Hiatus

I’m posting this in advance to be published Thursday afternoon, because I don’t expect to be in a position to do anything useful that day. My second knee surgery is happening just before that, and based on the last time, I will still be totally doped up on pain medications come Thursday. Seriously, that stuff sucks my brain cells out. The hospital might as well be a hygienic opium den with really boring decor.

And before then? I’m on the verge of finishing Tangled Magic and my blasted characters are on strike. I really, really want to get the requisite HEA written before surgery, so that after I get out of the opium den I can start proofreading and editing without worrying about the ending pages. So, sorry, unless Elspet Rattray and Lord Kinross manage to communicate with each other today, I won’t have any brain cells to spare before the operation either.

See you guys in a few weeks.

14 comments

  1. All the best for a speedy recovery, but remember that speedy in later life is not the same as speedy when you were a teenager. So be kind to yourself.

  2. Success w knee surgery lies in keeping up the rehab exercises AFTER the doc/insurance prescribed ones are used up. Strong muscles and ligaments around that joint will ever after be key to low pain mobility. You GOT This! Sending ‘good vibrations’ your way. (Rehab sucks BTW, but the endorphin rush after you finish each session can become quite addictive.)

  3. A) Get better fast, Margaret!

    B) Off topic but of interest to us all, Barnes & Noble finally hired a book guy.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-03-04/barnes-noble-wants-to-be-more-like-an-indie-bookseller

    Couple of quotes caught my eye:

    “Promotional agreements, in which publishers pay bookstores to take on inventory and showcase it, are a common source of revenue in the bookselling industry, but they can be grossly inefficient. Months later shops have to return thousands of unsold copies to their suppliers if demand is weaker than expected. Barnes & Noble’s current return rate across all titles is about a quarter, roughly the same as when Daunt joined Waterstones. It’s worse for new releases: About half of the latest books Barnes & Noble stocks are returned unsold, he says.”

    The publishers have no f-ing idea what they’re doing. 50% -average- return rate on new titles!!! Are you kidding me?!

    “The fear that e-readers would soon kill the assembly of ink, paper, and glue fueled the development of Barnes & Noble’s own tablet, the Nook, which sought but ultimately failed—at a cost of more than $1 billion—to compete with the Kindle two years after Amazon introduced it in 2007.”

    The B&N Nook experiment cost them a $Billion with a B. Holy. Fructose. That’s a lotta latinum, baby.

    Recalling the travails with authors here trying to get their book in the B&N Nook store only to find it didn’t sell, the failure seems to have been predicted by y’all a long time ago.

    The new plan by the new owners is to let managers order what they know will sell instead of taking the pallet-loads of publisher push.

    The push is dead. Long live the pull!

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