Friday, June 18, 2010

Round Up Day

Friday round up time, with Laura from Combreviations:

Happy belated Bloomsday! Not so surprisingly, as the summer picks up speed publishing news gets really thin. So a short (but sweet!) round up, for you, my favorite people who read round ups. First, and probably most important, is all the Twilight news. Yes, I know, there is a lot of it for whatever reason. Psychologists are analyzing Edward Cullen (among other fictional characters) as training now, which really does give some insight into insanity. Also insane is the debate over the movies showing the violent, gnawing birth of the blessed were-sparkle demon or whatever. Stephanie Meyer explains her mental conception of Bree Tanner, which I like to imagine went something like this: "Gee, I could use another vacation house. Novella it is!" There could also be a secret foodie message, which, you know, not bad. Sometimes you really have to wonder: who's really winning here, Twilight or Jesus?

Outside of Twilight, the rest of publishing does exist. The Millions came up with their own list of 20 writers under 40, and there's a compilation of the 100 best travel books ever. And some seriously wonderful cranky human being has put together a Tumblr of Slushpile Hell. If only these queriers knew to include barking dogs! They'll never be a part of the billionaire book club. Maybe they can get Moleskine Kindles though, for optimal smarm.

Sometimes you just need to ask, before you query: are you sure you're ready to publish? Of course, flowcharts help. Unless you're Karen Armstrong, in which case you can just put out your Vook and be done with it. Or you can always just get (or be!) a ghostwriter.

Well, my link hopper has run dry (I swear, there just wasn't much out there that didn't deal with Canadian sexual harassment). See you guys next week, besos all around.


  1. Hi Eric!

    I love your page! It's neat, organized, and helpful. How did you design your title page. I'm not sure there are any fonts on Blogger that do that....then again, they have been adding a lot so, I could be wrong.

    I'm in the group Goodreads, which is how I found your page. My name there is Joanna, and my icon is a coffee cup.

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to do more fixing on my blog.

  2. Haha, Vegetarian vampire! Glad he doesn't suck animal blood. That would be so un-PC.

  3. Oops, I was talking about the "secret foodie message." For those who haven't read it, do.

  4. So. much. Twilight!

    I'm a bit enamored with the Moleskine Kindle cover now. I want to get one, and I don't even have a Kindle yet.