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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Another week, and another link explosion--there's a lot going on, so I'll get to it right after I say congrats! to rabbithigh, who won the movie contest--thank you all for your suggestions! (I ended up spending the weekend working, but maybe, one day soon, I'll get to the movies after all...)

Also, with September fast approaching, I will be sending a message (and yes, a members-only contest) to my mailing list in September. If you'd like to join, click here to find out how. I send out no more than four messages a year, at the most, in case you were wondering.

Now on to all those links!

Pimp My Novel on having/working with people who have publishing industry experience and why it is helpful to authors

And, of course, the Dorchester saga has a new page--they are moving to doing just "digital" books (aka e-books)--with more, updated info here.

Dorchester has been having financial problems for ages (they made the blogs months ago when then sold of the most profitable parts of their backlist to another publisher--I want to say one of the romance divisions over at Harper, but I'm not positive) but naturally, this move has caused a lot of blog discussion.

Pimp My Novel wonders if we're getting ready to see the death of mass market paperbacks (as far as YA goes, I'm not seeing it, but I've certainly been wrong before!), Dear Author wonders if some authors will simply stop writing, and Jim C. Hines points out that people have been saying traditional print is dying/will die soon for about a decade (I've certainly been reading about it since I started this blog, and I will tell you, things really kicked into high gear when the economy tanked)

Really, instead of worrying over whether or not people will be reading paper books or be reading book on electronic devices I would instead worry, as Betsy Lerner has pointed out, ""I don’t need one more person asking me about Kindles and IPads and what they mean to publishing. What they mean is that some people are going to read on screens, but most people still won’t read at all."

And that, I think, is the biggest thing publishing--and all authors and aspiring authors truly need to be deeply concerned about--not how people read, but how to get people *to* read in the first place.

A Fireplace, A Chair, and A Tea Cozy on Readers’ Advisory

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management on typos and typo-spotting

Genreality on The Good Stuff -- a great little piece about holding on to the good moments in publishing (and it goes for life too!)

Do you have to write a million words before you're ready to write professionally?

Fantastic blog post at Murderati about the RWA convention and the importance of romance readers (they read a lot, and are passionate about it--what's not to love??)

Nice post about attending a workshop about being a first-time novelist--held by the author--and the author's agent -- also, some really good tips for people getting ready to dive into the world of publishing.

In the vein of the above post, another one on entering publishing--a nice reminder that writing (and publishing) *is* a business

Last week, on twitter, I talked about trying to make homemade ice cream (without an ice cream maker). The end result? Unsatisfactory! (I cheered myself up by reading one of my favorite recipes--for a extraordinary-sounding chocolate cookie semifreddo)

And then I read this--there was an Ethel M store open for a few years in the Tysons Corner Mall, and my husband loved that place and still talks about their toffee. Maybe I should take him out there for the tour???

Finally, one of the most amazing reviews of The Unwritten Rule I've had the pleasure of reading. (I actually cried when I was done, I was so happy) -- and, as always, it provided me with a reminder that so many of YOU bring so much brightness to my days, and for that, I am so, so thankful.


Blogger The Lovely Reader said...

Oooh, I have a feeling the newsletter has something to do with GRACE. :D I can't wait for it.

August 10, 2010 9:52 AM  
Blogger Miranda said...

I posted a review of one of your novels on my blog. I'd love for you to check it out!

August 10, 2010 8:07 PM  
Blogger meriam2e said...

i went though every single link and read every single word :) i love your link explosions they always get me in the mood to sit my butt down and focus on my writing, which is just what i need right now so thanks :)

August 19, 2010 1:15 PM  

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