Edward Wyatt of the NEW YORK TIMES wrote a fascinating profile of Jane Friedman in the Sunday business section. The article is called MICHAEL CRICHTON? HE’S JUST THE AUTHOR. Jane Friedman is president and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers; Ms. Friedman addressed a group of aspiring editors and publicists at NYU’s Center for Publishing, according to Mr. Wyatt. “Ms. Friedman, 59, envisions a day when a reader in a bookstore will reach for a HarperCollins novel the way some parents of young children now reach for a Disney film in a video store…a result of faith in the producer rather than the specific content.”
Can you envision such a day? My recollection of being a young parent is that renting Disney videos was the parental equivalent of taking one for the team; I also remember studying the write-up for suitability. Faith in the producer only stretches so far.
Ms. Friedman has generated good results at Harper since she joined back in 1997. I was so dumbstruck by her vision of how novels will be purchased in the future, that I wrote to her, asking for a clarification. If she replies and gives her permission, I’ll let you know what she says.
I met author Skye Moody last weekend and wanted to mention her novel THE GOOD DIAMOND, from St. Martin-Minotaur. It’s one of a series featuring Venus Diamond; Skye is a photographer as well as a writer, and spent years as a bush guide in East Africa.
Rebecca Pawel’s THE WATCHER IN THE PINE is in bookstores now. You may recall my rave review of her work; she’s agreed to do an interview right here on Collected Miscellany.
Elizabeth Crane’s story collection ALL THIS HEAVENLY GLORY will be released in March; her publicist indicates that she’s available for an interview which I’ll try to line up closer to the release date.
Finally, TJ Parker’s CALIFORNIA GIRL was nominated for an EDGAR AWARD mere hours after being reviewed on Collected Miscellany. Cause and effect? No. Sarah has a comprehensive list of all the category nominees as well as insightful commentary as always. Richard Aleas’ LITTLE GIRL LOST, from HARD CASE CRIME, is nominated as well, albeit in a separate category. LITTLE GIRL LOST was reviewed here last fall accompanying an interview with author and publisher Charles Ardai.
I’m off to the video store now to rent a Disney movie.