This. Week. PUBLISHING!
The big news this week is courtesy of the Crown Group at Random House, which underwent its second reorganization in a year. Lots of people reporting to different people and imprints created and closed and you can find the details here.
Mike Shatzkin had a great series of posts this week on what he would have said at the London Book Fair were it not for the unpronounceable volcano spewing ash everywhere and messing up travel plans. In particular I want to highlight Part II, in which he has an overview of how he sees the next twenty years in books unfolding. Brace yourselves paper friends, because he’s envisioning a world of ubiquitous screens and paper books as mere antiques and collectibles, which will have a massive impact on the role of publishers and the value of content.
And speaking of which, io9 linked to a really cool and exhaustive illustration that shows precisely how a paper book is made.
There are now quite a few publishing types on The Twitter, and publishers are taking to the Tweetwaves to give away books and give inside info. Follow the Reader has a list of their favorite Tweeting publishers. In other social media news, FinePrint also had a quick post that discusses the most important element in a blog’s success: voice.
In publishing advice news, Jessica Faust at BookEnds had a great post where she kept track of why she was passing on queries (most common reason: a project just not feeling different or special enough), and Editorial Anonymous has a really fascinating post about the balance between deciding whether a children’s book will appeal to kids or adults, and which is more important.
Eric from Pimp My Novel had a great post this week on making sure you know your non-compete clause before you decide to post content on the web, and he also has a refresher myth-busting post on some common misconceptions about the biz.
This week in the Forums, I reorganized the Feedback Forum so you can now go straight to sections on Queries, Excerpts, and Synopses. There’s also a Forum dedicated to connecting with critique partners. Also this week: kick-yourself moments after noticing a glaring typo after sending it, the Internet’s crowdsourced book club pick (one guess who the author is), and still trying to figure out… actually Lost was a repeat.
Comment! Of! The! Week!! Actually there were lots of really great comments this week and thanks to everyone who participated in Be an Agent for a Day II. Rather than pick just one comment, I’d like to thank the participating authors once again for their intrepid bravery.
And finally, it’s iPad 3G release day, and when mine arrives I can hardly wait to keep reading LOTR on a bigger screen. What would Tolkien think?
Have a great weekend!