October 21st, 2009

Alloy - a peek inside the hit machine

I’m sure this will be free to read soon, but in the meantime, just reading this abstract in the New Yorker about Alloy is fascinating.

“Alloy Entertainment packages about thirty books a year for publishers, and also generates TV shows and a growing number of ideas for feature films. Ideas are generated in weekly development meetings and are fleshed out into a short summary by an editor. A writer is asked to create a sample chapter on spec. If Alloy is happy with the sample, they put the writer on contract. The writer then hashes out a plot with Bank, one or two other editors, and Sara Shandler, Alloy’s editorial director. Last year, eighteen of Alloy’s twenty-nine new titles hit the Times children’s best-seller list.”

You can lead the rest of the (fairly lengthy) abstract here. . And this is a post I did about Alloy earlier.

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If you're going to burn books, why not start with the Bible?

Sometimes I worry that people will lump all Christians together, like say, the small North Carolina church that plans a Halloween bonfire of Christian books - including all kinds of Bibles. "Marc Grizzard, of Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Canton, North Carolina, says that the first King James translation of the Bible is the only true declaration of God’s word, and that all others are “satanic”." They also plan to burn books by Mother Therese, Rick Warren, and Billy Graham.

You can read more about their plans here. Unfortunately, the church's web site, with a list of "Satanic" books, seems to be down.

Another news site posted this: "According to the Amazing Grace Baptist Church website, members will also burn “Satan’s music such as country, rap, rock, pop, heavy metal, western, soft and easy, southern gospel, contemporary Christian, jazz, soul (and) oldies.”"

And Boston.com says "Tom Brady’s got bigger problems than overthrowing Randy Moss in the end zone. No. 12 is going to hell, according to a North Carolina church. The Amazing Grace Baptist Church posted a list of athletes it believes to be headed to the hot place, and Tommy made the list. (The site was abruptly disabled yesterday.) Others on the list included race car driver Richard Petty, NBA players Joakim Noah and Marko Jaric, wrestler Torrie Wilson, and QB Matt Leinart."

Maybe all these lists are part of some crazy stunt? I pray that's true.

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