News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- The first chapter of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman was released on Friday morning. It’s printed in full at both The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian; you can read it on either site. The chapter has garnered mixed reactions (Publishers Weekly.)
- The 2015 Locus Awards for best science fiction and fantasy were announced on 6/27. Winners in the novel categories include Anne Leckie (science fiction), Katherine Addison (fantasy), and Joe Abercrombie (YA). You can see a full list of winners and finalists at io9.
- Authors Guild Slams ‘Inadequate’ E-book Royalty. Ebook royalties from traditional publishers are usually 25%, as opposed to the 50% (on average) earned on print books. (Publishers Weekly)
- Amazon charged with ‘Big Brother’ tactics over customer reviews. (The Guardian) Apparently, Amazon monitors social networks and removes/refuses reviews by people who “know” the author, and that policy is being challenged as unfair by a petition on Change.org. The Amazon policy troubles me as a blogger, since many of us follow and even interact with our favorite authors on multiple social media sites.
- New Texas textbooks de-emphasize slavery as the main issue in the Civil War. (Washington Post) Revisionist history, anyone?
- Google doodles increase an author’s popularity. (GalleyCat)
- You’re probably using the wrong dictionary. James Somers makes a strong case for the original Webster’s (through 1913.)
- I’ve Read Books: A Tale of Tracking My Reading (Emma Nichols, BookRiot)
- So You Want to Try Fanfiction, Part One: Where to Start (Jessica Pryde, BookRiot)
For Writers & Bloggers
- Hank Green on How to Get Good at Everything… especially writing. (Vlogbrothers; above)
- Blogging Tip: How To Write a Book Review, Part IV: What is “Good Writing”? (Daniela Ark, Blog for readers, writers and bloggers)
Book & Movie Announcements
- Tamora Pierce announced a title for the Tortall companion: A Spy’s Guide to Tortall: From the Desk of George Cooper. What fun!
- James Bond comic book series planned by Dynamite Entertainment. Warren Ellis will write the series, with Jason Masters doing the artwork. (Hollywood Reporter)
- Romance for Younger Readers – YA with romantic themes but without “intense kissing/more than kissing scenes” (Fizzle Reads) http://fizzlereads.tumblr.com/post/122855351339/romance-for-younger-readers
- The Best Books of 2015 So Far – at least according to the writers of BookRiot. It’s a nicely eclectic and surprisingly long list.
- Cool Maps of Fictional Places, most of them fantasy worlds. (BookRiot)
- The Star Trek Lit-verse Reading Guide is an extensive list of many of the over 2000(!) Star-Trek-related novels, short stories, and comic books that have been published over the decades since the original series first aired. In addition, it tries to link the books which reference one another. Bookmark this site if you’re a Star Trek fan!
Really Cool / Just for Fun
- Extremely Accurate Charts for Book Nerds (Epic Reads)
- Reading Habits Based on Hogwarts Houses (BookRiot). Apparently I’m a Gryvenpuff. Or a Huffinclaw. Or a Ravledor. Or whatever you would call a combo of all three non-Slytherin houses, anyway. (BookRiot)
That’s all for this week!