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Friday, July 20, 2007

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."



Blogger Nephele Tempest said...

My Pub Lunch yesterday actually warned me not to read it... The spoiler thing really is getting annoying, and I can't believe such major newspapers broke precedent and published reviews already. After all, is there really anyone left on the planet who is going to base their purchase of HP7 on a review? They could have saved the column inches for some nice unknown writer who could use the extra publicity. *shakes head*


July 20, 2007 2:20 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

I was really shocked at how many people seemed intent on telling everyone how the book ended. It made me feel bad for everyone who was trying so hard to stay spoiler-free.

July 23, 2007 1:08 PM  
Anonymous John said...

I was terrified that people would show up at our Harry Potter event with the intent of spoiling people waiting for the book, like those jerks who drove around shouting "Snape kills Dumbledore!" to people waiting in line for Book 6. Thankfully, the jerks stayed away, and the people who wanted to talk about spoilers did so quietly and respectfully.

July 23, 2007 9:46 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

John, I was going to say I can't believe people would actually drive by a bookstore just to ruin a book for someone, but when it comes to HP, I can believe it. I'm glad things went more smoothly for Book 7, though!

July 25, 2007 12:57 PM  

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