Ok, I shall now stand on my head and tap-dance for you. =)
There's a very legitimate complaint on the prior post that I don't say enough about the publishing industry. I want to make it clear that I don't disagree with the anonymous poster at all, and in fact, I respect them for stating their opinion. But at the same time, I'm going to be somewhat snarky, and I want to make it clear that it isn't directed at the poster at all.
Hasn't it ever occurred to people that the publishing industry is boring? It's a business. And by their very nature, businesses are boring. All that financial stuff, the mergers, etc? They bore me to tears. Yeah, you have to keep up-to-date, at times, but I could really care less about it.
So when people want to hear exciting gossip about the publishing industry, I tell them to go read Galleycat. Ron, who runs it, is a good guy, and it's his *job* to collect all the juicy tidbits that litter the publishing industry. There are some, but really, we're a bunch of people who read and write and sell books. Not much to look at here; pass GO, please collect $200.
Yet, somehow, I'm expected to know what's wonderful and cool and new in the publishing industry.
I don't know.
I read Galleycat just like the rest of you. I read PW and I read Publisher's Lunch. I browse the deals on Publisher's Marketplace. That's how I get most of my news.
Ok, so yeah, I get the opportunity to talk to editors. I hear some of the good gossip about agents, but I really don't spend my days doing all of this. I meet with editors to hear what they're looking for, but do you really expect me to pass along that information on a publicly read website? That's like handing candy to my fellow agents. Let them go to lunch and find out on their own. Plus, that way, they get to have some good food too. =)
Want to hear the most interesting publishing thing I've heard lately?
Our electronic intern, Spencer, wanted to know if the scuttlebutt floating around about how Tor will go under because of Robert Jordan's untimely death is true. I don't think so. And that's my professional opinion. The poor man is dead; leave him alone and let him rest in peace, no matter how well his books did. Tor is a viable publishing company, and will do just fine.
Now, if you'd like, I can tap-dance again... =)