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It’s been an interesting past few weeks! I had a fantastic time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Writers’ Institute, great meeting all of the writers there, including longtime reader Alison Coffey, who you may know as commenter ABC. Though I was sorry to watch the Badgers lose in the Final Four.
Speaking of the Final Four, propelled his successful choice of UConn to win it all, longtime friend-o-the-blog Peter Dudley won the 2014 Blog Bracket Challenge! Peter, you know where to find me for the prize.
Meanwhile, some interesting links caught my eye in the past few weeks. Here they are.
There continues to be a great deal of discussion in the book world about the state of diversity in the publishing industry, especially following in the wake of Christopher Myers’ New York Times article “The Apartheid of Children’s Literature.” Sarah McCarry, aka the Rejectionist posted about how the industry can publish more writers of color. Jennifer Pan has an interesting article that argues focusing on diversity numbers alone misses the point. I also participated in an interview with Maya Prasad about the issue.
Independent bookstores have offered the industry a glimmer of hope of late as they have hung on even as chains struggle, but in a further sign of the times, Manhattan bookstores may soon be an endangered species.
Holt Uncensored compares the movie tie-in book editions vs. their originals.
David Gaughran has a terrific post on the ins and outs of e-book pricing. Lots of nuanced discussion.
Reader Tiffany Roger wrote about the ways in which the writing process can sometimes resemble a burning log in the fireplace.
How do editors in different countries edit? Interesting interview with Emma Donahue, Judy Clain and Iris Tupholme.
And Game of Thrones is back!! I can’t get enough of this goat mashup:
Have a great weekend!