July 23, 2008 by Tracey S. Rosenberg
Sorry, it’s still a bit content-free around here, what with the travel and the trying to get things done while I have some spare time. Have a few interesting links:
Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency asks whether authors and agents can prevent mismatches before they ever join forces. Note that this is more sophisticated than announcing ‘I want an agent who will sell my book for squillions, also the movie rights.’
Should politics have a place at the bookstore? Some say yes, some say no. But I really hope that during my time working in bookstores – which probably totals nearly half of my adult life, and all of that at independent bookshops – I avoided insulting any of the customers. I don’t have to agree with their political leanings, their choice of reading material, or their hairstyles, but it isn’t my place to critique them. That’s what
blogs personal diaries are for. In any case, I did a political window one year and had a nice little three-party window display.
And finally, wow, if you want to know what the heck libraries do when they get archives handed over to them, you can read about how the British Library is dealing with Harold Pinter‘s archive. My archive will probably end up in a recycling site, but it’s nice to know about people whose scribblings are deemed useful for literary scholarship.