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This week in the books!
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the #ThankAWriter project! Maggie Mason posted a recap, including how her first letter to Thomas Lynch resulted in an amazing gift from the author, some of the excerpts from the letters, and the winner of the first six books in the Penguin Dropcap series. It’s never too late to participate if you haven’t gotten around to writing your letters.
Meanwhile a very busy couple of weeks for me as I spent some of last week in San Francisco for work, but I was able to snag a few links from the last couple weeks for your enjoyment:
Reader Greg Peisert took the data from my post yesterday about how e-book sales are still on the rise and added very helpful linear and logarithmic trend lines to see where we might be headed. Chances are somewhere between these two lines:
Drama: Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar
History: Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall
Biography: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
Poetry: Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds
General Nonfiction: Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King
Congrats to all the winners!
Author David Gaughran wrote a provocative post about distribution service Argo Nevis, which many top literary agents offer their clients as a self-publishing option. Does it provide a good deal for authors? Gaughran concludes no. The comments section is very interesting, and I left my thoughts there as well.
Lots of writers belong to writing groups. But how many people have to cross a military checkpoint to visit theirs? Reader Nora Lester Murad shared a really great video of her writer’s group in Ramallah, Palestine.
Chuck Sambuchino has a great round of advice from agents about what not to do at the beginning of your novel.
Actor Jason Segal landed a book deal for a middle grade series.
GalleyCat rounded up some writing advice for aspiring children’s book authors.
And Maggie has an awesome roundup of homemade gift ideas for Mother’s Day.
Meanwhile, don’t forget about the Forums! If you ever want to ask me a question, connect with writers, or spill what’s on your mind, that’s the place to do it.
And finally, with the playoffs upon us, I couldn’t get enough of Shaq’s NBA bloopers of the year:
Have a great weekend!