If you were busy this week and haven't come across any information about An Unconventional Blog Tour
organized by Kelly at Stacked,
make sure to check it out now. This is the biggest feature of the week, in our opinion. A lot of excellent advice from seasoned bloggers. Among other things, The Book Smugglers
talk about how to maintain your independence and integrity
while having a working relationship with publishers and writers. And Sarah from Clear Eyes, Full Shelves
encourages to find your blogging voice
instead of doing what everyone else does. Pub(lishing) Crawl
, as always, has some interesting insider info to offer. Last week they talked about book packaging as a way for young authors to get published
. (In case you have never heard of book packaging, it is a process of writing books, when a firm comes up with an idea, plot outline, even marketing campaign for a book and then hires a writer to produce the requested product).
Although the author of this post says that book packaging is not so secret any more, you rarely hear authors admitting the fact that their books were pretty much plotted for them, at least you don't hear them admitting it as easily as James Patterson does, who puts his name without reservation next to his ghostwriters' names on the dozens of books he produces each year. You hardly ever hear Lauren Kate mention that Fallen was developed with the help of a packaging agency Tinderbox.
Or, it is news to us that Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes
is a product of book packaging. In any case, book packaging is a fascinating topic to research. Articles about it are often laced with controversy. You probably remember James Frey and his fiction factory
that produced I Am Number Four
. This article
is a funny account of one unsuccessful attempt to become a writer of a packaged book. And this story
is dedicated to Lauren Oliver's own book packaging agency. It is especially interesting that packaged YA books are almost universally well advertised and well sold, and almost as universally poorly written. A post in Guardian titled Terrifying French Children's Books
has a potential to be interesting, but if you read the comments, it is quite clear that the author of the post both has little comprehension of French language and misrepresents the books' plots. Kinda like a kids' version of that WSJ article decrying darkness of YA
, written with no knowledge of the subject whatsoever?
After reading these posts by Steph Su
addressed to self-published authors who try to promote their works by pitching them via emails to various bloggers, we couldn't resist pointing out that there are no bloggers named Jatiana and Hannery writing for The Readventurer
And, in conclusion, here is a link to the Armchair Audies 2012 Audie Awards Ballot
, where our proud participation and prediction is recorded
. Have a great weekend!