Category : Books

  • September 8, 2010

    Still talking books and authors…

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    Okay, so on Monday I spent some time answering questions from people about which books I’ve been reading and what I like. On Tuesday I got this response from someone: “Well, there’s really only ONE BOOK – the Bible. It’s more than a book, so nothing compares to it. But books written by the muse of man that I have enjoyed would include…”

    Um… where do I start? First, there isn’t only “one book.” There are a lot of books, many of great value – even to people of faith. Second, I’ve never heard of a book that wasn’t “written by the muse of man.” For crying out loud. Third, that is without a doubt the most pompous note I’ve received in years. 

    Look, I appreciate that I have people of faith reading my blog. I'm a person of faith, and I represent a lot of Christian books. But I also live in the real world, not some hokey spiritual world where we need to always point out that we are religious. So give it a rest. Learn to write words that people want to read and you'll find more success. Geez…

    Janet wrote to say, “Looking at all the religious fiction writers being published today, who do you 
think will be read and admired 25 years from now?”

    First, this is a great question. It's also a bit of a slippery topic, since "popularity" and "longevity" don't always go hand in hand (in writing or in any other art). Tastes change and that pushes the culture away from one author and toward another. For example, Ernest Hemingway has long been considered one of America’s greatest writers. But as readers have moved away from his books, and as time has marched on, his reputation as a stylist has flagged considerably. And his buddy F. Scott Fitzgerald, who was reduced to writing B-movie scripts late in life because the reading public had

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  • September 6, 2010

    Talking Books

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    People have been asking me about books…

    Vicki wrote to ask, “With all the new books coming out this fall, is there one that really stands out? Something you can’t wait to read?”

    Sure. I’m a huge Mark Twain fan, and when he wrote his autobiography he asked that it not be published until 100 years after his death. The first volume (of three) releases this fall. I CAN’T WAIT.

    Dawn asked me, "What is the book you're most excited about these days?" 

    From a business point of view? Well, Jim Rubart's ROOMS has been a steady-but-slow-grower, but after several months on the market it's just now hitting the bestseller lists (currently #18 on the ECPA fiction list). I'm excited about that one, because I think the more people who hear about it, the more will read it, and the bigger the fan base it will develop. I've said from the beginning that one had a chance to be a huge hit. And I should note that one author who is really generating excitement in the industry these days is Irene Hannon. I was listening to some editors talk at a conference recently, and the fiction director at a major house said, "Of course, Irene Hannon looks like she's going to own the romantic suspense category in CBA — she's taken the place of Dee Henderson." As you can imagine, that made me very happy. Irene is a total pro, has sold more than a million Harleqiun books, and it’s nice to see her books at Revell do so well in the broader market.

    Deborah sent this: "I like literary fiction, and you tend to talk about literaries a lot. Which new releases would you recommend I read?"

    I'm finally finished THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE ASSOCIATION, and loved it. Then read Audrey Niffenegger's HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY and was disappointed. But I'll tell you, if you don't read Lisa

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  • September 6, 2010

    Talking Books

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    People have been asking me about books…

    Vicki wrote to ask, “With all the new books coming out this fall, is there one that really stands out? Something you can’t wait to read?”

    Sure. I’m a huge Mark Twain fan, and when he wrote his autobiography he asked that it not be published until 100 years after his death. The first volume (of three) releases this fall. I CAN’T WAIT.

    Dawn asked me, "What is the book you're most excited about these days?" 

    From a business point of view? Well, Jim Rubart's ROOMS has been a steady-but-slow-grower, but after several months on the market it's just now hitting the bestseller lists (currently #18 on the ECPA fiction list). I'm excited about that one, because I think the more people who hear about it, the more will read it, and the bigger the fan base it will develop. I've said from the beginning that one had a chance to be a huge hit. And I should note that one author who is really generating excitement in the industry these days is Irene Hannon. I was listening to some editors talk at a conference recently, and the fiction director at a major house said, "Of course, Irene Hannon looks like she's going to own the romantic suspense category in CBA — she's taken the place of Dee Henderson." As you can imagine, that made me very happy. Irene is a total pro, has sold more than a million Harleqiun books, and it’s nice to see her books at Revell do so well in the broader market.

