CRITICAL LINKING: January 19, 2012

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.


“If there are statisticians working on rubrics and finalizing the math, I’m not privy to them. I am privy, however, to the details of my own book life. I can, I’m saying, report from the trenches and allegate — with more than a touch of the emphatic — that book bloggers don’t just shore up a writer’s confidences, or make her feel less lonely. Book bloggers rescue certain books. They may even rescue quite particular careers.”

Anecdotal evidence is still evidence.


Some of the most interesting data here is the number of self-published titles in the Kindle Top 100 bestsellers. In the best months, self-published titles claimed 20-27% of those spots.

The growth line for e-books is approaching vertical. A deserved “wow.”


“I had a very tight deadline and managed to produce 1600 words per day, every day, until done, followed by a few weeks of ten-hour-days editing.”

If we called ghostwriting “consensual plagiarism,” would stuff like this really be OK?


“Once upon a time there was a leper colony in Jamaica.”

Write a book that starts like a fairy tale about wildly contagious nervous disorders, you get to be on a list of anticipated books for 2012.


Jeff O’Neal is the editor of Book Riot. Follow him on Twitter: @readingape


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