Thursday News: Publishing and free speech, new Nora Roberts tv series, a reviewer’s manifesto, and lesbian emojis
It is “incorrect to ascribe this to self-censorship — it’s more a case of global market forces at work,” said Lydia Moëd, an agent with the Canadian literary agency The Rights Factory and a veteran of the U.K. children’s publishing industry.
“If there’s a choice between having a pig or, say, a bunny, as a minor character in a particular children’s book, publishers are aware that choosing the pig character will severely limit the book’s potential international market,” she said.
The ultimate result, said Ms. Moëd, is that large publishers end up seeking out books with “as few cultural barriers as possible.” –National Post
Vancouver-based Omnifilm has also hired Paulo de Oliveira, mostly recently co-executive producer on Starz’ Outlander series, as its new senior vp scripted development and executive producer, based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, with Blood Magick as his first assignment. . . .
De Oliveira told The Hollywood Reporter that, like Starz’ epic Outlander series, which is set to return with another eight episodes in April 2015, the Blood Magick drama will follow closely to the book series. The Omnifilm project is being structured as a Canada/Irish co-production, likely to be shot in Ireland and then posted and finished back in Canada. –Hollywood Reporter
Lesbian Emojis isn’t on the iMessage keyboard — Linn said that was an “insurmountable problem” — but the app lets users copy and paste her emojis into iMessage or open up a new iMessage in the app.
Each emoji takes anywhere from 20 minutes to four hours to make. Some of the nearly 70 she’s made so far include a fish taco, a U-Haul truck, and a pack of Parliament cigarettes. –Business Insider