We have a few things to get off our chests… 1. Lack of diversity in publishing, including in-house, writers, and main characters. 2. Sexism (i.e. men being squashed by their own egos, making sad puppy dog faces). 3. Having too many books in the TBR pile. 4. Not enough money to buy books in the … Continue reading Rant List!
Recently, Andrew Smith, a YA writer and author of The Grasshopper Jungle and The Alex Crow, did an interview with VICE which he made some controversial comments: I was raised in a family with four boys, and I absolutely did not know anything about girls at all. I have a daughter now; she’s 17. When … Continue reading Addressing Sexism in Writing and Publishing
In which 80 Books Blog discusses and debates hot topics in publishing. This week, we talk bloggers, reviews, and the strained relationship with authors. “Really, Hagrid, if you are holding out for universal popularity, I’m afraid you will be in this cabin for a very long time.” –Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire … Continue reading Should Authors Take Bad Reviews Seriously?
Harper Lee: Mockingbird Sequel Controversy When it was announced that Harper Lee would release a second novel, 55 years after the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, book nerds went wild. Then the controversy started. Is 88 year old Lee being taken advantage of in the wake of her former lawyer and sister’s death? Does … Continue reading Off The Press: This Week in Industry News