Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Link Love

M.J. Rose (of Buzz, Balls and Hype) talks about the dangers of comparisons when it comes to explaining your novel. I agree with her idea on using focus groups to help summarize a book’s concept (especially if I can be part of them). Link via Alison Kent.

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.


Anonymous said...

The bookseller tea should be one of the biggest events at RWA. It makes no sense.

Tess Gerritsen's article was neat, but I thought the last line was pretty telling: Hype is just hype. It brings to mind the Diana Peterfruend (sp?) book that seemed to be written up everywhere but that no reader I have heard of really loved.

lady t said...

That stinks what happened to Caitlin-you'd think a major publisher would be more careful in adhering to a contract,now wouldn't you? Well,if bookstores are unable to carry her work,folks should try libraries and book borrying services(Booksfree).

Of course,part of the probelm was due to her titles being in trade paperback first and then going to mass market but why that would make the trade copies OOP is beyond me. Most publishers like to have books in both versions these days.

Anonymous said...

Jane, I'm reading Diana Peterfreund's book right now and really enjoying it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link! You make the best link love posts, there's enough reading in here to keep me busy the rest of the day.

quiche said...

I'm going to recommend ordering some of Caitlin's titles at the store, just to see if I can do it. And Charles Frazier's new book raised the little hairs on the back of my neck. I tend to be ansy about a non-Indian writing about Indian characters. Nearly every person who tells me they are Indian are Cherokee.

Anonymous said...

The image isn't a link, but here's a link to that strip (which is really amusing, BTW - thanks).