This! Books! Week!
NaNoWriMo is over!! Congrats to all participants, and hope everyone is enjoying some non-writing activities. Would you believe that the event produced 2,799,449,947 words? That’s two BILLION. Good work, people.
My former client Natalie Whipple has written one of the most beautifully honest posts I’ve read in an extremely long time. She dared to speak something that writers usually don’t discuss: the agony of being on submission for fifteen months. A truly amazing post, and she followed it up with a post on what she learned.
And speaking of great writing advice, agent Rachelle Gardner talks about one of the most important lessons about staying sane as a writer: it doesn’t work to compare your situation to others.
But in actually-good book news, just in time for the holidays, my former colleague Sarah LaPolla has an amazing roundup of her favorite books of the year to help inspire your shopping list.
Simon & Schuster gave a book deal to God. Or at least God’s Twitter account.
And e-book distributor Smashwords announced that it is ending discounting and is moving to a model where the author or publisher exclusively sets the retail price. CEO Mark Coker explains their reasoning behind the shift. Closely related to all of this, for all you publishing wonks out there, Mike Shatzkin reviews the biggest story in publishing in 2010: the shift to the agency model.
This week in the Forums, the strange things we think about, where do you find your list of agents, history buffs unite, wondering how “terrible” books get published (Nathan gnashes teeth), and what’s your addiction?
And finally, via smasover in The Forums, a hilarious video that has been making the rounds: So you wanna write a novel…
Have a great weekend!