    Deborah sent this: "I like literary fiction, and you tend to talk about literaries a lot. Which new releases would you recommend I read?"

    I'm finally finished THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE ASSOCIATION, and loved it. Then read Audrey Niffenegger's HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY and was disappointed. But I'll tell you, if you don't read Lisa

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  • August 10, 2010

    NEWSDAY TUESDAY …

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    Digby and his mates

    Okay, so it's nearly Wednesday. We brought our new puppy (as opposed to "old puppy?") home today, so I've been writing this between other things as well as helping with trips to the appointed piddle spot and throwing treat parties when Digby succeeds doing his business. 

    (Digby's the cute one on the far left.)

    IN OTHER (far more relevant) NEWS:

    In case you haven't heard, we've added a new agent to our rolls here at MacGregor Literary. Amanda Luedeke made her conference debut this past week with us here at the Oregon Christian Writers Conference. All signs are pointing to her potentially having signed her first author already! 

    Our fabulous friend and local author Hillary Manton Lodge simply couldn't take it anymore. While at the conference last week she took professional quality photos and headshots for all of us – keep your eye out soon for new photos of us all — even if I am doing "that funny thing with my head" I'm sure our new pics will help us all appear far more professional.

     LIST AND REVIEW NEWS:

    Gina Holmes' CROSSING OCEANS, her novel published by Tyndale, is on the August CBA bestseller list.
    John Wilson, the editor of Books & Culture magazine (an online
    publication of Christianity Today) gave J. Mark Bertrand's BACK ON
    MURDER high marks.
    http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/webexclusives/2010/august/wilson081010.html

    UPCOMING RELEASES:

    Susan Meissner's next novel, LADY IN WAITING, is releasing this week
    with Waterbrook. It weaves the story of a contemporary couple with that
    of Lady Jane Grey, and has been very much anticipated by those who
    enjoyed THE SHAPE OF MERCY and WHITE PICKET FENCES.

    Chad Gibbs' GOD AND FOOTBALL is releasing this week from Zondervan.
    It's his look at the both faith and fanaticism with people who follow
    SEC football.

    Keep an eye out for Serena Miller's historical Amish tale, LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUGARCREEK, OHIO.

    Julie Cannon is busy
    at work on her next

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  • August 10, 2010

    NEWSDAY TUESDAY …

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    Digby and his mates

    Okay, so it's nearly Wednesday. We brought our new puppy (as opposed to "old puppy?") home today, so I've been writing this between other things as well as helping with trips to the appointed piddle spot and throwing treat parties when Digby succeeds doing his business. 

    (Digby's the cute one on the far left.)

    IN OTHER (far more relevant) NEWS:

    In case you haven't heard, we've added a new agent to our rolls here at MacGregor Literary. Amanda Luedeke made her conference debut this past week with us here at the Oregon Christian Writers Conference. All signs are pointing to her potentially having signed her first author already! 

    Our fabulous friend and local author Hillary Manton Lodge simply couldn't take it anymore. While at the conference last week she took professional quality photos and headshots for all of us – keep your eye out soon for new photos of us all — even if I am doing "that funny thing with my head" I'm sure our new pics will help us all appear far more professional.

     LIST AND REVIEW NEWS:

    Gina Holmes' CROSSING OCEANS, her novel published by Tyndale, is on the August CBA bestseller list.
    John Wilson, the editor of Books & Culture magazine (an online
    publication of Christianity Today) gave J. Mark Bertrand's BACK ON
    MURDER high marks.
    http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/webexclusives/2010/august/wilson081010.html

    UPCOMING RELEASES:

    Susan Meissner's next novel, LADY IN WAITING, is releasing this week
    with Waterbrook. It weaves the story of a contemporary couple with that
    of Lady Jane Grey, and has been very much anticipated by those who
    enjoyed THE SHAPE OF MERCY and WHITE PICKET FENCES.

    Chad Gibbs' GOD AND FOOTBALL is releasing this week from Zondervan.
    It's his look at the both faith and fanaticism with people who follow
    SEC football.

    Keep an eye out for Serena Miller's historical Amish tale, LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUGARCREEK, OHIO.

    Julie Cannon is busy
    at work on her next

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