- BoingBoing points out an essay by Teresa Nielsen Hayden, an editor at Tor Books, that reminds us “falling out of print is a book’s natural fate” and that what we consider eternal classics can also be seen as “gross statistical anomalies.”
- Speaking of the natural half-life of literature, Jeffrey Trachtenberg (WSJ) wonders if there’s still some juice left in The Da Vinci Code: “Can a three-year-old best seller that has already been endlessly milked for profits yield one more windfall for the industry?” The short answer: Everybody certainly seems to think so.
- Certainly Putnam’s hoping there’s some life left in the “plucky social scientist stumbles onto an ancient conspiracy” genre, having just brought out Kate Mosse’s Labyrinth. Having won a spot on Richard & Judy, the novel’s British future is secured, but will Americans embrace the tale of an archaelogist who gets mixed up in a plot that goes back to the medieval purge of the Cathars? (And for all you people protesting that an archaeologist isn’t a social scientist, you can just shush now, thanks, or I’ll point out that Harvard doesn’t even have a “symbology” department—take that, Dan Brown!) Anyway, the sprawling adventure yarn is quite a change of pace for Mosse, who’s better known as the host of the Readers’ and Writers’ Roadshow radio programme (as they call ‘em on BBC4) and as the co-founder of the Orange Prize, a prominent award for English-language fiction by women writers like Andrea Levy and Lionel Shriver
Independent Literary Agency in New York is looking for a Assistant to Literary Agent. next job Quarto Publishing Group USA is looking for a Acquiring Editor. next job Palgrave Macmillan is looking for a Editor. next job Wildcat International/ The Oil & Gas Year is looking for a International Country Editor. next job Oxford University Press is looking for a Project Manager. next job Trunk Archive is looking for a Rights & Permissions Manager. next job Penguin Group (USA) is looking for a Marketing Manager – Gotham/Avery. next job Random House U.S.A is looking for a Senior Publicist, Random House Children_s Books. next job Macmillan Children's Publishing Group is looking for a Production Editor. next job Random House U.S.A is looking for a eBook Specialist. see all
Starting September 4,work with a literary agent to complete a full proposal that wins an agent and a contract! Ryan Harbage from The Fischer-Harbage Agency, Inc. will teach you how to convey your idea in a winning book proposal format, write your proposal letter, understand the nuts and bolts of the nonfiction book industry, and more. Register now!