Friday, September 5, 2008

True Blood

My plans for the weekend? Catch up on some sleep and reading, and also watch True Blood, which premieres Sunday night on HBO. For those of you who don't know, this is a new series based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries books by Charlaine Harris (Dead Until Dark, Dead as a Doornail, etc.).

I haven't seen it yet, but I'm hoping it's good and catches on with the public. Speaking from both a professional and personal point of view, there just aren't enough good paranormal television shows out there.

June Book Sales

In June, the AAP reports that sales rose 1.6% to $753.6 million (as compared to last June). Sales for the year were down 0.2%. Here are a few specific categories:

E-books were up 87.4% to $4.9 million
Children's/YA hardcover rose 18.2% to $48.8 million
Children's/YA paperback were up 17.9% to $45.6 million
Adult hardcover were up 12.2% to $118.7 million
Professional and scholarly fell 11.3% to $62.2 million
Religious books fell 12.9% to $32.6 million

Why You Need An Agent

Of course, I'm an agent, so I'm a bit biased, but here are some arguments from Moonrat (an editor) about why you need an agent.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Book Roast

I've been meaning to link to Book Roast for a while now. Check it out for a dose of interviews and humor.

When Did Andy Roddick Get so Funny

Andy Roddick was interviewed Tuesday night following his quarterfinal win in the US Open. A reporter asked about the physical condition of his next opponent, Novak Djokovic, and went on to explain that Djokovic injured his right ankle in his last match. Djokovic has a reputation of being a bit dramatic, and so Roddick interrupted, which led to the following conversation:

Roddick: Isn't it both of them? And a back and a hip?

Reporter: And when he said there were too many to count...

Roddick: And a cramp.

Reporter: Do you get the sense right now that...

Roddick: Bird flu.

Reporter: A lot of things. Beijing hangover.

Roddick: Yeah.

Reporter: He's got a pretty long list of illness.

Roddick: Anthrax. SARS. Common cough and cold.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008