Friday, October 31, 2008

R.I.P. Studs Terkel

Radio host and Pulitzer Prize winner Studs Terkel died today. He was 96 years old.

Hypothetical Rejection

Dear Aspiring Writer,

Thanks for sending me your query. A book about the Holy Spirit communicating with you sounds fascinating - right up my alley. You're completely right about me not being courageous enough to represent it.

Except that I don't represent books with religious themes. Oh, and I also don't represent crazy people.

Sincerely,
Lyons Literary LLC

PS Best wishes for success!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Google Settles Over Book Scanning

I still haven't read all the details, but it seems that the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers have reached a settlement with Google regarding the scanning of books still under copyright protection by Google.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Client News

Congratulations to David Oppegaard, who received a starred Publishers Weekly review for The Suicide Collectors. "Eloquent prose and haunting characters lift Oppegaard's astonishing debut..."

Kelly Meding is guest blogging at The League of Reluctant Adults.

Lorraine Bodger will appear live on the Martha Stewart Living satellite radio show November 10th to chat about her book Cook up a Cookbook. If you missed Lorrie on the Faith Middleton Show two weeks ago, you can now hear it online.

Mac Montandon will be doing readings throughout Oregon and California starting November 9th.

Monday, October 27, 2008

RIP Tony Hillerman

Tony Hillerman passed away on Sunday. Hillerman introduced millions of readers to a culture that has been long ignored while keeping us captivated with wonderful mysteries. He will be missed.

Happy Launch Day

I'm pleased to announce the release today of Mac Montandon's Jetpack Dreams: One Man's Up and Down (but Mostly Down) Search for the Greatest Invention That Never Was.

“A breezy niche history of a staple of pulp adventures…An amusing collection of stories about individuals of varying degrees of eccentricity who are devoting much of their lives and personal fortunes to a near-impossible dream.” - Kirkus Reviews.

“Montandon’s entertaining adventures highlight a strange footnote of the space age.” - Booklist.

“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.” - A.J. Jacobs, author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Lving Biblically.

Sunday, October 26, 2008