Happy Labor Day, everyone! Here are some links to help you pass the holiday.
First up, I am doing the Tumblr! I think for real this time! I have given my page a fresh look and hope to be updating much more often with photos, art (not mine, don’t worry), links, clips, and etc., along with links to my blog posts as well. Fun fun.
Second! If you have not yet tired of the sound of my voice there are two new places where I am speaking the words. First, the second episode of the Wordplay Podcast is live, with special guest Ally Condie:
Click through to the post to find out how you can win a signed copy of Ally Condie’s MATCHED. Also, I was interviewed by Moses Siregar III for the Adventures in SciFi Publishing podcast (interview starts around the 20 minute mark), where we talk about living the ups and downs of the writing and publication process and how important it is to be a part of the community of writers. Also, Moses’ novel THE BLACK GOD’S WAR just came out, so give that a look-see as well.
Now then. The links!
Amazon is on a lot of people’s mind this week. First, TechCrunch says they’ve gotten their hands on a prototype of Amazon’s upcoming tablet and have some early specs: 7 inches, could be released in October for $250, and a custom Android interface. Among those responding with analysis, at the LA Times Carolyn Kellogg starts with the breathless headline The hypothetical Amazon tablet will take over the universe, before pointing out that the Nook Color… is a 7 inch Android tablet that costs $250 and is already on sale. And writing for CNET (where, disclosure, I’m employed) Eric Mack wonders if the Amazon tablet will succeed where other Android tablets have failed.
And (yes there’s more), writing for GigaOM, Matthew Ingram analyzes the new @author program, where you can tweet at authors as part of the reading experience, and the way Amazon is further disrupting the traditional publisher’s place in the reading ecosystem.
Speaking of disruption, guest posting at Cynthia Leitich Smith’s blog, picture book author Lindsey Lane talks about the digital transformation of a picture book over to an app.
Cory Doctorow has been a prominent freevangelist and digital innovator for some time, so after he self-published a short story collection I was mildly surprised to see this great post defending publishers and reaching an inescapable conclusion: Self-publishing is hard. (via Victoria Strauss)
Writing for The Millions, Kim Wright takes a look at a really significant trend in the world of literature: Literary writers moving to genre fiction.
In writing advice news, Brian Wood has an interesting interview on writing humor, agent Rachelle Gardner reminds everyone that we have to write for our own times rather than bemoaning that publishers don’t publish books like X classic, writing at Wicked & Tricksy, Sommer Leigh writes about the Courage of Writers, and Shrinking Violet Promotions talks about writers finding their voices, not just on the page but in life.
You may have gotten a rejection letter this week, but chances are it wasn’t as mean as this one.
This week in the Forums, an ode to Fantasy Football, waiting is the WORST, thoughts on designing a blog, whether to smile or not in author photos, how to develop a unique plot in each book in a trilogy, another NaNoWriMo success story, and you are worthy of success.
Comment! of! the! Week! I had a seriously hard time choosing a comment of the week this week because there were so many great ones. So I’m going to duck choosing just one and give the thread on whether the Internet is making us better or worse a collective comments of the week. Awesome discussion.
And finally, sometimes it’s important to take a walk in the park, which I did on Saturday:
Have a great week!