Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tales from the Legal World

The libel lawsuit against John Grisham and his book The Innocent Man was dismissed yesterday. In his book Grisham described the wrongful convictions of two men for the murder and their exoneration using DNA evidence twelve years later.

The plaintiffs were Melvin Hett, a state criminologist, Pontotoc County District Attorney Bill Peterson and Gary Rogers, a former agent for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. They originally filed suit in September 2007 against Grisham and others, claiming libel, generating publicity for self interest by placing them in a false light, and intentionally inflicting emotional distress.

In dismissing the case, the judge wrote that to avoid the same mistakes in the future it is important that the legal system and "the wrongful convictions...be discussed openly and with great vigor."

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Publishing Imprints Explained

Sarah Weinman recently finished a multi-part series about publishers and their imprints. She's done a truly amazing job breaking down what is an extremely confusing world.

Part I - Macmillan
Part II - Simon & Schuster
Part III - Hachette
Part IV - HarperCollins
Part V - Penguin Group
Part VI - Random House

It's an agent's job to keep track of each publisher and their imprints, their editors, and who's buying what and for how much. We also have to consider the internal politics, the success or failure of other books on a publisher's list, and more. It can be pretty mind-numbing.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Alleged Death of Book Publishing (Again)

Here's another article predicting the end of the book business, pointing out the same problems in the industry that many others have already done so before.

Today's Publishers Lunch summarized the article accurately with this tidbit. "It's changing times in the book business for sure, but NY Magazine applies the cliched journalistic formula to make that into End Times."

Jetpack Dreams

Congratulations to Mac Montandon, who received superb reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly today for his new book Jetpack Dreams.

"This snappily written, often funny book should attract dreamers of both sexes and all ages."
- PW.

RIP David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace was found dead in his California home over the weekend. The 46 year-old Wallace apparently committed suicide.