Articles from May 2005

AgentSpeak: The Complete Life of A Book

May 31st, 2005 · 2 Comments

When we last checked in with Joe Veltre, he’d struck out on his own. No wait, when we last checked in with Veltre, Diane Bartoli had joined him at the Artists Literary Group. Has it really been a year? We could check the archives, but why? Time is construct for people who aren’t like us. […]

File Under: Agents · Square Pegs

Da Vinci Code Hardback Death Watch: Day One

May 31st, 2005 · 3 Comments

We hope you’re sitting down. And not just because it’s not safe to compute and stand. The only thing worse is using a cell phone while reading blogs. So, seated? Comfy? Ready to have your mind blown? If that’s the case, probably you should hit another site. We’re tired after a long day of doing […]

File Under: Books/Mags/Blogs

Release The Shackles of Influence, Or Something Like That

May 31st, 2005 · Comments Off on Release The Shackles of Influence, Or Something Like That

Amy Hundley of Grove/Atlantic talks about what grabs her, editorially speaking, and what she’s looking for when she’s looking at your work. She also discusses the importance of voice, noting it’s important to write past your influences to discover your own style. And, of course, she addresses the age-old question of experience: I’d say it’s […]

File Under: Publishers and Editors

A Caution

May 31st, 2005 · 8 Comments

Over the weekend, we received word that a site out there is selling unauthorized versions of electronic books. Various authors have assured us that the bookseller has not entered into arrangements with their publishers to sell these titles (also, we did find it peculiar that the only electronic versions of the Harry Potter books and […]

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Against All Odds

May 31st, 2005 · Comments Off on Against All Odds

This morning, a very cheery MJ Rose tells us that, give or take, there are approximately 500 new titles being published each week. Let us make that more clear: 500 new books hit the shelves every week. No wonder we go to dinner parties and have no books in common with the person sitting next […]

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Harlequin Launches New Line, Authors Everywhere Polish Synopses

May 30th, 2005 · 11 Comments

We had a friend recently describe Harlequin’s recent efforts as something akin to lurching around in the dark. That [email protected]#$ light switch must be somewhere! While avoiding every bit of our helpful advice, the publisher continues to tinker with ideas and concepts, looking for something that resonates with today’s readers. We would suggest a bit […]

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Universal Truth Number Seven: Romantic Heroines Must Be Insipid. Also Klutzy. In a Cute Way.

May 30th, 2005 · Comments Off on Universal Truth Number Seven: Romantic Heroines Must Be Insipid. Also Klutzy. In a Cute Way.

A confession. We have a soft spot in our little black heart for romantic comedies. However, and this is important, even we were not sucker enough to see Miss Congeniality 2. Why? Because it was a foregone conclusion that the character played by Sandra Bullock would be like many of the other characters played by […]

File Under: Tools and Craft

We, Too, Are Committed To The Word

May 27th, 2005 · 4 Comments

Please pardon us while we work through our confusion. It centers on the definition of the word “word”. While we are too lazy to pull out the OED, we are not too lazy to consult with the fine folks at dictionary.com. They, oddly, have the same definition we have for the word: A sound or […]

File Under: Square Pegs

Try To Wear That On My Sleeve; It’s All Wrong

May 26th, 2005 · Comments Off on Try To Wear That On My Sleeve; It’s All Wrong

Hey, sometimes the song fits the mood. Also the song really does have a killer guitar riff. But that’s beside the point. The Happy Booker tagged us earlier today to let us know that she’s posted a fun article about love and critiquing. Not necessarily in that order. We’re not saying anything (much), but Kate […]

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Blogs & RSS & Flickr, Oh My

May 26th, 2005 · Comments Off on Blogs & RSS & Flickr, Oh My

There’s a pretty good chance that the person reading this post doesn’t realize they’re reading a blog. A blog is, after all, just a website. We’re hoping the person who chanced upon this item was looking for information about how they can make updating their website easier. Or how they can reach more people. Or […]

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