Oh yes, there is

Strictly speaking, this is old news. But I was reminded of it by P.D. James’ death this week. And it offers a solution to the publishing problem Val McDermid described (in yesterday’s post), so I went looking for it.

BookTrib » Whodunit? These Brash publishers solve the mystery of the great crime thriller

http://booktrib.com/2014/09/whodunit-these-brash-publishers-solve-the-mystery-of-the-great-crime-thriller/#

Is there no hope?

Val McDermid, who wrote a tribute to her late “hero” P.D. James this week, also lamented the state of publishing in an interview earlier this year. There is a note of optimism at the end, but it requires more work of writers than polishing the last draft

Val McDermid: I would be a failed novelist if I started out today – Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10934043/Val-McDermid-I-would-be-a-failed-novelist-if-I-started-out-today.html

Death of an artist

With the death of P.D. James comes the passing of an era of crime writing. Her investigator Adam Dalgliesh was a fully fleshed human being, unlike some other fictional detectives. This is a tribute to a master artist.

Appreciation: How P.D. James changed my reading habits – and my writing – The Globe and Mail

http://m.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/appreciation-how-pd-james-changed-my-reading-habits-and-my-writing/article21818581/?service=mobile

Magazine comes back in new guise

Back in high school, one of my English teachers talked about Scribener’s. It was long-dead by then, but it evoked a time when reading stories was a pastime akin to watching television (in one form or another), at least for some.
It’s revival as a website speaks both to marketing and the importance of writing.

Scribner’s Magazine to Be Reincarnated as Literary Website – WSJ
http://m.wsj.com/articles/BL-SEB-84965