Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thriving Thursday

Hi again :) It is my goal to give you updates on the thriving world of fiction and children's literature, as these are the areas I will write in, on Thursdays. I will give you links to check out Publisher Weekly's (PW) website in order to participate in some of their blog discussions and I will update you on the top sellers in various categories. This way you can keep an eye out for where your work will fall in!

According to Publisher's for the week of January 4th, 2010 the fiction and children's literature bestsellers are (by category/top 10):


The Lost Symbol. Dan Brown, Doubleday

I, Alex Cross. James Patterson, Little, Brown
Under the Dome. Stephen King, Scribner
Pirate Latitudes. Michael Chrichton, Harper
U Is for Undertow. Sue Grafton, Putnam
The Help. Kathryn Stockett, Putnam/Amy Einhorn
The Last Song. Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central
Ford County. John Grisham, Doubleday
The Christmas Sweater. Glenn Beck, Threshold Editions
Breathless. Dean Koontz, Bantam

Children's Literature:

The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins, Scholastic

Catching Fire. Suzanne Collins, Scholastic Press
The Book Thief. Markus Zusak, Knopf
Million-Dollar Throw. Mike Lupica, Philomel
The Magician’s Elephant. Kate Dicamillo, Candlewick
Beautiful Creatures. Kami Garcia, Little, Brown
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Sherman Alexie, Little, Brown
Graceling. Kristin Cashore, Graphia
Shiver. Maggie Stiefvater, Scholastic Press
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood. David Benedictus, Dutton

If you would like to see more, visit Publishers Weekly's site:

This week, I wanted to provide a link to a blog over at Publishers This discussion focuses on authors taking risque topics and not writing to their full ability because they feel as if they can rely on the fact that there work is obscure. The writer of the blog discusses Mario Acevedo's forthcoming Werewolf Smackdown , which they credit as a good book as Acevedo generally gets good reviews. Go to the following link, read the opening paragraph and decide for yourself whether you agree or disagree with this generalization.


  1. Hmm, this is an interesting topic. I guess I just think that we should write what we want to write--forget about the audience and the agenda for the moment. Once you've completed your short story/novel/poem/screenplay, and YOU'RE happy with it, then you can determine which audience fits best. And who's to say that writing for a certain group means you can get away with lower quality? I think everything is about personal tastes.

  2. This is good...It's always a great idea to see what books are at the top. This also helps me look at some books I might want to pick up. I COMPLETELY agree with Pam...write what you want to write. Your writing style should come naturally. At the end of the day to "attempt would be artificial."