Friday, October 3, 2008

And the Winners Are...

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the Trivia Contest, I hope you enjoyed it!

I received 94 entries overall, and almost everyone got at least 25 questions right. Surprisingly though, no one got all 35 correct (including two agents and three editors who wrote in for fun).

So without further ado, here are the winners...

With 34 correct answers, first place goes to Tanya Egan Gibson! Tanya's first book is coming out this May from Dutton, make sure to get a copy when it's released!

In second place is Kendra, with 33 correct!

In third place is one of my favorite bloggers, Maya Reynolds! Maya also got 33 correct, but sent in her answers three hours after Kendra. Maya - I'm assuming you'll want a copy of one of my client's books, just drop me a line and let me know which one!

Congrats to each of you, and thanks again to everyone for participating!

Trivia Contest Answers 21-35

21. Who hit Norman Mailer on the head with a hammer in a fight?

Rip Torn

22. What song was parodied in the famous copyright law case Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.?


"Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison


23. Which book begins with the following line: “The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.”


A Secret History by Donna Tartt


24. How many total television shows or series are currently on HBO, Showtime, CBS, NBC, CW, FOX, and/or ABC that are adapted from books? Please do not include reruns, miniseries that have completed their run and are now available on demand, canceled shows, etc. Also, do not include shows that led to book spin-offs (for example, Heroes). Next, any new show that has not premiered can’t be included. Finally, this question only applies to shows that new episodes air during prime time (i.e. 8-11pm EST).


8, though I'm also accepting 7 or 9. All I'm looking for is a number, so if you said the right amount but then listed shows that were wrong I'll still count it as right.


Gossip Girl, Dexter, Privileged, Friday Night Lights, True Blood, Lipstick Jungle, and The Unit. Smallville is adapted on the Superman comic books, but if you didn't include this in your count I won't count it against you. Bones is only loosely based on the works of Kathy Reichs though I'll count it.


Secret Diary of a Call Girl is based on a blog. Crusoe and In Harm's Way haven't premiered yet. Army Wives appears on Lifetime. Ghost Whisperer is based on the life of Mary Ann Winkowski and not her books.


I know this question was brutal, but I wanted to add something that couldn't be answered with a simple google search.

25. What is the industry standard literary agency commission for domestic sales and foreign sales?

15% for domestic sales and 20% for foreign sales


26. What type of books did Da Capo Press publish when it was first founded?


music books


27. When did Knopf become a part of Random House?


1960


28. Which agent represents Mike Lupica, Leigh Montville, Thomas Friedman, and Steve Martin?


Esther Newberg at International Creative Management


29. Which editor threatened to resign if his employers did not agree to publish The Fountainhead?

Archibald Ogden

30. At the National Book Awards, which author said the following to industry professionals who take pride in having not read writers like Grisham, Clancy and other popular writers: “Do you think you get social academic brownie points for deliberately staying out of touch with your own culture?”


Stephen King


31. What was the major issue in the landmark copyright case New York Times Co. v. Tasini? Please be brief (a few words is enough).

Who owns the copyright of the content of a newspaper database.

32. How much did Harlan Coben’s first novel sell for?

According to this great article, Coben received an advance of $2,000. However, if you want to be literal, I guess it also sold at $19.95, the original cover price.

33. List 3 examples of authors who have children who are also authors and 3 examples of husband-wife writing pairs.

There are tons, but here are a few of the big ones. Parent/Child: Stephen King & Joe Hill, Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark, and James Lee Burke and Alafair Burke. Husband/Wife: Jonathan Kellerman and Faye Kellerman, Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman, Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss.

34. Name one country that at one time banned Black Beauty.


South Africa.


35. What is the fee for registering your copyright electronically with the U.S. Copyright Office?

$35.

Trivia Contest Answers 11-20

Here are the answers for questions 11 through 20.

11. What was the first book ever printed in English?

The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye. The Dictes and Sayengis of the Phylosophers was printed four years later, despite what you may have read.

12. What are the benefits of registering your copyright within three months of your book's publication?

Copyright owners can recover statutory damages and attorney fees in an infringement suit.

13. What are considered industry standard hardcover royalties for regular trade books in the publishing industry?

10% of the list price for the first 5,000 copies sold, 12.5% for the next 5,000 copies sold, and 15% thereafter. Some people answered 10-15%, but that's not enough information for me to count it as right.

