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Book of the Month – August 2011

by Steve Laube

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs (published by Oxford in June 2011) is this month’s “Book of the Month.” I recommend you pick up a copy and enjoy the experience for yourself.

It seems a little odd to read a book about reading. But for those of us who are in the “business” of creating books it is always interesting to read a wise person’s take on the very lifeblood of our profession.

Many people say they no longer read and yet ironically they are always “reading” their texts, emails, blogs or favorite social network hub. They are not necessarily reading books which means they are truly missing out on the experiences of a lifetime. Alan Jacobs, a professor of English at Wheaton College offers some simple, powerful, and much needed advice:

read at whim,

read what gives you delight,

and do so without shame.

He advocates an exhilarating freedom to read whatever strikes you as interesting. I am a very eclectic reader, always have been. I read dozens of thrillers and science fiction each year, but I also read theology, history, deeper-life spirituality, sports, leadership, culture, commentaries, business, investing, etc. And that is what I do at home. Someone asked me what I did for work. I answered, “I read.” Then they asked what I did for fun. As a smile quickly spread over my face I declared, “I read.”

So for fun, read Jacobs’ book this month. It will delight you, challenge you, and hopefully give you hope for a lifetime of joyful discovery.

As a bonus I found the below video of Alan Jacobs speaking on the topic of this book. The video lasts an hour.

 

 

 

 

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Bon Voyage — or A New Adventure?

On Monday, Barbour Publishing informed the industry that they will be discontinuing their Heartsong Presents imprint. After 18 years and 1,000 titles, it will end its run in December 2011. Publishing has always been fluid. Steve Laube says that it is important to stay flexible because “A publisher can dramatically change directions after a meeting on Tuesday.”

I never thought Heartsong Presents, a line for which I proudly wrote, would collapse. Ever. But their line isn’t the first. Remember, for instance, Palisades? Or Alabaster? Both of those romance imprints were published by Multnomah but abruptly disappeared. Or the Three Rivers imprint or the Jan Dennis imprint at Thomas Nelson (both of which ended on the same day in the 80s). Many times a writer has been waylaid as these situations changed for them, sometimes in mid-contract.

If you are an author whose line has been discontinued, you must summon the courage to take the next step. This is where your agent can be invaluable. 

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The Wrong Point-of-View

Last week we identified Point-of-View (POV). This week, let’s consider some common POV misteps.

What’s My Line?: When POV/voice doesn’t fit the character.

Here’s an example. The POV character is male and a construction worker. So is the following appropriate for his POV?

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News You Can Use

The Publishers Who Lost the Most When Border’s Closed – The next time you criticize “traditional publishers” for their seemingly high prices and slow adoption of new technology, remember this list. Penguin/Putnam lost $41 million when Borders went bankrupt. Ouch.

Twenty-five Rejection Proof Markets – A clever article by James Watkins. I like #24. Proof that I can remain rejection free.

Author A.L. Kennedy on Book Tours – Interesting perspective from the UK.

A Library is a Wonderful Thing – Read these fun letters celebrating the opening of a new library.

What makes a Platform? – In case you missed it, recently Mike Hyatt wrote this great article about the benefits of building a platform.

20 Most Awe Inspiring Writer’s Rooms – Do you have one to rival these? (By the way, #15 would drive me crazy.)

 

 

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