This week! The books!
First up, thank you to everyone for reviewing ‘Jacob Wonderbar!’ And the winner of the signed copy is… Redd! I’ll e-mail you arrange delivery.
Also this week I was interviewed at Read is the New Black and at Cynsations, wherein I talk my real-life experiences with substitute teachers, the astrophysics class I took in college and completely ignored while writing Wonderbar, and my love for Calvin & Hobbes.
Quiet week in the writing blogosphere this week. How could that be? Well, let’s face it. As Eric from Pimp My Novel so eloquently states: It’s summer.
Lots of talk of self-publishing this week, and in fact they comprise the bulk of the links. So let’s do this in bullet point fashion.
- Agent Rachelle Gardner examines whether self-publishing will hurt your chances at traditional publication.
- Author Anne R. Allen wonders if agents are becoming extinct and looks at some new strategies for agents and authors in the new publishing paradigm.
- Guest posting at Joe Konrath’s blog, author Barry Eisler makes some important distinctions about agents acting as publishers, and argues that agents facilitating an author self-publishing doesn’t have to be a conflict of interest.
- The CEO of e-distributor Smashwords, Mark Coker, argues that agents who facilitate self-publishing are fulfilling an important service.
And in life-of-a-writer news, my former client Natalie Whipple has an awesome post on the pressure that social networking instills, the dark side of the Internet, and how we’re not always proud of our actions online.
This week in the Forums, what should you ask a small press before signing a contract, are you on Goodreads?, some light YA recommendations, and a very important topic: reading like a writer.
Comment! of! the! Week! I really liked Cathy Yardley’s answer about what she wished she had known when she started writing, because it’s something I believe in wholeheartedly:
I wish I’d know that everybody writes alone, but nobody becomes a writing success that way. Not just the critique aspect, but the support. It’s too tough a business to lone wolf.
And finally, I had almost forgotten what a great show Animaniacs was, but my coworker Laura reminded me with this video. It works particularly well in a “Wonderbar” conext:
Have a great weekend!