14. Who is J.K. Rowling’s primary literary agent?

Christopher Little

15. What is the difference between “its” and “it’s”?

"Its" is a possessive pronoun meaning belonging to it. "It's" is a contraction of "it is" or "it has". Or an apostrophe, if you want to be a smart ass.

16. What is the last thing that is said “good night” to in Goodnight Moon?

Noises everywhere.

17. What planet is Takeshi Kovacs from?

In Richard Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs novels, the Kovacs is from Harlan's World.

18. Which real political figure is Willie Stark loosely based on?

In All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren based Willie Stark loosely on Huey Long, the colorful Louisiana governor and U.S. Senator in the 1920's and 30's.

19. What book ends with the following line: “Very few castaways can claim to have survived so long at sea as Mr. Patel, and none in the company of an adult Bengal tiger."

Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Another one of my favorite books.

20. What disease does Lionel Essrog have?

Essrog, the protagonist in Jonathan Lethem's fantastic Gun, With Occasional Music, suffers from Tourette's Syndrome.

Trivia Contest Answers 1-10

I'm going to announce the winners later today, but here are the answers to the first ten questions from the Trivia Contest, with the rest to follow:

1. Which book begins with the following line: “Theodore is in the ground.”

The Alienist by Caleb Carr. One of my favorite books of all time.

2. Name three national or international awards that Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union won (not just nominated for).

He won four - the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Sidewise.


3. Who was the literary agent that represented S.E. Hinton, Robert Cormier, and Clement Hurd?

Marilyn Marlow

4. Which famous Scribner editor worked with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe?

Maxwell Perkins




5. How many championships have the San Antonio Spurs won?

Four... and counting.

6. How long is the term of copyright in the United States for books created after 1978 (and not a work for hire)?

Life of the author plus seventy years

7. What are the colors of the three vampire courts in the Dresden Files book series and how are they different from each other?

White - Born in human state but then become vampires when they mature. They feed off emotions. Red - Bat-like creatures with a human mask. They are created and feed off blood.Black - Traditionally imagined vampires (i.e. reanimated corpses) that are also created and feed off blood.

There are other ways in which the courts are different too. As long as you provided one example of how they are distinguishable then I counted the question as correct.

8. What is the name for a fear of long words?

hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia or sesquipedalophobia. I accepted both answers.



9. Who is the current president of the Association of Authors' Representatives?

Gail Hochman

10. Which editor found The Diary of Anne Frank in a rejection pile while working as an assistant in France?

Judith Jones

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Who Said Publishing Wasn't Lucrative

Here's a list from Forbes that estimates the income of the 10 best paid authors in the world.

Boba Fett and Buck Rogers Beware

Mac Montandon has a new book trailer up in advance of the publication of his book Jetpack Dreams: One Man's Up and Down (But Mostly Down) Search for the Greatest Invention That Never Was.

A.J. Jacobs, author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically, had this to say about the book: "Reading this book is as fun as zooming through the sky with a rocket on your back. And better yet, you won't break your collarbone doing it."

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Trivia Contest

And it begins! Remember to email me your answers at info@lyonsliterary.com.

1. Which book begins with the following line: “Theodore is in the ground.”

2. Name three national or international awards that Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union won (not just nominated for).

3. Who was the literary agent that represented S.E. Hinton, Robert Cormier, and Clement Hurd?

4. Which famous Scribner editor worked with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe?

5. How many championships have the San Antonio Spurs won?

6. How long is the term of copyright in the United States for books created after 1978 (and not a work for hire)?

7. What are the colors of the three vampire courts in the Dresden Files book series and how are they different from each other?

8. What is the name for a fear of long words?

9. Who is the current president of the Association of Authors' Representatives?

10. Which editor found The Diary of Anne Frank in a rejection pile while working as an assistant in France?

11. What was the first book ever printed in English?

12. What are the benefits of registering your copyright within three months of your book's publication?


13. What are considered industry standard hardcover royalties for regular trade books in the publishing industry?

14. Who is J.K. Rowling’s primary literary agent?

15. What is the difference between “its” and “it’s”?

16. What is the last thing that is said “good night” to in Goodnight Moon?

17. What planet is Takeshi Kovacs from?

18. Which real political figure is Willie Stark loosely based on?

19. What book ends with the following line: “Very few castaways can claim to have survived so long at sea as Mr. Patel, and none in the company of an adult Bengal tiger."

