The last indeterminate number of weeks in books 2/17/15

by | Feb 17, 2015 | Uncategorized | 6 comments

Photo by me. I’m on Instagram here.

Hello! Nice to see you again.

After completing several different projects that were consuming a large portion of my time I’m hoping to now return to more normal blogging activities. Famous last words.

Anyway! I’ve been saving up links for the last million weeks and here is a roundup.

Don’t you want to prepare for your inevitable life as a bestselling author? Of course you do. Here are 10 tips for being a bestselling author by Sophie Kinsella.

Exciting news as Jessica Faust from BookEnds has revived one of the best agent blogs out there. She also has some very solid advice, which essentially boils down to when in doubt, send the query.

Amazon released a new version of the Kindle, the Kindle Voyage, which Farhad Manjoo pronounced better than a hardcover.

Benjamin Dreyer, VP Executive Managing Editor & Copy Chief of Random House, has an awesome post explaining some of the very common things that trip up writers, like beside/besides, blond/blonde and much much more.

There were 458,564 self-published books in 2013. Yes, really.

Author Jennifer Hubbard had some interesting thoughts on writerly restraint, and how that can sometimes result in holding back.

There are agents and then there are schmagents. Natalie Lakosil breaks down the differences.

Last spring I attended a writer’s conference in Wisconsin, and the director there, Laurie Scheer, recently published new book called The Writer’s Advantage: A Toolkit for Mastering Your Genre.

At what age do writers publish their most famous works? Electric Literature has an awesome chart.

Whiskey! Healthy! Or so that article says!

Longtime editor turned journalist Daniel Menaker has an article in defense of editors.

And finally, SNL had a pretty hilarious sendup of recent YA movie tropes:

Have a good week!


  1. CJ

    I can't wait to see that movie.

  2. Jaimie Teekell

    Can Seth Rogan and James Franco please make that movie? "… from the YA novel written entirely in the comments section …"

  3. Bryan Russell

    But is the Voyage better than a trade paperback? Hmmmm?

  4. Jennifer R. Hubbard

    Thanks for linking!

    Almost half a million self-published books. Stuck on that figure.

  5. K L Romo

    Thanks Nathan. And LOVE the photo – looks just like a painting. NYC is a great place to take cool shots – I took a few myself in December.

  6. Alana Mag

    I love the random post on whiskey in between all the book articles. *CHEERS!*


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