Sacrifices

Via Victoria Strauss: What writers risk in not repeating themselves: It's debatable whether Lethem would have had the same kind of five-book support for his genre-bending fictions – even with all his awards – in the current climate, but I'm sure that there would be some grumbling from the sales department eager to sell in … Continue reading Sacrifices

I haven’t posted about ebooks in, like, *days*…

Quality Control: It Matters | Booksquare:I asked this question in the narrow context of ebook prices, addressing, specifically, the issue of lousy final layout in digital books. So much effort goes into the acquisition, editing, and marketing of a book. So much is destroyed when the final product is near-unreadable. It’s hard to argue for … Continue reading I haven’t posted about ebooks in, like, *days*…

What’s that they told you about a book & a cover?

Often at conventions themes start to reoccur across panels. It's a product of common participants and topics that are closely related. At FiestaCon I'd say one of those themes was the pitfalls of being desperate to publish. And sometimes it's hard not to be desperate. I'm not a gambler. If you give me $5 and … Continue reading What’s that they told you about a book & a cover?

Shiny Bits of the Internet

A look at bloggers/forum posters that fake their own deaths: The death bloggers. I've had a similar experience though it didn't involve the poster's death. This person was continuously the victim of drama. The details of her stories were very inconsistent and it became obvious that she wasn't being truthful with members of the community. … Continue reading Shiny Bits of the Internet

Keith linked this to my Facebook wall: The Kindle Revolution | The Big Money My response, since it was a little long for FB: The publishing industry (like most industries, I suppose) has been very slow to change. Amazon.com alone has been a complicating factor to their distribution model since its inception, but changing the … Continue reading

This morning’s reading. I need to work…

The Origin of Menopause: Why Do Women Outlive Fertility?: Scientific AmericanThe "grandmother theory" came up in conversation just the other night. Still, the rest of women's systems do decline after menopause. Women get to weigh the benefit/risk of taking hormones for the last 40-50 years of their lives.Debate over core exercises - Los Angeles TimesNothing … Continue reading This morning’s reading. I need to work…

Things to bookmark later on my other computer:Love to Know 1911Mortakai's MumblingsAbout.com's Free Online TV ListAnd for future reference:A Valentine's Gift from Writer Beware -- 'Cause Ann and Victoria really do love us.