This isn't the post I'd planned. Okay, I'll be honest. I didn't have a post planned. The last week has been a whirlwind of dealing with issues with Victory from Ashes' release (including firing a proofreader who has been reliable in the past) to family commitments to other real life things. The high point, aside... Continue Reading →
Macmillan, the publisher that keeps on taking
Let's face it, Macmillan isn't known for its love of e-books. From the moment Jim Baen and, later, Amazon showed the viability of the new technology, Macmillan and others did their best to torpedo the new market. The Big 5 (remember when it was the Big 6) engaged in price collusion, ongoing attempts to undermine... Continue Reading →
They Just Won’t Learn
Today's topic is brought to you by the continuing idiocy of some traditional publishers. Seriously, I couldn't figure out what to write about this morning. Stuck, I decided to check The Passive Voice to see if anything inspired me. I should have started there instead of trying to wrack my coffee-deprived brain. There, on the... Continue Reading →
What we Like vs. What the Literatti Think We Should Like?
If you watch much (or any) PBS programming, you might have noticed a call to vote in The Great American Read poll. What's interesting is what people actually like. Spoiler alert - genre fiction and great stories, as well as books we read as kids. Not necessarily "great literature" or "good prose." (From The Wall... Continue Reading →
A new form of Amazon Derangement Syndrome
The other day, Forbes published a post entitled "Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money". Yes, you read that right. The article was written by Long Island University Post economics professor, Panos Mourdoukoutas. All I can say is if this is his idea of fiscal responsibility, I don't want my kids or grandkids (when... Continue Reading →
Wait, we’re already shelved?
Brad's out hiding Easter eggs (okay, he said he was out in the field doing army things. But I have my suspicions. If your Easter egg comes in OD green with "front toward enemy..."), and I'm waiting on a root canal tomorrow morning, so instead of a long article about how to get your book... Continue Reading →
I opened a fortune cookie one morning, having forgotten it the night before, and read that “You will be surrounded by things of luxury.” I couldn’t argue with this, I was going to be spending my day at a library surrounded by books. That got me thinking on how the status of books has changed,... Continue Reading →
Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse
When I went to bed last night, I already had today's post outlined in my head. The only reason I hadn't written it was I'd been doing line edits all day and was ready to switch off the computer when I came across a post which had quotes from agents about how they turn to... Continue Reading →
And the winner of the “What the bleep are they thinking?” award is…
After struggling over the last week or so to find something to write about for this blog, today finds me in the position of trying to pare down topics into something manageable. So, with coffee mug in hand, here I go. . . . First up: for those who have been waiting for dedicated e-readers... Continue Reading →
Some links and a promise of a real blog later today.
I'll be back later today with a real blog -- sorry, guys, but I popped my shoulder out late yesterday afternoon and even though it is back in joint now, it hurts like hell and is making typing difficult -- but for now, here are some links I thought you might be interested in. Indie... Continue Reading →