Feb 232012

Once again, Industry News is chock-full of conflict. Happily, it also brings glad tidings.

 Let’s start with glad

If Cinderella can slip her foot into a glass slipper and be transformed into a princess, can’t author Patricia O’Brien adopt a pseudonym to sell her latest historical novel–then watch it go into a second printing? The New York Times has the tale. O’Brien’s fairy godmother agent is powerhouse Esther Newberg.

Agent Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary advises writers not to believe all the doom and gloom stories told about the industry. (The first of a three-part blog series.)

Hilary Smith, the novelist formerly known only as The Intern, offers a fresh take on tackling and conquering revisions.

Social-media expert Kristen Lamb is a writer and understands writerly angst. Here, she offers tips for battling burn-out. Hint: Not one of them calls for abandoning the WIP.

Success doesn’t mean the same thing to all writers. Platform-builder Dan Blank says each of us must define it for ourselves.

Digital-book consultant Mike Shatzkin tallies the growing percentage of Big Six titles sold online and concludes we’re halfway through the publishing revolution.

Trying to absorb the contents of a revision letter? Agent Steve Laube walks us through the stages:  anger, depression, negotiation, and acceptance.  

In the wake of Kodak’s bankruptcy filing last month, agent Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary penned a three-part blog series entitled “What the Publishing Industry Can Learn from Kodak.” It’s a must-read. Find Part I here. Then proceed to Part II. And don’t miss Part III

Amazon.com customers rate the company high in “emotional appeal” according to a recent Harris Poll Reputation Survey. What’s interesting is that Shelf Awareness, an online newsletter for brick-and-mortar bookstores reported the news.  (Fourth item from the top, but make time to read the first item, too.)

Chuck Wendig has twenty-five things he wants to say to “aspiring” writers. The list is a worthwhile read although Wendig’s language skews blue.

Did you memorize Wendig’s most colorful expressions? Good, because you’ll utter them when reading the second half of this column. 

It’s conflict time.

The Author’s Guild portrays Amazon as a bully prepared to “rip up the remaining physical infrastructure of book retailing and the vital book-browsing ecosystem it supports.”

The not-so-Passive Guy (a lawyer by training) behind The Passive Voice blog rips into the Author’s Guild’s stance.

Writer Joe Konrath, meanwhile, contends the future belongs to publishing innovators–like Amazon.

Despite reports of brick activity at bookstores this past December, overall bookstore sales dropped 15.6 percent for the month.

“Chick” as synonym for woman or female is so last century. Nevertheless, a Guardian reporter who seems to think women’s fiction heroines must be, by definition, klutzy, interviewed writer Sophie Kinsella in an attempt to answer the question, “What do we think of chick lit?” Kinsella out-maneuvered the interviewer.

Book reviewer Douglas Brinkley probably wishes he’d never coined the term “chick nonfiction.” At the Huffington Post, Margaret Wheeler Johnson details the Twitter-fueled uproar that followed Brinkley’s review of Jodi Kantor’s nonfiction The Obamas in the New York Times. Although Brinkley’s review was mostly positive, the following sentence raised hackles: “Call it chick nonfiction, if you will; this book is not about politics, it’s about marriage….”

Look for the next installment of Industry News Sunday, March 4.

  One Response to “Industry News-February 22”

  1. Thanks so much for mentioning my blog post! Great recap of articles/news.

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