This week in writing… poetry & letters edition

It’s National Poetry Month! Spring is in the air, and everyone’s inspired. I wish I could put a poem here, but I suck at that, so let’s just dig in…

Jane Yolen has tips on writing poetry over at Katie Davis’ blog.

On April 21st, the Postal Service will honor 20th century poets with their own stamps!

The 2012 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award winner and honoree has been announced.

Maybe you’re just looking for the best prose out there… Bank Street has you covered with the best books of 2012 from infant to YA.

Over in the UK, the Roald Dahl museum has now opened up an exhibit that includes his writing hut. Man, I want one of those!

Have you seen this letter from Kurt Vonnegut to the head of a school board who ordered his books to be burned in the school furnace?

In news of nicer letters, there’s this book of letters C.S. Lewis wrote to children.

There are a couple of new ventures to report. The people behind One Story have now launched a new magazine, One Teen Story for older readers. They are now accepting short stories for their first year of publication. Also, author Marissa Moss is launching her own publishing company, Creston Books.

Dahl in his Writing Hut

Just as the DOJ, Apple and the big 6 start making decisions about their suit, Amazon cuts ebook prices. This will further separate them from the pack, and put them firmly ahead of their competition. I wonder what Barnes & Noble’s response will be, if any. (Oh wait. They’ve updated their Simple Touch with a GlowLight. OK, that’s a handy feature, but is that enough?) Meanwhile, in the Department of Justice suit, three are settling while three more are standing up to fight, saying that there was no collusion on their part to set the prices of ebooks. And on the other end of the spectrum, the ebook version of J.K. Rowling’s new adult novel will be priced at about $20. What the muggle?

With all the fur and feathers flying, some publishers are trying to squeeze out Amazon by not signing contracts with them. (How do we feel about this, authors?)

If you think that ebook pricing doesn’t affect you because you’re only a reader, you’re mistaken.  A consumer advocate group has calculated that the pricing fix will actually cost each of us about $200 more this year. I know what you’re thinking. You’re just going to get your ebooks from the library. Well hold that thought. Libraries and publishers are still fighting. In fact a group of 25 libraries in Connecticut recently voted to boycott Random House.

Bah humbug, you say? Who cares about ereaders and ebooks you say? Well, it seems that people who use electronic devices to read, read more than those who only read on print. I bet the divide will keep growing.

[Roald Dahl image from BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/walesarts/2011/09/roald_dahl_day_events.html]

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4 thoughts on “This week in writing… poetry & letters edition

  1. Becky Green Aaronson says:

    Tracey, I always enjoy (and learn) from your weekly round-up. I was particularly delighted by Kurt Vonnegut’s letter. And yes, the publishing industry, in all its various forms, is spinning in so many ways, it will surely be an adventure for readers and writers alike for some time to come. PS: I suck at poetry too. 🙂

  2. debatterman says:

    Not that I’m obsessed with the moon (okay, maybe I am) but ‘Owl Moon’ by Jane Yolen is an all-time favorite of mine. Nice to be reminded of what she’s up to. Best is the way you cover the (publishing) waterfront with the joyous news first, then bring us that reality check re: the nuts and bolts of commerce.

  3. Catherine Stine says:

    Oh, heavens, this is all so complicated. I can’t help having some lingering affection for amazon for being so visionary early on, for offering authors big royalties, for creating the ABNA contest for writers. EBooks should be less expensive than paper books, and the publishers should have offered authors higher royalty rates on their eBooks earlier on. That said, Amazon, please don’t be a bully and try to squash all competition under your virtual heel.
    I think I’ll just join Dahl in his writer hut, and leave the infighting to the others.

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