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October 21, 2010 | Written by admin
Random thoughts on proposals and writing as we end the week…
I am teaching a one-day workshop in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday, November 6, at the Sierra Hotel near Short Pump. If you're in the area, I'd love to have you participate. All the details can be found here: http://www.regonline.com/the_perfect_proposal
My friend and fellow agent Noah Lukeman has some great advice to share on how to write a strong query letter, and he's giving it away as a FREE downloadable book. Check it out at: www.writeagreatquery.com
Several folks have written to ask if there is a book-marketing site I like. There is — check out what Rob Eager does at http://www.startawildfire.com/
I've had at least a dozen people write to ask what's going on with the various lawsuits among the guys who created the novel The Shack. Frankly, it's a mess. One guy is suing his partners for not sharing the money equitably. They are in turn suing him and claiming they helped write the book. And the publisher is even being sued (though it sounds like all they did was stick the earned royalties into a suspense account until the various other lawsuits could be resolved). It's ugly… and it's coming from people who bragged about how they didn't need an agent because they were all such good friends. Ugh. You can read about it here: http://www.christianretailing.com/index.php/newsletter/latest-etailing/21824-legal-showdown-over-the-shack
There's something new coming up on the market — "Kindle Singles," a new idea from the folks at Amazon to create and sell e-books under 30,000 words (a size that is almost impossible to sell to a regular royalty-paying publisher). With the advent of e-readers and book-reader phone aps, there's a renewed interest in shorter reading projects. I don't know if this is going to be a trend or not, but it's certainly an interesting idea. Give a look at:
By the way, Publishers Weekly reported that e-book sales were up 172% in the month of August. Wow. Now that's what I call a trend.
And Barnes & Noble is getting into the world of self-publishing — making e-books available for authors who want to sell through the B&N.com website to all those Nook users (and I think the Nook is fabulous — I like it better than the Kindle, in fact). There are mixed feelings about this sort of thing — it means the retailer is now in direct competition with their suppliers (the publishers), but it also seems like a good deal and something a bit different from the self-publishing program at Amazon. If you're interested, the details are here:
Finally, I'm sure you've been waiting to see a new shot of the cutest new baby on the planet — here she is, dressed as Tinkerbelle and flying into my arms: