This week in publishing has had both uplifting and sad moments, and the head-on meeting of the old and the new.
Congratulations to our three newest success stories, GK Parker, H.M. Ward, and James Pray. Read and be encouraged!
QueryTracker has added profiles for two new agents (Lora Rivera of the Claire Gerus agency and Michael Carr of the Veritas Literary Agency.) Also, six agents' profiles have been updated, so double-check before querying that your future agent is currently open to queries.
Around the blogosphere:
An author talks about the detrimental effect of illegal downloads on her career:
Rachelle Gardner discusses whether it takes a village to raise a book and what happens when publishing dreams become a nightmare.
Nathan Bransford takes on what may be the biggest hurdle for literary agents of the future: standardization of terms.
In Publishing News:
Borders Books continues having difficulty, announcing it will close its LaVergne center in July. You might want to use any gift cards sooner rather than later.
Both the Caldecott and Newbery awards went this week to debut novels! Congratulations to all the winners!
In sad news, Editor Ruth Cavin dies at age 92. May perpetual light shine upon her.
Literary Quote of the Week:
The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order. -Jean Cocteau
Until next week, keep those queries flying!
Jane Lebak is the author of The Guardian (Thomas Nelson, 1994), Seven Archangels: Annihilation (Double-Edged Publishing, 2008) and The Boys Upstairs (new from MuseItUp). At Seven Angels, Four Kids, One Family, she blogs about what happens when a distracted daydreamer and a gamer geek attempt to raise four children. She is represented by the inimitable Roseanne Wells of the Marianne Strong Literary Agency.