What a week! Thanks so much to everyone for all of your support during JACOB WONDERBAR launch week, I appreciate it so much. Next week we’ll be getting back to regular programming to give everyone a breather from WONDERBAR WONDERBAR WONDERBAR, but there may be a few contests and surprises in store once everyone has recovered.
First off, holy cow, the amazing people in the discussion forums got together and sent me the nicest surprise at my launch party last night: Rocket cupcakes!! Thanks so much guys! I was so touched.
And! We have a winner in the Wonderbar Twitter Sweepstakes Extravaganza!! There were a total of 999 people who used the hashtag (which I thought was rather auspicious). In order to pick a winner, I went over to random.org, which gave me…
And I went over to my handy-dandy spreadsheet of entries…. which gave a familiar face around these parts…
Congrats to Josin McQuein!! Her Kindle is on the way.
Meanwhile, I collected links this week and here we go.
There was some interesting e-book news reported by my colleague David Carnoy at CNET. First off, Amazon is rumored to have an Android tablet e-reader in the works, something CEO Jeff Bezos didn’t exactly deny. The tablet likely wouldn’t replace the e-ink Kindle but would be sold alongside it. Bezos also talked about color e-ink, which is in prototype stages but isn’t yet ready for prime time.
And in other e-book news, there’s still a looming potential crisis for e-readers on the iPad, something discussed at length in a fascinating and no-holds-barred Q&A with a maker of an e-book app called iFlow Reader, which the manufacturer pulled from the app store (and with some harsh words for Apple). Apple is supposedly cracking down on companies with a provision that requires them to make in-app purchases available to consumers. This essentially means that if someone buys an e-book within an app, because of the agency model Apple gets the entire profit from that sale, which was unsustainable for iFlow Reader. No word on how Amazon, B&N and Kobo are going to deal with this requirement.
Meanwhile, e-book distributor Smashwords has been in the news as they announced that they had published their two billionth word, and founder Mark Coker was the subject of a feature in the San Francsico Chronicle.
Some of the major publishers are teaming up with AOL/HuffPo for a new venture that will potentially include GoodReads-esque social features and sell e-books direct to consumers, called Bookish. Mike Shatzkin has some interesting analysis of what this means. And the line between agents and publishers continues to blur as Ed Victor and Curtis Brown UK (note: separate company from Curtis Brown US) are launching separate publishing ventures.
There was some really great writing advice out there this week. My former colleague, agent Sarah LaPolla, has a great post on some writerly band-aids to apply before querying to make sure your writing is as strong as possible, The Intern counts down the 14 stages of critique letter acceptance, my former client Jim Duncan talks about how it’s not your agent’s job to sell every piece of writing you write, and Tahereh Mafi talks about how there’s no secret to squeezing in time to write: it’s just hard.
Hilarious author Adam Rex wrote a great open letter to people who think it’s easy to write a children’s book.
This week in the Forums, discussing Ed Victor’s move to start a publishing venture, how to maximize a pitch session, the golden rule of social media, do first books always suck?, and a very nice launch party for Jacob Wonderbar!
And finally, via Lisa Brackmann, if you speak French you’ll have to pretend you don’t, but this is extremely hilarious. Extistential ‘Star Wars’:
Have a great weekend!