Just a quick heads-up that I’m going to be in New York next week and thus posting may be a bit sporadic. If I don’t melt in the NYC summer heat I’ll try and put some thoughts together when I can.
Now then! It was a relatively quiet week in publishing this week, but I think I can rustle up some news for you.
Have the e-reader price wars begun? B&N announced that it would sell a WiFi-only Nook for $149, and Amazon dropped its Kindle price to $189. With many different devices coming soon, the price competition could get still more fierce.
Meanwhile, over at Salon, Laura Miller takes a look at the coming self-publishing landscape and wonders if the reading public is ready for its encounter with the slush pile.
And speaking of burnout, there’s been an unlikely confession from an author being “burned out on vampires.” Who was it? None other than Stephenie Meyer.
Bestselling author (and Twitter maven!) Susan Orlean wrote one of those only-in-publishing breakdowns of the many, many editors she has worked with due to personnel changes and people getting fired and leaving publishing and you name it.
Agent Michael Stearns at Upstart Crow had an interesting blog post about Bruce Coville and the “Rule of Twenty.” Basically: it’s only when you reach your twentieth idea that you’re getting original.
Comment! Of! The! Week! goes to Dan, who cracked me up with his response to my post about vague rejections:
I got a response to a query which said, in its entirety:
“Why, God, Why?”
What, if anything, should I read into that?
And finally, I haven’t really been talking much about reality television lately even though this season of the Bachelorette has been some truly tremendous television. But seriously, was there anything on the Internet in the last week more hilarious than Bachelor Jake’s explanation for why he broke up with Vienna? (That would be the person, not the city in case you didn’t watch the show. Also shame on you for not watching the show). Take it away, People Magazine:
He was struggling to get into character for his role on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva,, which he was filming in Atlanta while Vienna remained in Los Angeles.
“One of the keys to acting is you have to get out of your head,” Pavelka, 32, tells PEOPLE. “This [show] didn’t hire me to be Jake, they hired me to play Toby Davlin. I can’t be Jake and sell this character.”
There are few things in the world that have ever made me happier than the preceding paragraph. Oh, Jake. Thanks for that.
Have a great weekend! Go USA!!!