Friday, January 08, 2010

Friday Roundup

Yes it's time for Friday Roundup! Yay!

Before we launch into our list I'd like to share a wee bit of good news with y'all.

The big SF/Fantasy bookstore in Toronto is called Bakka Phoenix. It's a great place, super supportive of authors, and has just about every SF/Fantasy book you can imagine. I took my friend Emily there for the first time last year, and she was so excited to find a book she'd been looking for for years. Anyway, it totally rocks.

And I am pleased to announce that "Alex and the Ironic Gentleman" came in number 5 in their top Trade Paperback Bestsellers! What's even more impressive about this is that it's the second year that "Alex" has been out. Very cool!

My dear friend, the lovely Lesley, topped the list with her first novel "Wondrous Strange", and the delightful Robert J. Sawyer topped the hardcover list, with Megan Crewe coming in 5th. Here are all said lists for your perusal:

Mass Market Bestsellers
1. Ages of Wonder, Julie E. Czerneda & Robert St. Martin, eds.
2. Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
3. Anathem, Neal Stephenson
4. On the Edge, Ilona Andrews
5. Tyrant, Christian Cameron

Trade Paperback Bestsellers
1. Wondrous Strange, Lesley Livingston
2. Black Man, Richard Morgan
3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith
4. Cast in Silence, Michelle Sagara
5. Alex and the Ironic Gentleman, Adrienne Kress

Hardcover Bestsellers
1. Wake, Robert J. Sawyer
2. Makers, Cory Doctorow
3. Enchantment Emporium, Tanya Huff
4. Unseen Academicals, Terry Pratchett
5. Give Up the Ghost, Megan Crewe


And now . . . some links!

A blog from last year, but a very good read - the Waxman Agency waxes thoughtful on the definition of High Concept

Agent Janet Reid: The Fifteen Things You Need to Know B'twixt "The End" and "Send"

Agent Rachelle Gardner: The Book's the Thing

Plus ca change . . . Robert Gray on the Publishing Trends of Futures Past - yes, the book industry has always been in trouble it seems.

And last but not least:

The next link might confuse some not so deeply passionate about fonts as I am. I'll try to explain. There are certain fonts that are very popular with people who don't know a lot about design. Often these fonts are requested over and over by people of designers, and tend to be used most often on self made advertising, invitations etc. To anyone in the design world, using these fonts is considered the mark of an immature design. These are fonts that most designers can't stand. Two of them are Comic Sans and Papyrus. With all that in mind: An Open Letter to James Cameron from Papyrus


And that's it for now! Have a lovely weekend everyone!