Book survey and other writing links.


I’m reposting this because it didn’t cross post. Sorry

Here’s a bunch of links for books and writing. For starters: NPR is conducting an online survey about how they can improve their book coverage.. If you’re a listener, please do fill this out to let them know what you want.

Personally, I suggested they set aside a segment on weekend mornings for genre fiction, and have an expert in different genres (romance, mystery, sf, etc) rotate through to discuss the latest trends, awards, and best-sellers. I also reminded them that many of their readers are big nerds, and they should take notice of that.

Doing NaNoWriMo? Gosh, if only someone would write an article of writing advice for you! And if only someone else say, Laura Miller at Salon, would express some kind of disapproval of the way it’s run. Because then someone else could jump in with a misguided but completely understandable misreading of Miller’s article. And after that, Miller could write the clarification in the way she should have written the original article.

Skip Miller’s original article and jump right to the response, I say. She makes a fine point. [Update: stupid LATimes website won’t let me link directly to Laura Millers response in the comments of the Book Jacket post. You can skim through and find it at November 03, 2010 at 02:41 PM, though.]

Next, I’ll bet you thought the ebook pricing debate had already been found dead in its stable, but the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers wants to take the whip to it all the same. He’s convinced me, but I’m not a Kindle person.

What does Jim Butcher read? Watch the video to the end to find out. Also: spoilers for his latest book, CHANGES, in that interview. (For those who don’t want to watch the video, he mentions me as an author to watch for.)

And finally, Nick Mamatas points to an editor who snatched content off the web and published it without permission in her magazine. When the writer contacted the magazine about it, the editor replied with the most amazing email fail ever. Really, it has to be seen to be believed.

This one is spreading around blogs and Twitter like a wildfire, and the magazine’s Facebook page is currently being barraged by outraged comments. Awesome.