Saturday, June 20, 2009

New York Times Book Review Awfully Thin Lately

Has anyone else noticed how thin the New York Times Book Review has become? It still seems to have a lot of ads, but many less reviews. And it's not even dead of summer yet, when all the journalists go to Cape Cod. That worries me.

While we're on the subject, I would love someone to start a credible stand-alone book review for commercial fiction and nonfiction. You know, a book review for books we actually read, and not ones we want to pretend we're reading as cocktail party conversation. And not genre centric. I want to know what (and why) everyone's reading what they're reading.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sandy Lu Looking for Romantic Suspense

Sandy Lu, one of my associate agents here, has announced that she is earnestly looking for romantic suspense, so send her your stuff. Tell your friends.

Sandy at lperkinsagency dot com.

And RWA Reponds to Deidre Knight's Call for Epub Inclusion

It looks like this war of words is destined to go on and on for the immediate future, which is too bad.

Traditional publishing is failing all around us (with many good sized publishers declaring bankruptcy or just taking a moratorium on buying new books), and RWA dances on.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Agent/Author Deidre Knight Takes on the RWA Stance against ePubs

In case you've been hibernating (or don't pay any attention to the romance market), the Romance Writers of America (RWA) came out against epublishers in its June membership newsletter, stating that they would not recognize any publisher that failed to pay a universal advance of $1000 per title and that they would decline to have an epublishing presentation at the annual RWA convention in Washington D.C. this year. They felt it was not in the interest of their membership, who should be striving toward print publishing.

Those of us who see epub as the new mass market and the future of publishing have been frustrated beyond belief with this archaic, elitist stance, but Deidre Knight, one of the insiders to publishing and writing in epub laid it all out for RWA in this timely and necessary treatise. Rather than summarize, I hope you'll go to the ink and read for yourself.

I couldn't have said it better.

Let's hope this makes the right people step back and think.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Vampires Live Forever!

There's an interesting piece over at B&N on the staying power of vampire fiction, I Vant to Suck Your Blood

It always fascinates me that the writers in SF & F (and sometimes horror) seem to have such disdain for vampire fiction (if they're not writing it themselves).

As you know, I love a good vampire novel (I've sold at least 200, and bought another 25 at RR). I believe you can never be too rich or too thin, or have too many vampire novels.

I'm reading the manuscript of WOMEN OF THE BITE edited by Cecilia Tan right now, and it just amazes me how fluid (pardon the pun there) the vampire mythos is.