, what can books learn from the movies? Among other things: more suspenseful music, that’s what. (via Christopher Ryan).
And finally, thanks to Nikki Duncan for passing along a hilarious comic about life as an acquisitions editor (or, really, agent).
Have a great weekend!