almost a copy

More clarification about how book packaging works in the world of teen fiction, by the Harvard Independent here and Lizzie Skurnick here. In other news, I have a reading to prepare for — the graduating students in my writing program are doing a practice reading tomorrow night (at Club DeVille on Red River, 7:30 p.m.,…

quick links

Kaavya Viswanathan’s book is being withdrawn. I wonder what her first attempt at a novel was like — the Lovely Bones-style manuscript that was judged too dark to be saleable. I keep thinking about that, especially as I read about Alloy Entertainment and the process of “packaging” that Opal Mehta went through. Now Viswanathan’s been…

eastside Sunday morning

Drive slow Originally uploaded by Katharine B. This morning I slept in a little and then went to CafĂ© Mundi, our favorite eastside coffeeshop, only a short bike ride away. I ate a Belgian waffle with fruit and whipped cream and scuffled with the Much Ado About Nothing story, which has been extremely recalcitrant. I…

Texas moment

Yesterday I attended an interdisciplinary symposium on the topic of “animal humanities.” A friend helped to organize the symposium, and had invited me to the lunch with the presenters and other graduate students. There had been some difficulty organizing a vegetarian lunch, apparently; the catering services in the student union building tend more toward barbecue.…

The breakdown

Tor editor Anna Genoese explains how profit and liability analyses work, using the example of a mass market paperback original that fails to earn out the author’s advance. (This post might equally well be titled “Why accepting a massive advance for a first novel is not such a great idea.”) Ms. Genoese’s continuing series of…