The publishing story of the week (if not the month) was the outing of J.K. Rowling as the author of a mystery novel The Cuckoo's Calling, published under the name Robert Galbraith. When I first caught wind of it, I clocked the book with an Amazon rating just higher than #30,000. When I looked again the next morning, the book was sitting firmly at #1.
The book had sold only 1,500 copies in England prior to its being outed. Now they're printing 300,000.
The big reveal also managed to happen just after Thrillerfest 2013, which set an attendance record in its eighth year, at 1000. Anne Rice, Matthew Quirk and Steve Berry won awards, among others.
Summer is a big season for publishing conferences. Romance Writers of America is having their big get together in Atlanta as we speak. This conference pulls in over 2000 writers, publishers and agents, where the RITA awards are announced.