Look! It's a future Harry Potter fan!
(Okay, it's an obvious excuse to post a picture of my nephew, but can you blame me? He's such a cutie!)
As for the last Harry Potter book, I'm starting to feel really sorry for those who are trying to remain unspoiled. I mean, is the concept that someone might not want to know what happens in the book before they read it such a wacky one? I don't think so.
So, in the interest of supporting all the Harry Potter fans out there who don't want to read any more about the book until they've actually read it, I present a whole bunch of links with no Harry Potter mentions at all.
Want to see exactly how far magazine are willing to go when it comes to airbrushing covers? Check this
out (scroll down until you get to the animated picture--trust me, you can't miss it)
Tess Gerritsen has two very interesting posts on making a bestseller list. The first is on how many copies
a book needs to sell before it hits a bestseller list, and the second talks about what sorts of sales are required
for a book to make a bestseller list. (In other words, yes, people really do have to buy a book for it to make the bestseller list, even if the publisher has ordered an enormous initial print run. Anyone remember the book that was supposed to hit really huge a few years ago? I can't remember the title, but the big selling point about the author was that he lived "off the grid.")
Finally, I meant to post this with the other essential writing links I put up the other day, though it seems oddly appropriate that I'm putting it up today: Jenny Crusie's excellent (and amusing) essay on professional jealousy.
My favorite lines: "Do not let other people spoil your joy. Then double check to make sure you're not doing the same thing to somebody yourself."