This week in books! A little late!
First up, there’s going to be a JACOB WONDERBAR book party!! And you’re invited! The publication of WONDERBAR is just over two weeks away, and on Friday May 13th I’m going to be hosting a reading/launch party at Books Inc. Opera Plaza here in San Francsico. Please come! Mark your calendars! Bring your friends! Bring corndogs! (Okay, corndogs are optional.) May 13th, 7pm, hope to see you there.
Oh, and I also had an interview over at Not an Editor, where I talk about the editing process.
In publishing news, some sad news as yet another memoir has been exposed as perhaps lacking on the truthiness scale. This time it’s THREE CUPS OF TEA author Greg Mortensen. INTO THIN AIR author Jon Krakauer published an expose about some of Mortensen’s stories, including wandering into a village after being lost climbing K2, and being kidnapped by the Taliban. Among the reactions, Laura Miller at Salon wonders what’s the big deal, Jessa Crispin tackles Miller and points out the casual racism of claiming you were kidnapped by Taliban, and Ta-Nehisi Coates wonders if publishers are ever going to have to start fact-checking memoirs, noting how easy it is to spin fiction and claim it’s true.
One of the greatest shows on television is entering its final season (or, at least, for those of use who don’t have Direct TV) and I’m definitely going to miss it when it’s gone. The Millions surveys the literariness of “Friday Night Lights” and places it alongside The Wire and Mad Men in the genre of “TV for readers.”
Speaking of readings, Lisa Brackmann passed along a hilarious post from The Onion, and the headline says it all: Author Promoting Book Gives It Her All Whether It’s Just 3 People Or A Crowd Of 9 People.
In e-book news, Amazon announced that it would soon allow library lending on the Kindle, a feature that already exists on the Nook. And although a small UK publisher previously published an article in the Guardian bemoaning Amazon’s terms, another small press came to Amazon’s defense with an article saying Amazon isn’t the enemy.
In writing advice news, agent Rachelle Gardner has a terrific post on 6 things writers can learn from Ernest Hemingway (having just read A MOVEABLE FEAST myself I found this post spot on), and The Intern talks about the Top 10 reasons you should rewrite that scene,
And in life-of-a-writer news, Shrinking Violet Promotions talks about expectations for middle grade novel debuts (needless to say I read this one with great interest), Tahereh Mafi, who has an amazing new Tumblr blog, posted a hilarious animated GIF rundown of what it’s like to get a full manuscript request, and Hannah Moskowitz has a really honest and awesome post about her cover for INVINCIBLE SUMMER. Hannah acknowledges two great things: authors don’t always get the cover they imagine, but they’re also not the experts one what sells.
Oh, and agent Sarah LaPolla wonders which fictional character would make the best president.
This week in the Forums, discussing the best e-book starting price, what will happen to agents if they’re no longer selling books to publishers, whether it’s worth it to hire a social media expert, confessing love for Edward Cullen, do you work on more than one book at a time, and what do you write for?
Comment! of! the! Week! goes to Andrew, who has a good counterpoint to my Monday post about 99 cent e-books:
The tragedy of the commons is actually a non-tragedy. Elinor Ostrom won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Economics for showing that commonly owned resources are often very well managed by the local communities that depend on them.
Plus, books aren’t exactly a finite resource. The market for books is definitely finite but the creation of books isn’t tied to any constrained resource. If anything it’s actually the opposite. The act of writing is so pleasurable in itself that the thought of being a successful author is very attractive. So much of your blog is dedicated to trying to prove the opposite :-).
These days it’s almost impossible to charge differing prices in the consumer market for the exact same product. Amazon knows all about my past purchases and probably has enough information to be able to charge me more for some stuff than it charges to other people but imagine the bad press it would get if it did that (economists always seem to ignore human psychology for some reason). Even if Amazon could get away with charging me more you’d instantly see companies spring up to take advantage of that price inefficiency by acting as a middleman between people who can buy something cheap and people who actually want that product.
And finally, this video is a few years old but it’s been making the rounds again. One man, one city by the Bay, thirty-five years, and 100,000+ toothpicks… (via Curbed)
Have a great weekend!