This edition of Right Now is especially for writers. Here is your list o’ links:
The Class of 2k9 has been posting interviews with their editors over on the 2k9 blog. Find out what makes editors from Viking, Henry Holt, and Katherine Tegen Books (an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s) say “Wow! This is a book I really need to acquire.”
Also, check out this roundtable discussion from Poets & Writers with four editors on what makes them fall in love with a book and what beginning writers are doing wrong.
If you’re trying to figure out if you should spend your advance money on promo items like postcards and bookmarks, you might want to check out what booksellers have to say about what works and what gets ignored by their customers.
How popular is your writing website? Enter your link at this page on Marketleap to find out for free.
Young adult novels just might save the science fiction and fantasy genre, so says Charlie Jane Anders at io9.com. Apparently, young adult science fiction/fantasy bestsellers have been selling twice as well as adult bestsellers in the same genre, a fact that has enticed a lot of people to try their hand at penning the next Uglies or Twilight, including Heroes creator Tim Kring.
Blogger, writer, and book reviewer April Henry has some tips on how to get your book noticed by newspapers, including what kind of note from a publicist makes her move a book to the top of her “to be reviewed” stack.
And if you need a dose of humor to off-set your creative angst, check out these jokes about how many publishing professionals it takes to screw in a light bulb. My favorite: Q. How many editors does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A. Only one; but first they have to rewire the entire building.
Parker Peevyhouse never turns down a free bookmark