Friday News: Rowling’s lawyer is revealed as the loose lipped douchebag; romance readers are risk takers; Mary Sherman Morgan, first US female rocket scientist
Guess what? You don’t gossip about your client’s private business, ever. That’s an ethical violation, bad business, a breach of fiduciary duty and just all around douchebaggery. Is this something you share with your wife’s BFF? Only if you are sleeping with her because a man who doesn’t believe in loyalty and fidelity is the kind of lawyer who leaks his client’s business.
Rowling said she is beyond disappointed and into anger. Hopefully the lawyer is punished. No doubt the firm itself will lose business because who is going to trust a firm who can’t keep your secrets? No one, that’s who. NYTimes.com
“Among fiction fans, thriller and suspense fans are the most obsessed of all–telling us they primarily read authors they know and love most, to the exclusion of trying new writers,” Peter emailed me. The debuts “have the greatest challenge trying to reach a new audience that simply isn’t interested in reading unknown authors.”
Romance readers are “more open to new voices,” Peter explains. Of the number of books bought last year by fans of the thriller genre, 19 percent were written by unfamiliar authors–but when looking at fans’ purchases of erotic romance, a whopping 45 percent were penned by new authors.
“Fans read their favorite category to satisfy different needs,” Peter says. “My personal view: thriller fans want guaranteed, consistent entertainment with minimal risk of disappointment–romance readers want new experiences, to experiment and take risks.”
In his book, Rocket Girl, George D Morgan tells the story of his mother’s journey from North Dakota farm girl to brilliant scientist whose obscure, yet crucial, contributions to the development of a new rocket fuel powered the country’s first satellite, Explorer 1. Mr Morgan spoke to the BBC about his mother’s lost legacy and the complex nature of fame.