Today’s links of interest:
- Random House’s Backlist E-Book Deal With Literary Agent Andrew Wylie Leaves Much Unanswered
Trying not to make it all Wylie, all the time, but much analysis and conjecture. Sarah Weinman does a nice job of the former. One unanswered (but asked) question: what did Random House pay to acquire these rights? No, we won’t get an answer.
- Women Are Not Marshmallow Peeps, And Other Reasons There’s No ‘Chick Lit’
Nice piece on pundits’ tendency to dismiss legitimate critiques of the Jonathan Franzen coverage by belittling those make the commentary. While not exclusively a male approach, it’s often men who engage in the diminishing of women’s work.
- The RH/Wylie Showdown Ends, New Digital Royalty Rate Is Born
Technically, a new rate has not been born. The rates being tossed around in today’s press coverage of the end of a very short saga are very much in line with the rates we’ve heard other agents have gotten for backlist titles. And backlist is interesting, but it’s frontlist where the real battles — and precedents — are taking place.