What They’re Saying About The Writer in 2009
17 August 2009
A couple of state-of-the-industry pieces on the Web:
Popular-fiction writers Cory Doctorow and Neil Gaiman discuss the strategy of giving their work away for free on the Internet to increase sales, buzz, and ratings (both are in favor). Read about it (and listen to it) here. I confess that when I first read the headline at Publisher’s Weekly, I thought it referred to EL Doctorow, and that’s what made me click over. Now that would be something.
Literary agent-blogger Nathan Bransford declares on his blog that the age of being “just an author” (and not a promoter) is officially over. He cites Thomas Pynchon’s lending his voice to the book trailer for Inherent Vice, and the fact that “even Cormac McCarthy went on Oprah.” I also noticed that on Pynchon’s Web site, there is a link for a Pynchon Wiki — which is something like Cliff’s Notes on the Web, I believe?
I’m not sure what the effect of Well, McCarthy and Pynchon are doing it is supposed to be exactly — convincing, or comforting, perhaps. If Marilynne Robinson started blogging and making You-Tube videos, I personally would certainly take notice. I guess for those of us who are still on and off the wagon — Analogians Anonymous — there are stages of grief; and the great-writers evidence effectively jolts us out of our denial.