October 2nd, 2008

Do you need bibliotherapy?

At first I thought this was tongue-in-cheek, but I think it might be real. A place called School for Life in London is offering “bibliotherapy.”

“A session begins with an unusually in-depth conversation about your attitude and experiences of books (you might read one a day or not have picked one up since school), during which you are invited to share your particular area of concern or curiosity (anything from Japanese archery to how to rediscover your creativity). Following the discussion, a considered and beautifully presented reading programme or book prescription will be sent to you in the post within a week at most”

They also offer long-term bibliotherapy, help in building a library, and bibliotherapy for kids. Although I’m not sure I can forgive them for the way they use “source” in this sentence. “We’ll source the perfect title for a five year old with an interest in skyscrapers or some stories guaranteed to interest a nine year old who thinks only of computer games and declares an all-encompassing hatred for books.”

See for yourself here.

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Don't ever be this stupid

Over on an agent's blog, she documents how a potential client just shot herself in the foot. The agent had rejected the woman's book but passed it on to another agent, thinking it might be right up their alley (which she didn't tell the potential client). The would-be writer then emailed the agent a nasty note (something the agent says she sees happens all too frequently with email). There went any interest the agency had in representing her.

My thoughts are that you don't respond at all to a form rejection. And if the editor or agent sends you a lot of useful feedback, then you might drop them a thank you. But never, ever, ever be rude and abrasive. Even if you're hurting. Even if you think they are fools to reject you. Even if you can't believe they requested a full and then said nothing more than it wasn't right for them.

You can read more about the incident here.

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shock point

The little book that could - Shock Point

Today is the on-sale day for the paperback of Shock Point.

This is the little book that could. It didn't get very many reviews, and some of them, like PW, were only online. But even so, it was a:
- YALSA Quick Pick
- New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age
- Pennsylvania Readers' Choice finalist
- Named to Tayshas (Texas state award)
- Finalist for Teens Top 10

What I loved about YAs is there is time for word of mouth to build. For adult books, you've got a window of about eight weeks after publication. And now Shock Point is a paperback (not always a given), which means that real teens can actually afford it!

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