Hello and happy Friday, writers! It’s hard to believe it’s already March 2021 when it feels like March 2020 was mere weeks ago. To say a lot has changed since then would be a wild understatement, but here’s hoping there’s a lot more positive change before we get to March 2022 (which, at this rate, could happen next week for all I know).
Here’s what’s been going on in publishing this week:
The biggest story of the week: Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that controls the works of Dr. Seuss, has decided to cease publication of six books due to racist images.
The news of these Dr. Suess titles being pulled out of circulation has caused them to skyrocket to the tops of bestsellers lists.
PRH Audio has launched a voiceover casting platform.
Harper Collins is launching a new fiction imprint.
The creators of “Allen v. Farrow” have been threatened with legal action from Woody Allen’s publisher, Skyhorse Publishing.
The Panorama Project has released their 2020 Immersive Media & Books Research Report which investigates the engagement of consumers with books across gender, age, ethnicity etc.
“I am tentative to recommend this book, not because it wasn’t good (I could not put it down), but because it’s brutally scary. Claire and Lydia’s sister, Julia, vanished without a trace 20 years ago, and soon after her disappearance, the sisters became estranged. When Claire’s husband is murdered, she starts to unravel parts of his life she never knew existed, pulling Lydia in and reopening the wounds of the past that never quite healed.
When I say this book is scary, I don’t mean “oh that’s spooky!” I mean “oh this is a real life nightmare that could easily be a two-parter finale on SVU.” So approach with caution. There is a lot of violence and gore, but at the heart of this book is an incredibly compelling story you won’t be able to stop thinking about.”
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