And… the… finalists… are…
Yeah, still working on that. But!! I shall have them ready for you early next week. I think. There are a lot of them. Soon! Meanwhile, there was a Week in Books….
Before we get to the books, remember when I went to Peru on a volunteer vacation and it changed my life? Well! You have this opportunity too! Please visit Volunteer Journals at Travelocity, and all you have to do is enter a video for a chance to win a volunteer vacation. People, voluntourism is the greatest thing ever. Enter! Enter! Enter!!
Another domino in the path toward e-book-adoption has fallen. In their recent earnings report, Amazon reported the Kindle e-books now outsell paperbacks on Amazon. The e-books, they are selling like mad! (disclosure: link is to CNET, I work at CNET.)
Lots of people talking about Stanely Fish’s book about how to write a sentence, and writer Adam Haslett took on Stanley Fish’s book, and placed it in context with that tome extolling the terse sentence, Strunk & White. (via The Book Bench) Meanwhile, Slate took a look at Stanley Fish’s Top 5 Sentences of all Time. Which are rather top.
And speaking of great sentences, there was a great feature this week over at the Quentessentially Questionable Query Experiment, where my friend Matt Rush interviewed my other friend Bryan Russell about his rather impressive query for his novel THE DREAM OF CROWS. Much insightfulness resulted.
In writing advice news, my former colleague agent Sarah LaPolla breaks down different pitch session attendee types, Eric from Pimp My Novel reminds us of a very important fact of life: this is a business, my dear friend the Rejectionist talks about Inappropriate Agent Behaviors and a Five Step Program for Exiting, my former client Jennifer Hubbard talks about the necessity of taking a break (she’s right), and and agent Rachelle Gardner talks about the importance of having a core group of fans.
Oh, and Nabokov was right about the butterflies.
This week in the Forums, getting ready for the Super Bowl, talking about HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, sharing your first paragraph, and how do you decide on a title?
Comment! of! the! Week! There were many great comments about the post on what keeps you reading a book, but I decided to go with Tammy for brevity and insightfulness:
I like the first line to be short and seemingly impossible.
And finally, it’s been hotter than summer here in San Francsico, but I know all of you folks back East and in Europe have been having the winter from the opposite of Hades. Of all the things I’ve seen, this is probably the craziest. Frozen bubbles!!
Have a great weekend!!