20. What disease does Lionel Essrog have?

21. Who hit Norman Mailer on the head with a hammer in a fight?


22. What song was parodied in the famous copyright law case Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.?


23. Which book begins with the following line: “The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.”

24. How many total television shows or series are currently on HBO, Showtime, CBS, NBC, CW, FOX, and/or ABC that are adapted from books? Please do not include reruns, miniseries that have completed their run and are now available on demand, canceled shows, etc. Also, do not include shows that led to book spin-offs (for example, Heroes). Next, any new show that has not premiered can’t be included. Finally, this question only applies to shows that new episodes air during prime time (i.e. 8-11pm EST).

25. What is the industry standard literary agency commission for domestic sales and foreign sales?

26. What type of books did Da Capo Press publish when it was first founded?

27. When did Knopf become a part of Random House?


28. Which agent represents Mike Lupica, Leigh Montville, Thomas Friedman, and Steve Martin?


29. Which editor threatened to resign if his employers did not agree to publish The Fountainhead?

30. At the National Book Awards, which author said the following to industry professionals who take pride in having not read writers like Grisham, Clancy and other popular writers: “Do you think you get social academic brownie points for deliberately staying out of touch with your own culture?”


31. What was the major issue in the landmark copyright case New York Times Co. v. Tasini? Please be brief (a few words is enough).


32. How much did Harlan Coben’s first novel sell for?


33. List 3 examples of authors who have children who are also authors and 3 examples of husband-wife writing pairs.

34. Name one country that at one time banned Black Beauty.

35. What is the fee for registering your copyright electronically with the U.S. Copyright Office?

Happy Launch Day

I'm pleased to announce the release (yesterday) Of Lorraine Bodger's Cook Up A Cookbook: Create Your Own Recipe From Scratch. One of Potter Style's lead titles for the season, this book provides you with tools to help organize, personalize and preserve your own recipes for your posterity.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Trivia Contest Rules

Congrats to James C. for being the first person to answer correctly the two teaser questions from yesterday. The AAR Code of Ethics contains eight rules/sections, and nine Philip K. Dick books or stories have been made into movies and released.

OK, moving on to the Trivia Contest rules: 
  • The questions will be posted at 12:00pm (EST). 
  • Please email me with your answers at info@lyonsliterary.com. Do not post your answers as comments. 
  • Make sure to provide me with a name and working email so I can get back to you in case you win.
  • You can post comments or questions about the contest that do not reveal any answers.
  • There are no extra points for the inclusion of excessive information. 
  • Agents, editors, and other industry professionals are not eligible to win, though they may answer if they like.
  • There will be three winners. Winners are chosen based on amount of questions answered correctly and how quickly you respond. 
  • Questions might have more than one right answer. Provide the answer that you think is best.
  • I will measure how quickly you respond based upon when I receive your email, and not when you send it.
  • Winners can choose one of the three prizes: a query critique and evaluation of your first five pages, an evaluation of your first thirty pages, or a free book from one of my clients (options will be given).
  • I will announce the winners on Friday, October 3rd.
If you haven't noticed yet from the teasers, thematically most of the questions will be about publishing, with a few random exceptions.

OK, let me know if you have any questions. Otherwise, good luck!

Banned Books Week

This week is Banned Books Week, an event founded in 1982 by the American Library Association.  The basic idea behind this is to remind us not to take for granted the freedom to read. 

The ALA put together a list of the most frequently challenged books of 2007, listed here. Also, here's a list of the most frequently challenged books from 1990 to 2000

It gives me great honor to say that I've had the opportunity to work at agencies and at times help represent the rights to a number of these books and authors, including: 

Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz
The Chocolate War and Fade by Robert Cormier
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
Terrorist by Caroline Cooney

Monday, September 29, 2008

A Few More Teasers

Specific rules will be posted tomorrow, but here are a few more teaser questions in anticipation of the Trivia Contest this Wednesday, October 1st. Again, please email me directly at info@lyonsliterary.com with the answers.

1) How many rules/sections are there in the Association of Authors' Representatives' Canon of Ethics?

2) How many movies have been made and released that were adapted from books or stories written by Philip K. Dick? I'm not talking about movies that stole from him or films loosely based on his work - I mean adapted and credited properly.