Adelle Waldman says that before reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, and Booklist appeared on Amazon.com, most consumers had never heard of them. These four relatively obscure magazines help determine what you read, Waldman explains. “Together, they make up the big four of book industry trade journals, aimed at publishing insiders: newspaper and magazine editors, bookstore and library book-buyers, literary agents, and film industry types scanning them for movie rights.”
The Literary Saloon responds to the article:
Curiously, they only link to the Publishers Weekly site — though the other three also have online presences (see Library Journal, Kirkus, and Booklist). (None of the sites are particularly useful, though PW does offer the most information (though not as far as review coverage goes).)
Snarkwatch is boring, and often poorly written. At the very least snark could be attacked on grounds that it constitutes fallacious argument. Comments could be made about the death of manners — disingenuous and ahistorical comments, but never mind. That would all be easy, yet no one has the smarts to bother to do so.
The Boston Globe says there’s evidence of a turn to the left in publishing:
In a sales surge that surprised politicians and booksellers alike, five liberal books will be among The New York Times’s top 15 hard-cover nonfiction bestsellers on today’s list, mounting what some sales specialists see as a left-wing assault on the conservatives’ decade-long hold on popular culture.
(Via the New Pages Weblog.)
What of all those new, conservative imprints, though?
The literary magazines reviewed most recently at New Pages include Land-Grant College Review and PRISM International. (Writers: if you’re interested in writing reviews of your favorite literary magazines, contact the New Pages staff.)
Steve Almond will be the guest at Bookslut this week.
The first issue of Narrative Magazine is due out this fall. The publication bills itself as “a literary magazine and resource site for and about authors, writing workshops, grants, conferences, awards, literary organizations, libraries, bookstores, magazines, publishers, agents, and other items of interest to readers and writers of literary fiction and creative nonfiction.” (Thanks to Pia Ehrhardt for the link.)