As always Powell’s Book Blog had a very informative list of links up yesterday including this remaindering horror story as perpetuated on Caitlin R. Kiernan by her publisher. Very bad form, Penguin, but an excellent explanation as to why I couldn’t get these books in stock for a customer.
The, uh, good folks at Killer Year are very helpful, so helpful that they have provided “20 Surefire Tips to Help You Get Your Book (not) Published.” It’s great advice from a group of people who (all together) know more than 300 ways to kill you if you disagree, so smile pretty and take your notes in sparkly pen.
A few weeks back Tess Gerritsen discussed hype (both its good and bad affects) and the “Whatever Happen To…?” authors. Good food for thought and discussion. I especially agree with this advice:
A loyal reader is far better than the casual reader who just picks up your book because of media hype. The loyal reader will forgive you the occasional dud, because she knows you’ve done better. The casual reader will read that dud and never pick up another one of your books.
C. Max Magee of the Millions covers the “10 Most Dangerous Books” list as provided by Human Events and his thoughts on the power (and dangers) of labeling.
Dear Author has a column from Jolie, the intrepid bookseller, about the RWA conference this year and the bookseller tea. I’m appalled at the lack of support for booksellers, but I’m intrigued by tea aspect (as long as it is not Stash). Still I’m saddened by the complete lack of planning that seemed to have gone into the event. They could have at least provided name tags.
Over at The Publishing Spot, Jason Boog is interviewing Christa Faust the author of the novelization of Snakes on a Plane (she also wrote the novel of Final Destination 3). It sounds like she’s a pretty funny lady.
And finally, your future competition in Children’s Literature from Pearls Before Swine. (Click on the picture to enlarge.)
I really could have used this book as a kid.